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Why study this subject?
From connected homes to smart cities, the world is becoming increasingly digital. After all, technology helps us communicate, work and relax. And it’s an incredible way to start an exciting, fulfilling career.
Today, computers are an essential part of our lives. A degree in Computing and Web Development gives you the chance to explore an increasingly vital part of everyday life.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
On our BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development degree programme, you’ll learn skills beyond the core technologies of web programming.
As well as preparing you for employment in a globally expanding computing industry, this course gives you the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in a wide range of sectors that depend on digital technologies. These include:
- Health sectors
- and many other computing-specialist areas of industry, finance and commerce.
Our BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development degree programme is founded in software engineering and web technologies. We focus on the technical side of web-based applications and services for working in industries that require expertise in areas such as:
- Web and mobile development
- IT support
- Software development
- Network industries.
We’re also always on the lookout for new opportunities to broaden your experience and help you enhance your career prospects.
If you enjoy ‘code’ there are many opportunities to extend your knowledge to new programming and database management languages. You will also develop technical competency in user-interface and location-sensitive frameworks, industry-standards for secure and robust software engineering, database development and network operation.
You’ll learn alternative architectures for emerging cloud-based technologies. You will also study modules on developing and deploying secure and mobile-ready web applications with backend databases. This will help prepare you for both generic ‘computing’ job markets and more specialised areas that require mobile web-based services. Both these aspects are much sought after by UK and international employers.
The course addresses the professional and customer-facing skills that are essential for employment in computing industries. Modules also provide opportunities to prepare for the professional certification programmes of global industries such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco.
As part of our Cloud Computing module, we are proud to run Amazon AWS Academy, allowing you full access to all Amazon web services resources, materials, labs, online assessments and exams preparations.
You will be able to practice the technology provided by the world cloud leader and undertake a free Amazon AWS official certification MOC exam, as well as gain a 50% discount on Amazon AWS (Cloud Architecture) official certification exam (optional for students). For further information, please contact Dr Rafid Al-Khannak.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in the best facilities for your next step into a computing career.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
You can also benefit from BucksAnywhere, a web service which provides access to many of the software applications we use for teaching and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own Windows or Mac device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
What will I study?
In the first year, you’ll acquire programming, network, and professional skills.
In your second year you will expand these to more advanced web applications, architectures, databases and emerging standards for mobile and cloud deployment of services.
In your final year you will consolidate skills in web application development and pursue specialisms in mobile, database and Artificial Intelligence technologies. You will also integrate your skills and showcase your knowledge by undertaking a Final Year Project.
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.
You’ll be taught by a team of expert academics and specialist professionals. Together, they use their collective experience of academia, industry and commerce to give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you’ll need for your career.
Our lecturers work closely with industry through partnerships or by helping web development and related industries with research, consultancy, technical and managerial inputs. These relationships provide a professional edge to our teaching. They are also a useful source of internship and industry-brief opportunities for our students.
The wider Computing Department and our Careers service also offer development opportunities that may involve placements, internships or employment in local companies. Many students benefit from industry placement opportunities in their final year.
Course assignments reflect real-life problems because we believe that’s the best way to learn – and it’s more fun!
A variety of assessment methods will be used as appropriate to the module, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignment, workshops, presentations and formal examination.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry 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. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list 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
Inquiry and Research Skills
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Year 2 Modules
Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
User Experience (UX)
Year 3 Modules
Object Oriented Systems Development
Open Source Systems
Web Services (Team Project)
Year 4 Modules
Advanced Mobile Systems (optional)
Data Structures and Algorithms
Database Development (optional)
Database Technologies (optional)
E-Business Systems Development
Enterprise Systems Development
Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I. (optional)
Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
We’ve designed the course to give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of successful careers in the digital industries.
An online presence is now vital for every business. You’ll be able to develop and maintain their internal web-based systems and show them the benefits of distributed frameworks, services and social-media applications.
The Department of Computing graduate successes include employment with international companies, such as:
- as well as a many smaller but locally established companies providing web and other digital services to media and health concerns.
You may also choose to continue your studies, and work towards a postgraduate degree or professional certification, or to specialise in the emerging challenges of cyber security and big data analytics.
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We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.