*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) Data Science 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.
Data science can be described, in simple terms, as the study of data. Data scientists are in high demand because they can interrogate data and use analytics to find patterns, trends and relationships in data sets. This information can then be used in everything from predicting consumer behaviour, to accelerating the development of promising new drugs.
This degree gives you a strong grounding in the technologies and systems that underpin data recording, storage and analysis, so you can provide valuable support to organisations wanting to use data to help with their decision-making.
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.
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We will look at how large amounts of complex data can be exposed to statistical analysis and computational processing to disclose meaningful information for organisations.
You will also be able to explore the many contexts and uses of data analysis across different industries, from how it is being used in banking to help with fraud detection, to understanding how investors are able to use a combination of big data and artificial intelligence to make more informed investment choices.
Solid computing knowledge
You will gain broad knowledge of computer architectures, networks, information security, programming, databases, web technology and software engineering.
We will then explore how those technologies, information systems and different components can be used to transform data into significant information, to help stakeholders report findings and make evidence-based decisions.
We will cover related areas too, such as data warehousing, big data, business intelligence, data visualisation, intelligent systems and statistical methods.
Choose your direction
In the final part of the course, you’ll get to specialise in the topics of most interest to you, whether that’s database development, artificial intelligence, cloud computing or network security. You’ll also work on an in-depth project, looking at a particular topic of your choosing, adding to your research, problem solving and critical analysis skills.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Digital Media
- Computing Essentials
Year One Modules
- Computer Architectures
- Programming Concepts
- Database Design
- Web Development
- Application Programming
- Data Warehousing
- Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
Year Two Modules
- Web Applications
- Big Data
- Information Security
- Business Intelligence
- Data Presentation and Visualisation
- Statistical Methods
- Software Engineering
- Intro to Intelligent Systems (Team Project)
Year Three Modules
- Data Science
- Database Development (optional)
- Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I. (optional)
- Cloud Computing (optional)
- Legal Aspects of IT
- Database Technologies (optional)
- Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents (optional)
- Network Security (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