• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: January* and September 2021

Course Overview

*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.

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.

What will this course cover?

The degree has a broad scope and covers the main areas within the field of computing. You'll also learn key industrial skills that are transferrable within technology based careers. During your time with us, you'll learn about all crucial aspects of computer system and software development including analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance.

This hands on course will see you master the art of computer programming using core languages such as: Java, C# and C++. You'll cover the full systems implementation cycle. This will be done using industrial standard tools and techniques including Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools and through advanced development methods.

Developing skills for a career in IT

Our programme balances theory and practice in computing systems and software engineering. This course provides a strong foundation and offers the opportunity to specialise in various computing branches of the industry. Students focus on their areas of specialist interest by choice of options and through an individual project in the final year. Thus enabling you to move forward into a number of sector career paths such as Software Developer, System Development, Mobile Development, Networking & Security, Database Management, IT support and Research.

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: II10

From analysis and design, through to database theory, networking, object-orientated programming, mobile computing and web-development, the BSc (Hons) Computing (with Foundation Year) course at Bucks offers a strong understanding of current computing applications design and development. You will develop a full-range of system development skills including maintenance and quality assurance as well as a variety of transferable skills for industry.

A Wealth of Experience

We have a strong computing department at the University, with an experienced team of dedicated academics and professionals delivering industry-relevant courses in a suite of well-equipped computer labs.

The computing curriculum is aligned with key elements of recognised professional certification* programmes. The course has been developed with input from major industry leaders such as Microsoft, Oracle, HP and Cisco. This is to maximise opportunities for graduates when entering the jobs market. (*Full accreditation is via self-funded examinations)

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

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

Year 2 Modules

  • Web Applications
  • Network Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Database Design
  • Open Source Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Intro to Intelligent Systems (Team Project)
  • Mobile Systems

Year 3 Modules

  • Advanced Programming (optional)
  • Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I. (optional)
  • Cloud Computing (optional)
  • Database Development (optional)
  • Enterprise Systems Development (optional)
  • Advanced Mobile Development
  • Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents (optional)
  • Security (optional)
  • Database Technologies (optional)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (optional)
  • Project

Fees

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
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

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

Employability

What are my career prospects

Being able to contribute to the analysis, design, creation and management of information systems and software, you will find a variety of exciting and dynamic career paths open to you. You will be qualified to work in software development, systems analysis, corporate or Government IT, database administration, web system development, system support, network engineering and research. You may also enjoy a career in the vibrant and growing area of Mobile and Cloud Computing.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route 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 gain sector experience whilst studying and actively look for clients for their project work. Which provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills in a work base setting. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more confident of your discipline expertise, ready for your exciting future within the growing computing world.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment 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.