Buckinghamshire New University
Welcome to Buckinghamshire New University
Buckinghamshire New University offers courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, management, IT and the public sector. Courses are both practical and academic with students benefitting from the university’s partnerships with numerous companies and organisations, including Imperial College, Wycombe Wanderers, Thames Valley Police and NHS Trusts. We also invest in research covering specialisms in health, social care, sport and wellbeing, nursing, communities and diversity.
Over 9,000 students are based at campuses in High Wycombe and Uxbridge, within easy access of London, Oxford, Reading and Watford.
As well as having its own music label (MC9 Music Ltd) and exclusive sports scholarships, Bucks provides financial support to cover expenses which may include help with the costs of essential textbooks, equipment and materials.
Bucks Students’ Union was ranked in the top 15 as voted in the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2015.
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Courses and fees
With over 150 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate courses to choose from, the advice team at Bucks are available to answer any questions you may have. From full-time to part-time, flexible and online, there are courses at various levels including short courses, foundation and bachelor degrees, postgraduate certificates, masters and research.
The university has become a higher education leader for opening new work-based sectors to meet the needs of local employers and businesses. You’ll find specialist niche courses to refine your craft or expertise, as well as professional courses to take your career to the next level.
Courses are approved by many external accreditations bodies, including The Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Creative Skillset, BASES, Register of Exercise Professionals, British Psychological Society and many more.
The Faculty of Design, Media & Management - High Wycombe
- Performance & Dance
- Design, Craft & Visual Arts
- Media Production
- Music Management
- Sport Management
- Travel & Aviation
The Faculty of Society & Health - Uxbridge
- Nursing & Healthcare
- Social Sciences and Policing
- Criminology & Psychology
New courses starting September 2015 include: Sports Therapy, Independent Games Production, Behavioural Sciences, Sports Business and Media, Product Design: Interior Product, and Creative Writing for Publication.
New courses offered through the University Campus Aylesbury Vale include Business Management, Computing, Accounting & Finance, and Event & Festivals Technology.
Want to know what Bucks students think? Take a look at these videos about some of the available courses.
Typical UCAS points
Most Level 3 courses require a UCAS tariff score of between 220 to 340 points. For further clarification on qualifications within the tariff, please refer to the UCAS tariff page. Bucks students come from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
We are not able to offer places to overseas applicants at present, however we welcome applications from the UK and European Union.
Tuition fees for 2015/16 undergraduate courses are £9,000 for home and EU students. Postgraduate fees vary depending on what course you want to study and whether you want to study full or part time. There is financial help available through our range of scholarships and bursaries.
The Guardian Universities Guide 2016 rated Bucks in the top ten for teaching satisfaction among UK university law departments.
Bucks is recognised and preferred for nursing provision, offering extensive clinical experience with West London, Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire NHS Hospital Trusts.
The university produces music and digital content under its very own music label, MC9 Music Ltd, and attracts many high-profile artists to industry approved recording suites and performance studios.
We have a partnership with the new music service BBC Introducing which gives breakthrough artists a platform to showcase their music on the BBC. Bucks students produce the audio and video for each bands’ set which are then played out by the broadcaster online and through other media.
Bucks has invested in a number of development projects, including the recently remodelled, state-of-the-art South Wing on the High Wycombe campus and an advanced clinical skills labs with an eight-bay hospital ward in Uxbridge to give students further interactive and simulation training.
We will be opening a Human Performance, Exercise & Wellbeing Centre in the autumn 2015 which will bring together the University's existing health and sports provision as well as host new undergraduate programmes which are actively recruiting students for. The centre which will lead in premium sports and exercise science will house a state-of-the-art Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic. Other cutting-edge facilities will include an integrated Human Performance Laboratory and three lane running track with motion-capture technology.
Our latest campus in Aylesbury is a joint venture between Bucks New University, the Local Authority and Aylesbury College which will focus on providing flexible and innovative qualifications, and this will be opening in 2016.
The Gateway Building at our campus in High Wycombe was recognised with a RIBA architecture award and a Carbon Trust Standard in 2010 as well as being named a Fairtrade University after reaching internationally agreed standards.
The university has four campuses. The High Wycombe campus is located off the M40 Junction 4, and only 30 minutes from central London by rail, with direct bus routes to Slough and Heathrow. The Uxbridge campus is home to nursing and applied healthcare students, and is served by direct underground and bus links into London. Both campuses are linked by a free shuttle bus.
The university’s 11th century Missenden Abbey Conference Centre hosts a number of professional and residential courses, in addition University Campus Aylesbury Vale which is our new campus located at the Waterside development at Aylesbury. Bucks also validate courses for a network of partner Further Education Colleges across the county and beyond.
Library and study facilities
Bucks offers a range of study options, full and part time, distance and blended learning to cater for students and life circumstances. The university prides itself on providing the ultimate environment for learning, with modern facilities and study spaces, including a library, audio and media production suites, laboratories (nursing skills, simulation and human performance), a sports treatment room and gym, art studios and design workspaces, workshops and student-only spaces. For any students wishing to develop their academic abilities and improve their grades, the Learning Development Unit (LDU) provides one-to-one support, workshops, group work, online networking and resources, as well as team teaching with academics and International Foundation Programmes.
The university has more than 650 informal and formal student workstations for general use (PCs and Macs), as well as industry-standard video and audio production suites, CAD/CAM facilities, a motion capture system and Alienware gaming laptops.
Employability, enterprise and leadership development at Bucks is an important part of the curriculum and informed by research and scholarship. The university has adopted the Higher Education Academy’s ‘Framework for Employability’ to deliver a consistent, university-wide approach that meets national standards.
Our team of careers and employment specialist’s work in partnership with academic colleagues, employers and the Students' Union to prepare you for the world of work, guide your career management and help you develop your employability through:
- Placements, work experience, internships and volunteer experience
- Field trips and projects
- Fairs and networking events
- Bucks mentoring and BucksTemps (in-house recruitment agency)
- Peer support programmes
Both main campuses are located close to a number of amenities. At High Wycombe the Students Union has a bar and live music venue and off-campus there are two cinemas, a theatre, bowling alley, plus plenty of bars and restaurants. Uxbridge has two shopping centres, a theatre, and is situated just five minutes' walk from the underground where you can connect to the capital. The Students’ Union organises a free shuttle bus between the Uxbridge and High Wycombe campuses that runs throughout the year.
Bucks Students' Union has been ranked in the top 25 unions across Great Britain, delivering a satisfaction rating from taught courses of 79% overall (National Student Survey, 2014).
Don’t miss out on all the activities and events on offer, starting with Freshers’ Fortnight, many of which are free as part of the exclusive to Bucks ‘Big Deal’ package. There are lots of sporting, special interest and academic clubs to join, plus activities such as quizzes, comedy nights, volunteer events and live concerts to attend.
The university gym is one of the newest and largest in the High Wycombe area, containing the latest exercise technology. There is also a four badminton court-sized sports hall, a fully-equipped human performance lab, as well as a treatment room and purpose-built dance studios – perfect for the group exercise programme!
Bucks has excellent links with national training centres and the sports societies, run by Bucks Students’ Union, use a range of other local sporting facilities including swimming pools, football pitches, climbing walls and much more.
Life doesn’t end when you begin university, which is why Bucks offers as much support and advice as possible, without judgment and with respect. Some of the resources and support you can take advantage of while at Bucks include:
- Local medical services
- Counselling service (by appointment)
- Disability service
- Multi-faith chaplaincy
- Students’ Union advice centre
- Bucks mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
- Accommodation and course support
- Money, personal and legal matters
There are a range of bursaries and scholarships on offer. The Bucks Student Centre is the first point of contact for advice relating to tuition costs, while the Bucks Students’ Union Advice Centre can provide additional support and advice for loans, debts, budgeting and benefits. Both services are available at High Wycombe and Uxbridge Campuses.
Bucks offer all new undergraduate students a room in university halls, provided you have applied for your course within the specified dates.
Across three self-catering halls of residence in High Wycombe there are 924 single study bedrooms. This includes 180 en-suite rooms added to our existing halls last year which have factored sustainability into their design.
Uxbridge students can apply for halls in High Wycombe, but also have the option for head tenancy accommodation closer to the Uxbridge campus.
Each hall is staffed by Senior Residents who are there to help new students integrate into university life. All rents are fully inclusive of utilities and internet access.
Annual Cost (42 weeks from 20 September 2015 to 10 July 2016)
Location spaces weekly rent annual rent Brook Street standard room (396) £103.03 £4,327.26 Brook Street studio room (3) £144.28 £6,059.79 Hughenden Park en suite room (402) £133.65 £5,613.30 Hughenden Park studio room (12) £160.63 £6,746.46 Windsor House en suite room (63) £160.63 £6,746.460 Windsor House en-suite room (9) £171.58 £7,206.36
Brook Street Halls
Situated 5 minutes walk away from the High Wycombe Campus. Brook Street consists of flats of between six and ten bedrooms. Each flat shares a kitchen-diner, two shower rooms and two toilets. Each room has its own washbasin and internet access.
Hughenden Park Village
Hughenden Park Student Village is approximately 15 minutes walk from the High Wycombe Campus. It consists of 402 en-suite rooms and 12 en-suite studio rooms in flats of six. Each flat shares a kitchen-diner with the usual accessories and all rooms include internet access.
Windsor house is located right in the centre of High Wycombe and just a five-minute walk from the university. Rooms are either en-suite with shared kitchen-diner in flats of six, or studio flats with a built in kitchenette. Kitchens are equipped with fridge-freezer, electric cooker and microwave, and each communal area has a table and chairs. All rooms have an internet connection.
Situated on the university campus, Alexandra house is strictly a non-smoking, quiet accommodation with room for 39 students in single studio-type rooms of varying sizes with en-suite facilities and kitchenettes. There is also a large social space with a study and dining area and lounge with television.
Rooms are equipped with a kitchen sink, small fridge, two hobs, and a combination microwave oven, as well as the usual bedroom furniture. All rooms have an internet connection and TV aerial sockets – you’ll need a TV licence if you decide to have a TV.
There is no parking available in any of the halls and students living here are not permitted to bring cars with them, even to park off campus. Exceptions are made for blue badge holders.
It is recommended that you consider additional insurance cover for laptops, tablets and phones as these are not covered by your standard room insurance cover.
Bucks open days are open to everyone and are a real opportunity to sample the Bucks experience for yourself. You’ll get to explore the campus, tour the high quality labs and studios, watch equipment demonstrations and performances. You’ll even have the chance to ask any questions you have in one-to-ones with academic staff and students.
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