*Fast-track into your degree with our accelerated foundation year programme. You can start in January and finish in July – ready to progress straight into the undergraduate degree in September. You will:
- be based at our High Wycombe Campus
- benefit from the full programme
- accelerate your journey into higher education
- develop your confidence and skills in degree-level learning
- enjoy all the great facilities on offer.
This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development course.
The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
During your first year, we will help you identify what employers are looking for from their future recruits, including practical and transferrable skills, personal qualities and business awareness. This new knowledge will lay an excellent foundation for you when you graduate, enabling you to present yourself effectively to employers using a CV, application form and during interviews.
We will also encourage you to develop your entrepreneurial skills. We'll show you how to formulate a plan for a new idea or product, showing who your customers are and how their needs will be met. You'll also learn how to pitch your ideas in a range of ways.
Other modules in the Foundation Year include Computing Essentials, covering web design and mobile apps, networking and programming, and also Digital Media which will give you the basic processing skills needed to manage content such as images, animations and audio.
Web developers are highly desirable for employers
BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development is founded in software engineering and web technologies. It includes modules on developing and deploying secure and mobile-ready web applications with backend databases. You'll learn alternative architectures for emerging cloud-based technologies. And you'll be prepared for both generic 'computing' job markets and more specialised areas that require mobile web-based services. Both these aspects are much sought after by UK and international employers.
Learn more than just programming websites
Learn skills beyond the core technologies of web programming. If you enjoy 'code' there are many opportunities to extend your knowledge to new programming and database management languages. You will also develop technical competency in user-interface and location-sensitive frameworks, industry-standards for secure and robust software engineering, database development and network operation.
The course addresses the professional and customer-facing skills that are essential for employment in computing industries. Modules also provide opportunities to prepare for the professional certification programmes of global industries such as Microsoft, HP and Cisco.
Amazon Web Services Academy Member
We are proud to have partnership with Amazon for running Amazon AWS Academy at Bucks, helping you gain industry standard knowledge and skills and further enhancing your career prospects. This forms part of our undergraduate module Cloud Computing, and allows you to have full access to all Amazon web services resources, materials, labs, online assessments and exams preparations.
You will be able to practice the technology provided by the world cloud leader and undertake a free Amazon AWS official certification MOC exam, and gain a 50% discount on Amazon AWS (Cloud Architecture) official certification exam (optional for students). For further information, please contact Dr Rafid Al-Khannak.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: LL10
We've amassed a diverse range of expertise over the years, giving more and more students the opportunity to specialise in specific areas within computing. We've invested in the best facilities for your next step into a computing career. The Computing Department and our Careers service also offer development opportunities that may involve placements, internships or employment in local companies.
Expert teaching from professional developers
Our lecturers work closely with industry through partnerships or by helping web development and related industries with research, consultancy, technical and managerial inputs. These relationships provide a professional edge to our teaching. They are also a useful source of internship and industry-brief opportunities for our students.
Start your career in web development from day one
We give you every opportunity to expand your programming knowledge. You'll acquire programming, network, and professional skills, expanding these to more advanced web applications, architectures, databases and emerging standards for mobile and cloud deployment of services.
In your final year you will consolidate skills in web application development and pursue specialisms in mobile, database and Artificial Intelligence technologies. You will also integrate your skills and showcase your knowledge by undertaking a Final Year Project. Many students also benefit from industry placement opportunities in their final year.
We've designed the course to give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of careers in the digital industries. The Department of Computing graduate successes include employment with international companies, such as IBM, SAP, HS2, Honda, BT and Capita, as well as a many smaller but locally established companies providing web and other digital services to media and health concerns.
What are the course entry requirements?
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Inquiry and Research Skills
- Digital Media
- Computing Essentials
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Year 1 Modules
- Application Programming
- Computer Architectures
- Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
- Programming Concepts
- User Experience (UX)
- Web Development
Year 2 Modules
- Web Applications
- Network Systems
- Database Design
- Object Oriented Systems Development
- Open Source Systems
- Software Engineering
- Web Services (Team Project)
- Mobile Systems
Year 3 Modules
- Cloud Computing
- Enterprise Systems Development
- Advanced Programming (optional)
- Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I. (optional)
- Database Development (optional)
- Advanced Mobile Systems (optional)
- Network Security
- E-Business Systems Development
- Learning Machines & Intelligent Agents (optional)
- Database Technologies (optional)
- Data Structures & Algorithms (optional)
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks