• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

Interested in all areas of computing? Not sure which area to specialise in? This course offers a broad training in a variety of IT disciplines and is designed to prepare students for a range of computing positions. If you have strong problem-solving skills and a mind for critical thinking, then a career in computing could be for you.

Working to the standards of Microsoft and Cisco

Throughout this course you will develop significant practical skills, balancing theory with work-related experience. We place a lot of emphasis on industry standards from Microsoft and Cisco, making graduates more desirable to employers seeking computer literate staff.

Understand the diversity of computing

You’ll discover and master IT applications and programming basics as well as networks and web development. We carry out regular and varied assessment tasks, often directly related to industry-relevant problems and during the second year you’ll take on a work-related project. This is an opportunity for students to seek live briefs from clients such as charities, local organisations or within other departments of the University.

This course provides graduates with a strong footing for a career in the IT industry and a great taste of all areas of computing. On completion of the course, graduates have the opportunity to develop their expertise in specialist areas through a conversion course for an honours degree.

Course Details


From business modelling and programming concepts to open source systems and database design, the Computing foundation course at Bucks New University offers a broad understanding of computer and IT disciplines. Graduates will develop skills in all aspects of computing and acquire a variety of transferable skills for the workplace.

A wealth of experience

To ensure that we evolve alongside this fast-moving industry, we invest significantly in both our facilities and experienced staff. Our computing lecturers have in-depth experience working in their respective fields and course material is based on their commercial experience and research activities.

The Computing FDSc is built on a number of professional certification programmes including Microsoft, HP and Cisco, which give graduates with an advantage when entering the jobs market.

Future flexibility

This foundation course gives students a good understanding of the various disciplines of IT and computing. Following this course, graduates are able to further their education in specific areas of interest, specialising in areas such as programming and development, network or software engineering.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score between 40-64 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Application Programming
  • Business Modelling
  • Computer Architectures
  • Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
  • Networking
  • Programming Concepts
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Web Development

Year 2 Modules

  • Database Design
  • Mobile Systems
  • Network Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Open Source Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Applications
  • Work-Related Project


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

The foundation degree is designed to meet the needs of industry and graduates will be qualified to work as programmers, IT support services, software and network engineers and database administrators. You may choose to conduct research in operating systems, information retrieval or systems engineering.

Graduates also have the option to develop their expertise further on a conversion course taking their foundation degree up to an honours in a related or specialist area.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the path to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage our students to find work placements and live briefs, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.