BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Sharpen your skills and prepare yourself for the workplace by studying our BSc (Hons) in Computing and Web Development. From the latest developments in industry to cutting-edge applications you will be able to learn how computer theory and web development can work hand-in-hand to provide an exciting and fast paced career.
You will have access to fully equipped computing facilities and be taught by expert lecturers providing high quality teaching and support in a friendly, motivated learning environment . You’ll also benefit from our partnership with Amazon where we run its AWS Academy, allowing you to gain industry standard knowledge and skills and further enhance your career prospects.
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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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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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Why study this subject?

Now is an exciting time to study a computing-related degree, as we are seeing technology opening up and evolving the way in which we communicate, work and socialise. A degree in Computing and Web Development could lead to start a fast-paced and fulfilling career in a wide variety of sectors, including business, health care, hospitality, sport, aviation, travel, education and finance, to name just a few!

There has been an increase in demand from companies looking for employees with strong digital skills and knowledge and a computing and web development degree is the perfect way to gain a detailed understanding of the computing theory and programming concepts needed to make your mark in the technology sector.

Give yourself an edge in the graduate market by studying a hands-on degree. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the latest industry knowledge alongside working with industry professionals to gain invaluable practical experience whilst building your network base.

Studying our programme allows you to learn fundamental vocational skills such as analysis and design, programming and testing, networking and security, software engineering and databases.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We are a student focused and employer-led university which means that you are at the forefront of all that we do. We provide you with a thorough understanding in computing and systems, web development and programming to ensure you graduate ready for employment or further postgraduate study. Graduates will be qualified to go into sectors like, retail, media, Government, education, healthcare, finance and commerce.

If you are looking for a career in cloud, web or mobile development, IT support, software development and network industries then computing and web development is an ideal option for you as our expert academics are on hand to support you with developing the technical skills needed to work on web-based applications and services.

You will also get opportunities to expand your knowledge both inside and outside of the lecture theatre. Students have previously attended Amazon AWS Forums and visited sites of historical importance, including Bletchley Park, to learn more about the history of computing and how it impacted the world.

If coding is more of your language, then you’ll have plenty of opportunities to extend your knowledge in programming and database management. You will also develop technical competency in user-interface and location-sensitive frameworks, industry-standards for secure and robust software engineering, database development, network operation, mobile systems, and Information and Network Security.

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 Amazon AWS, 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 gain a 50% discount on Amazon AWS (Cloud Architecture) official certification exam (optional for students). For further information, please contact Dr Rafid Al-Khannak.


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What facilities can I use?

BNU has invested in our facilities to ensure that you can learn on industry standard systems and software, meaning that you can make an easy transition from education into employment. Quite simply we are committed to making sure we provide you with the best learning experience possible.

We make sure we keep the University’s computing facilities well maintained and equipped. We have a range of large labs, most filled with dual-screen, dual boot (Windows and Linux) systems. Latest industry standard software is also included on devices to allow you to develop your skills to what is needed in the workplace.

Labs have been custom built to provide the best spaces to nurture the specific skills needed for game and internet development. These allow you to build your skills within key areas of future employment.

Hands-on experience is what we are all about. We have numerous devices that will provide the basis for various supervised projects you will carry out across the programme. These include but are not limited to Virtual Reality headsets, 3D printers, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, EEG headsets.

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What will I study?

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of computing and study topic areas like, computing essentials (covering Networking, programming, game development, and web development), self-development, responsibility, digital media and inquiry-based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of computing and web development.

In year one you will work on developing a range of knowledge and skills to provide you with a solid foundation of the fundamentals of computing. You will look at a range of topics from computer architectures to networking (Cisco), application programming to web development, and user experience to digital technologies.

Your second year provides the chance to evolve the abilities you started building in your first year and start applying your critical thinking and research skills to your learning. You will focus on subjects including network systems (Cisco), database design, web applications, open source systems, mobile systems and software engineering.

Year three will give you the opportunity to put all you have learned into action with more independent based learning and research projects. You will study areas such as cloud computing, enterprise systems development, artificial intelligence, network security, advanced mobile systems,  and advanced programming.

Not only will you be learning vital information, you will be learning from innovative, forward-thinking and highly motivated expert lecturers. Our lecturers have close industrial links and all work together to ensure that you have the best possible enriched and stimulating learning environment. To further enhance your education, we invite in guest lectures to share their experience and expertise and host day-long interactive events run by leaders in their field giving you the chance to put your knowledge into action.


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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 the first year (Level 4) in the undergraduate degree.

At BNU we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we have a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions, seminars and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

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.

You are more than a number at BNU, and we are here to support you through your education journey. We have in place regular contact hours with our tutors and provide you with informal feedback throughout the programme of study.

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.

Over the years of your course you will be assessed and graded in a multitude of ways to allow you to develop and expand on your abilities and skills. Assessments for the various modules will mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab test (TCA – Time Constrained Assessment), group assignments and written exams. However, the main focus will be on testing the practical application of the various concepts and techniques being conveyed.

Placements Plus

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.

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BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

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

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



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

Inquiry and Research Skills

Digital Media

Computing Essentials

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Year 2 Modules

Application Programming

Computer Architectures

Digital Technologies and Professional Practice


Programming Concepts

User Experience (UX)

Web Development


Year 3 Modules

Database Design

Mobile Systems

Network Systems

Object Oriented Systems Development

Open Source Systems

Software Engineering

Web Applications

Web Services (Team Project)

Year 4 Modules

Advanced Mobile Systems (optional)

Advanced Programming

Cloud Computing

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)

Network Security


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? 

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 are very proud of our reputation for delivering industry standard courses and the success our graduates achieve after leaving the University. Our BSc (Hons) Computing and Web Development degree is perfect for gaining a vocational approach to the modern computing industry, the skills and abilities that are garnered across the duration of the course are very versatile and we have seen graduates from the course go on to study with international companies, including:

  • Amazon AWS
  • IBM
  • SAP
  • HS2
  • Honda
  • BT
  • Capita

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.

At Buckinghamshire New University, we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes to choose from, including our MSc in Cyber Security.

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