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FDSc Computing

TARIFF: 56 - 80
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Interested in all areas of computing? Not sure which area to specialise in? This course offers a broad training in a variety of IT disciplines and is designed to prepare you for a range of computing positions.
If you have strong problem-solving skills and a mind for critical thinking, then this course could be for you. Discover all areas of computing and define your practice as you go forward.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Students’ Union

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

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90% of computing students found staff made the subject interesting

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Why study this subject?

This foundation course will give you a good understanding of the various disciplines of IT and computing. Following this course, you will be able to further your education in specific areas of interest, specialising in areas such as programming and development, network or software engineering.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Throughout this course you will develop significant practical skills, balancing theory with work-related experience. We place a lot of emphasis on industry standards from Microsoft and Cisco, making graduates more desirable to employers seeking computer literate staff.

What facilities can I use?

To ensure that we evolve alongside this fast-moving industry, we invest significantly in both our facilities and experienced staff. Our computing lecturers have in-depth experience working in their respective fields and course material is based on their commercial experience and research activities.

Our Computing FDSc is built on a number of professional certification programmes including Microsoft, HP and Cisco, which give graduates with an advantage when entering the jobs market.

What will I study?

From business modelling and programming concepts to open source systems and database design, the Computing foundation course at BNU offers a broad understanding of computer and IT disciplines. Graduates will develop skills in all aspects of computing and acquire a variety of transferable skills for the workplace.

This course provides graduates with a strong footing for a career in the IT industry and a great taste of all areas of computing. On completion of the course, graduates have the opportunity to develop their expertise in specialist areas through a conversion course for an honours degree.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You’ll discover and master IT applications and programming basics as well as networks and web development. We carry out regular and varied assessment tasks, often directly related to industry-relevant problems and during the second year you’ll take on a work-related project. This is an opportunity for students to seek live briefs from clients such as charities, local organisations or within other departments of the University.

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Useful Information

FDSC Foundation Degree Science Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 56 - 80

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Application Programming

Business Modelling

Computer Architectures

Digital Technologies and Professional Practice


Programming Concepts

User Experience (UX)

Web Development

Year 2 Modules

Database Design

Mobile Systems

Network Systems

Object Oriented Systems Development

Open Source Systems

Software Engineering

Web Applications

Work-Related Project

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Our FDSC Computing course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Programmer
  • IT support services
  • Software engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Database administrators.

Graduates also have the option to develop their expertise further on a conversion course taking their foundation degree up to an honours in a related or specialist area.

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