Software and AI are both an essential part in controlling computers and a solution to many problems across industries. Working in the computing industry is an exciting career that challenges you to use both analytical and creative skills and be at the forefront of the latest technological advances. 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 programme. After your Foundation Year, this course has a shared first year across multiple specialisms. After your first year, if you want to study a different specialism you can choose to change between BSc (Hons) Computer Science and BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? BNU is invested in you and your future. We ensure that our courses are designed with you and industry in mind, so that you can graduate confident that you can make competitive job applications post-university. We know that the industry is constantly changing and rapidly evolving, which is why we are committed to implementing new and improved technologies in our topics, teaching and facilities. We’ve created our Computer Science programme to help you design and programme systems capable of solving real-world challenges. Our programme is a part of our strong Computing school, and you’ll be taught by a team of expert lecturers who have vast experience of working in their respective fields. To further enhance your education, we invite in guest lectures to share their experience and expertise and host day-long interactive events run by leaders in their field giving you the chance to put your knowledge into action. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study ? Throughout the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course, you'll build advanced programming skills and be taught how to develop highly dependable and reliable systems, within an object-oriented design approach. You'll study the process involved in managing the development of large-scale software projects. Furthermore, specialist modules allow you to explore the areas of real-time systems, cloud computing, data science, design patterns, AI and more! You'll acquire a broad range of skills covering computation theory, fundamentals of computer science, compliers and operating systems, basic programming, software development and testing, web applications and databases, algorithms and data structures, whilst building secure web and mobile applications, alongside analysing life-critical systems. From your first day and onwards, you are with us, you will be studying topics ranging from, Computer Architecture, Discrete Mathematics, User Experience (UX) and Data Science. This programme is founded in software and web technologies with a focus on the technical side of web-based applications and services for working in industries that require expertise in web focused sectors of computing. The course provides a balance of theory and practice, providing opportunities to apply knowledge into real projects where possible. You will acquire a wide range of skills and competences such as the ability to think critically about real-world problems. You will be exposed to a variety of computing discipline areas, so that you will then be able to select and apply appropriate principles, theories, best practices and appropriate technologies to address the needs of different business contexts, users, customers and stakeholders.
Foundation year Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Digital Media Computing Essentials Year one Core Modules Programming Concepts Computer Architecture Networks Web Development Computational Fundamentals Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Modules Data Essentials Object Oriented Programming Research Methods Optional Modules Introduction to Natural Language Processing Real-Time Systems Algorithms and Data Structures Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Modules Advanced Programming Extended Independent Work Optional Modules Design Patterns Critical Systems Cloud Computing Data Science Knowledge-Based Systems in Artificial Intelligence
At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we have a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions, seminars and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience. We like to design our course to reflect the workplace so you will have the opportunity to carry out independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment. We will also provide reading lists and suggested resources to enhance independent study. You are more than a number at BNU, and we are here to support you through your education journey. We have in place regular contact hours with our tutors and provide you with informal feedback throughout the programme of study. Over the years of your course you will be assessed and graded in a multitude of ways to allow you to develop and expand on your abilities and skills. Assessments for the various modules will mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with the focus being on testing the practical application of the various concepts and techniques being conveyed.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
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This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|