Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Data Science with Foundation Year

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

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. With our practical BSc (Hons) Data Science degree, we'll help prepare you for a successful career. You'll benefit from our industry links, well-equipped computer labs, smaller class sizes and experienced and supportive staff. Why study this subject? Data science can be described, in simple terms, as the study of data. The information and their assessment of big data can reveal interpretations and insights that can be utilised in many contexts, such as:

  • businesses predicting and capitalising on consumer behaviour
  • banking institutions detecting fraud
  • investors using a combination of big data and artificial intelligence to make more informed investment choices
  • pharmaceutical companies using data analysis to accelerate the development of promising drugs.
What facilities can I use? Our computing facilities are packed with the latest equipment. We regularly upgrade our computer hardware and software, so you have the equipment and facilities to truly excel. What will I study? This programme will provide you with a strong grounding in the technologies and systems that underpin the secure storage, sharing, analysis and presentation of data in various situations for different purposes. This will include a broad education in computer architectures, networks, information security, programming, databases, web technology and software engineering. Data analysis will naturally represent a central theme on the course. Technologies, information systems and different associated components will then be used to transform data into significant information so that stakeholders can report findings and make evidence-based decisions. The final stage of the programme provides options for different specialisation pathways. Depending upon what has inspired you during your course, and perhaps motivated by future career ambitions, you can potentially select modules that concentrate on either database development, artificial intelligence or cloud computing and network security. This programme will:
  • provide an in-depth understanding of the different dimensions of the field of data science
  • equip you with relevant technical skills and experience in the use of different technologies, systems, approaches and methodologies relevant for the secure storage, communication, analysis and presentation of data
  • develop your skills and knowledge so you can systematically and critically analyse the different methods and strategies for addressing various data-related problems
  • give you an appreciation of professional, moral, legal and ethical issues involved in computing and information technology.
How will I be taught and assessed? This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. 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. Lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions will all be appropriately utilised, with a gradual progression from formal teaching towards more student-centred and independent learning, through the levels of the programme. Assessments are then designed to help you learn and apply relevant knowledge, concepts and skills whilst developing those competencies and characteristics needed to be successful in education and employment. The Project in your final year represents a major piece of independent research focused on some significant problem, which can be linked to some current business challenge or an idea that will support your own career aspirations.

Course details

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Buckinghamshire New University
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification 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.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data. For further information, see the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £12500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Data Science with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS