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Buckinghamshire New University

2016 League Table Ranking 113
2016 Overall Score 466
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Entry Standards 256 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Quality 2.19 Help
Research Quality
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Academic Services Spend 564 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.88 Help
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Facilities Spend 1,434 Help
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Graduate Prospects 52.8 Help
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Degree Completion 82.4 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 57.0 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 40.3 Help
Green Score
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  • Bucks New University is firmly established as the principal provider of university education in Buckinghamshire.
  • Awarded full university status in 2007, with a history that dates back to 1893.
  • Completed a campus consolidation programme in 2009; the majority of the University’s provision is based at the High Wycombe Campus, with the exception of Nursing and Operating Department Practioner which is now based at the Uxbridge Campus, West London.  

Location and Transport

  • Situated approximately half way between London and Oxford, High Wycombe is the second largest town in Buckinghamshire.
  • Bucks is currently made up of two campuses, one in High Wycombe and one in Uxbridge.
  • Easy access to central London from High Wycombe – just 40 minutes by road and rail from London (Marylebone), and from Uxbridge (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines).

Entry Standards

  • Most courses require UCAS tariff points of 200–240 or 240–280, with maths and english GCSE at grade C or above also required (we do accept equivalent level 2 qualifications).

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • We are currently reviewing our entry criteria for 2017 entry and beyond and will provide details on our website as soon as this information is confirmed.

Student Mix

The 9,080 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Part-time options are available for some courses.

Teaching Standards

  • Bucks is a new generation university that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. We aim to provide our students with an innovative, supportive and dynamic culture.
  • The university has developed a large number of courses through its industry contacts, so that students are well prepared for the world of work when they graduate.
  • The university, as an award-granting body under the Royal Charter, has taken steps to assure the quality of its programmes leading to its qualifications.
  • Courses are overseen by staff with a high level of expertise gained through their research activity, connections with industry, or professional experience.

Research Standards

  • The University submitted outputs by 24 full-time equivalent staff in four subject areas to the REF, which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • The areas the University submitted in were: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Business and Management Studies; Sports and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism; and Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory.
  • All of the areas in which the University submitted have 3* or 4* research identified, with judgements made are based on three factors: the quality of the outputs, the impact outside the higher education sector, and the research environment.

Academic Strengths

  • The Faculty of Design, Media & Management includes a very broad range of subjects such as art and design, business and management, computing and information technology, dance, and performing arts, fashion and textiles, law, media, music and events management, product design, security, sport and fitness and travel and aviation.
  • The University launched the Clare Business School in 2011. It brings together business education from school level to PhD, in partnership with a range of businesses.
  • The Faculty of Society & Health includes nursing and health care, policing and criminology, psychology and social work.
  • Bucks was ranked number one for education provision in Child Nursing, second for Adult Nursing and third for Mental Health Nursing, by NHS London, putting the University in the top three for all of the categories in which it offers provision. It is one of NHS London’s preferred suppliers for Nursing provision.
  • Since 2000, Advertising: Creative students have won 16 firsts, 14 seconds and 22 commendations in the D&AD Student Awards.
  • The University is celebrating twenty years of music and event management courses in 2015.

Student Facilities

  • Extensively-equipped Learning Resource Centres at each campus.
  • Around 650 student workstations for general use (PCs and Macs).
  • Industry-standard video and audio production suites, CAD/CAM facilities, crafts workshops, and skills laboratories.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Service is able to offer a wide range of continuing advice and support to those with dyslexia, medical conditions, mental health difficulties or other disabilities.
  • For information on the disability services at Bucks New University, telephone 01494 605049, email or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Bucks Students' Union is very active and plays an important aspect of life at the university.
  • Clubs, societies, bars and bands are all part and parcel of the student experience, but the union also acts as a key representation body.
  • The union offers a wide range of activities throughout the year, as diverse as museum trips to pot holing - all free to students and accessible to all.
  • Bucks Students’ Union won the Best Bar None Gold Award for one of the best student venues in the UK, and a silver environmental award at the Sound Environmental Impact Awards.


  • Bucks students can play around 30 different sports at a competitive level without any charge. The University’s Big Deal student support package includes paying for kit, match fees, getting students to matches, and paying for coaches for teams so that sport can be played for free.
  • Teams from Bucks compete in fixtures organised by either the Southern England Students' Sport Association or British Universities & Colleges Sport.
  • A new state-of-the-art complex located at the High Wycombe Campus offers a range of new sports facilities including a sports hall, gym, human performance laboratory, treatment rooms and a dance studio.
  • The University’s gym is equipped with all the latest equipment and can be used by all students – from the elite athlete to the more infrequent player – at a discounted rate.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The state-of-the-art Gateway building at the High Wycombe Campus comprises a modern integrated learning resources centre, music recording studios, video production suites and a fitness centre. The building won a RIBA architecture award in 2010.
  • The University has several projects in place to respond to student and staff needs. The South Wing of the campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe has been completely remodeled to offer a state-of-the-art facility with both dedicated and bespoke learning and teaching areas as well as more informal space for students to enjoy. This building will now feature wider than average corridors, additional power points and student-preferred colour schemes for both formal and informal learning spaces.
  • To accommodate growth within the Faculty of Society & Health an advanced clinical skills laboratory with an eight-bay hospital ward has been built. The new skills area features in interactive medical and teaching aids, a range of simulation mannequins, and simulation suite for an operating theatre and recovery room.
  • A four-storey £16.5-million development is under construction in the nearby town of Aylesbury. The building is scheduled to open in 2015 as a dedicated education centre shared between Bucks New University and Aylesbury College, under the auspices of Buckinghamshire Education Skills and Training (BEST). A number of innovative degree programmes are planned for at the new venue, which will be opened as The Aylesbury Centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • With both of our campuses based in large towns, there is a variety of part-time employment opportunities, right on our doorstep.
  • The University also offers opportunities for employment be it in our Student Union cafe's, as a Student Ambassador, or through of Bucks Temp's scheme where we notify you of job opportunities at the University.

Careers Guidance

  • We have a dedicated team of careers and employment specialists, who work in partnership with academic colleagues, employers and the Students' Union to prepare you for the world of work and guide your career management.
  • BucksTemps (our in-house recruitment agency), mentoring schemes and peer support programmes can further support your learning, employability, enterprise and leadership development.
  • We also keep in touch and continue to help after you have completed your studies, through our Alumni Association, which is free to join. It opens up invaluable opportunities to network informally or by attending a range of events where our alumni can enjoy meeting one another, share experiences, and develop social and professional relationships.

Notable Alumni

  • Noel Fielding and Dave Brown, comedians, artists and stars of The Mighty Boosh (Graphic Design and Advertising).
  • Boo Ritson, artist (Fine Art).
  • Naomi Riches, Paralympic bronze medallist (Designed Metalwork & Jewellery).
  • Mark Hamilton, Managing Director of G4S Events (Leadership and Management).
  • Tony Ball, founder of Show and Event Security (Leadership and Management).

For further information

  • +44 (0)1494 522141; 0800 0565 660 (from UK only)
  • Buckinghamshire New University
    Queen Alexandra Road
    High Wycombe
    HP11 2JZ
UCAS Code B94

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