Bucks joins AWS Academy to offer authorised courses

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Date: 27th Sep 2018

Computing students at Buckinghamshire New University will be able to gain qualifications through AWS Academy.

This year the University is offering the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (ACF) course for third-year students on a Cloud Computing module to build skills needed in the workforce.

As an AWS Academy member institution, Bucks New University has access to an authorised cloud computing curriculum, developed and maintained by Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Under the agreement, students can undertake the course over a term, take a free mock exam, and get a 50 per cent discount on the official AWS certification exam.

Dr Rafid Al-Khannak Senior Lecturer Dr Rafid Al-Khannak, certified by Amazon to lead and run the course, said “Amazon is the cloud technology world leader and its Amazon Web Services offers a pioneering learning environment.

“Bucks New University is the first to run the qualifications in Buckinghamshire and it brings amazing benefits to our students.

“This represents a great opportunity to add value to our mainstream curriculum, university portfolio and profile, and the students' experience.

“These Amazon certificates are among the most in-demand in the industry nowadays and gaining one will significantly enhance our students' potential to be hired."

Anyone undertaking the course will have access to online material, labs, handouts, projects, and assessments.

Dr Al-Khannak (pictured), Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development, BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development with Foundation Year, and MSc Cyber Security leads cloud computing and network security modules.

He added: "This will bring amazing benefits to all third-year students who undertake the cloud computing module.

"They will be able to practice the modern technology provided by a world cloud leader, with an access to highest level of curriculum content and materials, high quality labs, handouts, projects, and online assessments."


The University will also be teaching AWS Academy Cloud Computing Architecture (ACA), part of the AWS Academy, in future.

For more details email Rafid.Al-Khannak@bucks.ac.uk.

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