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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January
The BSc Computing (with integrated Foundation) programme will benefit those individuals who wish to study an undergraduate degree but have non-standard academic qualifications.
Year one will follow the Foundation Pathway programme with the addition of the Access to Computing programme introducing students to key concepts and study skills. This is followed by a pre-university access programme specially designed for Applied Computing. The overall aim is to equip students who have not achieved the minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Computing with the fundamental knowledge and essential skills required for the intensive study of the undergraduate degree programme at Buckingham.
These preparatory modules include mathematics, fundamentals of computing as well as web computing. Students must pass all modules before being allowed on to the BSc Computing degree portion of the programme.
In years two and three students will build on these skills and enhance their knowledge, understanding and practice in core subjects following the BSc Computing programme structure. Throughout the three years, a student will be equipped with the skills to reach their potential in academic studies.
Computing and communications technologies lie at the heart of modern society. They include hardware, software, networks, tools, telecommunications equipment and required standards that provide the technological framework on which the delivery of information services is based. The IT industry is reporting a widening gap in software skills while hard technology is developing and diversifying fast.
The overall aim of this programme is to enable all students to develop their potential so that they can apply what they have learnt to deal with computational problems and develop solutions in a real-world environment. Through studying this programme, students learn how to specify, design, develop and operate efficient and innovative computer-based systems and gain up-to-date knowledge of the relevant computing technologies at an advanced level within a shorter space of time. Graduates of the degree programme will be able to undertake a variety of careers in the IT industry, including programming, systems analysis and design, network and systems management, and technical support. Alternatively, they can advance their careers in research in computing/computer science in academic institutions at Buckingham, other UK universities or universities abroad.
Foundation year modules: Advanced Academic Skills, Critical Thinking, English and Study Skills, English for Academic Studies, Essential Computing Skills, Essential Mathematics, International Studies, Evolution in Computing, Introduction to Web Computing, Life and Institutions, Essential Mathematics for Computing, Foundation Mathematics, Fundamentals of Computing, Research Skills, Mathmatical Methods.
Degree modules: Introduction to Computer Systems (Level 4), Introduction to Operating Systems (Level 4), Introduction to Statistics (Level 4), Mathematics for Computing (Level 4), Study Skills for Science (Level 4), Problem Solving and Programming 1 (Level 4), Problem Solving and Programming 2 (Level 5), Human-Computer Interaction (Level 5), Multimedia Systems (Level 5), Object-Oriented Programming (Level 5), Principles of Computer Networks (Level 5), Principles of Database Systems (Level 5), Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues (Level 5)
Web Applications Development (Level 5), Algorithm Design, Implementation and Analysis (Level 6), Cloud Computing (Level 6), Embedded Systems (Level 6), Image Processing (Level 6), Information Security (Level 6), Mobile Application Development (Level 6), Software Engineering (Level 6), Software Project Management (Level 6), Technologies for Business Intelligence (Level 6), Project (Level 6)
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars, workshops and tutorials. It is enhanced by virtual learning environments, online / stand-alone computer-based teaching, learning packages and software tools.
A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of the University’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.
Many of our Information Systems and Computing courses have supervised practical classes in the computer laboratories in which you can apply and practise the techniques you have learnt in the lectures. These practical sessions are usually two or three hours long. You will also be expected to study on your own, using the library for reading research and the computer laboratories to improve your practical skills.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
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Points of entry
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With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/
|A level||Entry requirements vary. Please contact our Admissions Team.|
Entry requirements vary. Please contact our Admissions Team.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£34,650||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£34,650||Whole course|
Additional fee information
The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships