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 intensive 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.
The content of this fast-track programme is compatible with the UK QAA subject benchmark statement for Computing and with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The intensive nature of the programme requires motivation, commitment and above all good management of time.
Modules available on this course
- 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)
A particularly important feature of the BSc in Computing (and all BSc Computing major with minor programmes) is the individual project, which extends over the first three terms of the second year, and involves the specification, development and testing of a substantial piece of software. The project is a crucial element of the degree, counting for 45 units. In support of this, you will for example learn to program in C# and C++, as well as taking modules in databases, human-computer interaction, and Internet & World Wide Web technologies.
The purpose of the project is to provide you with the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge in a chosen area of computing or information systems, to exercise judgment in solving a major problem and to develop a working software system. You will be expected to:
- Choose an appropriate project topic and identify a problem to work on.
- Identify the work required to solve the problem.
- Plan and organise the project work.
- Carry out the work and deliver a sound solution to the problem.
- Submit all required reports, program codes and prototype systems.
- Exercise judgment in chosen solutions throughout the project.
Through the project, you will gain experience in:
- Acquiring, organising and presenting knowledge in a field of study and applying the knowledge to solve an identified problem.
- Comparing and selecting suitable approaches and methods in solving the problem.
- Exercising initiative and sustained effort to set and achieve a clear set of objectives within stated deadlines.
- Developing solutions and implementing the solutions.
- Mastering a particular programming language, which can be different from the ones that you have learnt.
Through the project, you will also enhance your transferrable skills in autonomy, communications and time management demanded by the industry.
The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the silver box (above).
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme. To commence studies in January, applicants must have at least grade ‘C’ / grade 4 GCSE in their chosen language.
All of our undergraduate programmes operate a flexible entry process, and the Admissions Tutor is happy to consider entrants from all backgrounds with slightly lower qualifications if they are able to demonstrate an alternative eligibility for the course. This may be in the form of relevant work experience, keen aptitude and a passion for the subject, or unlocked potential that you feel can be discovered through your studies at Buckingham. If you are uncertain whether you will be eligible to apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form. Our UCAS code is B90.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Assistant for Applied Computing would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
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.
High calibre staff
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.
Preparation for work
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.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
What our students say
“Having completed a degree in Computing with Economics, I can say that it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile journey. The combined degree gave me the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of Computing as well as being exposed to the basic concepts and practices of Economics. Completing a degree in 2 years can be very challenging, however, the support that students receive from lecturers, more than made up for it. Staff at the University of Buckingham are very approachable and due to a smaller number of students, the likeliness of their availability is much higher than at other universities. If anyone wants a Computing degree and has any sort of interest in Economics, I strongly recommend picking this combined degree at Buckingham. Having recently graduated, I now look forward to starting a Master’s in Management degree at Warwick Business School.”
BSc Computing with Economics, 2014
“From my arrival at the University of Buckingham, I found my time to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The whole department are all very approachable and friendly, and the support and help received throughout the course has been great. The course itself was challenging and stimulating, and although the 2 year programme can be stressful at times, there is still plenty to do, and time to do it, in Buckingham and the surrounding area.”
BSc Computing, 2013
“As a Computing student, I was glad that our modules included both essential concepts and some current ones like the Mobile Application Development and Data Mining course modules. The department regularly invites budding entrepreneurs of local businesses or those of others within the UK to present talks and recruit our students. Academics from other universities were invited often to give presentations on their current work. We did not miss out on the presentation action as we got to do more project progress presentation than we may have liked at the time.
“Finally taking the two year Buckingham course has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. Because of the small class size I have been able to communicate with my tutors and lecturers more than I have had to at other institutions previously attended. The two year course here could be very intense. The amount of work especially after the first six months proved to be more than I had realized before signing up but support and encouragement from my personal tutor and other departmental staff was always available. I miss the university already and cannot wait to see some of my friends during graduation.”
BSc Computing, 2013
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Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
- 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
- 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
- High Achiever Scholarship
We offer a reduction of £2,000 on your tuition fees if you achieve AAB or above in your A levels (or equivalent) excluding General Studies. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. It will be reviewed after your preliminary and subsequent examinations and will continue if your average mark is in the upper second or first class.
- Five Counties Scholarship
If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,000 per annum providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.
- Buckingham Bursaries
If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Loan of £5,000 or more from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Five Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).
An International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
Find out more
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.