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Buckinghamshire New University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    256
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    17.6
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.19
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    726
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.07
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    1,342
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    57.1
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    79.7
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    55.3

History

  • Bucks New University is firmly established as the principal provider of university education in Buckinghamshire.
  • Bucks was awarded full university status in 2007, and we are celebrating 125 years of learning.
  • We completed a campus consolidation programme in 2009; the majority of the university’s provision is based at the High Wycombe Campus. Uxbridge campus is home to a range of nursing and health care courses, and the university Campus Aylesbury Vale offers a blend of courses geared towards careers and professional programmes.

Location and Transport

  • Situated approximately half way between London and Oxford, High Wycombe is the second largest town in Buckinghamshire.
  • Currently three campuses, in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, and Aylesbury.
  • There is 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).
  • The University Campus Aylesbury Vale is approx 15 miles from High Wycombe.

Entry Requirements

  • 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).
  • For students studying under the reformed A level curriculum, 80–96 or 96–112 UCAS points are required.
  • Entry requirements for each course can vary – check individual course pages on our website.

Student Mix

The 9,035 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 88%
  • Postgraduate 12%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Domicile

  • UK 91%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

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.
  • 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.

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
  • Art and Design History
  • Practice and Theory

Academic Strengths

Bucks offers a broad range of subject including:

  • Art, Design and Creativity
  • Aviation and Travel
  • Business and Management
  • Human Performance and Sport
  • Nursing and Healthcare
  • Media and New Technologies
  • Music
  • Performance and Events
  • Security
  • Resilience and Justice
  • Social Sciences
  • The university won the Education Provider of the Year (post registration) Award at the 2015 Student Nursing Times Awards.
  • Since 2000, Creative Advertising students have won a number of Firsts, Seconds and Commendations in the D&AD Student Awards.
  • The university celebrated twenty years of music and event management courses in 2015.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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 disability.service@bucks.ac.uk 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.

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

  • Our goal as an institution is to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. To enable that, we will support you to achieve your potential, build your independence as a learner, your discipline expertise, your professionalism, your awareness of yourself and others, your confidence and efficacy.
  • Our institutional approach to employability, enterprise and leadership development is informed by research and scholarship and will be explicit in the curriculum of all our courses. We have adopted the Higher Education Academy’s Framework for Employability for a more consistent, university-wide approach, with course teams taking ownership at subject level.
  • 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.
  • Collectively, we provide opportunities for employability, enterprise and leadership development in a range of extra-curricular activities and our curriculum features an increasing range of work-related learning opportunities for all students.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The 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 remodelled to offer a facility with both dedicated and bespoke learning and teaching areas as well as more informal space for students to enjoy. This building features 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 multi-million pound Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre opened in 2016 to lead in premium sports and exercise science. The centre includes a three lane running track with motion-capture technology combined with a sports injury and physiotherapy clinic with treatment rooms. The clinic will be offering competitively-priced treatments to members of the public in due course.
  • The £16.5m development of the University Campus Aylesbury Vale was opened 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 offered at the new venue.

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).

Further Details

Address Buckinghamshire New University
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ
UCAS Code B94
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