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Bucks New University

UCAS Code: B94

Location: North-west of London Show on Map

Site: Campuses in High Wycombe and Uxbridge; associated colleges

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:9,775
Undergraduates:92%
Postgraduates:8%
FE Students:0%

Undergraduates

Total undergraduates:8,970
Male:49%
Female:51%
Full Time:63%
Mature on Entry:24%
UK Students:92%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

350+ full-time.

Broad study areas

Creativity & culture; enterprise & innovation; society & health.

Freshers

Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. All qualifications in UCAS tariff acceptable, on their own or in combination.
Points on Entry (Mean):207
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:Majority of first years housed.

Institution

Founded:1893, from High Wycombe School of Science and Art. University status 2008.
Site:2 campuses; 1 in High Wycombe and 1 in Uxbridge (nursing only).
How to get there:High Wycombe campus is 40 mins from London by train; both sites well served by roads and railways.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Doctor, dentist, FPA, solicitor, chaplain, disabilities adviser, financial adviser.
Amenities:SU bars High Wycombe site.
Sporting facilities:New multi-purpose sports hall, sports performance labs, gyms, playing fields, local sports centres.
Accommodation:Most first year students housed. 650 places in self-catering halls on 2 sites in walking distance of campus (all with internet access); rents £88−£114 per week inclusive of bills (£137 pw for studio flats); 42-week contract. Also places in university-managed accommodation, on 44-week lets. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation locally approx £80−£90 pw self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main library at High Wycombe; nursing library at Uxbridge. Total of 113,000 volumes, multimedia services, 2000 periodicals; electronic resources available, including remotely; 500+ study places, some with internet access. Information provision, £80 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service: 180+ computer points with access to library and internet. Information and IT skills seminars.
Study abroad:Many courses offer international exchanges with partner institutions (including to Europe through Socrates/Erasmus scheme).
Careers:Information, workshops, vocational guidance and careers management.

Money

Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of approx £6000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Students allowed term-time work (45% believed to work). Some work available on campus in SU bars, offices and casual summer work eg decorating, office work, catering. SU runs a jobshop to help find off-campus work.
Financial help:101 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1500 pa thereafter) open to English students whose family income is up to £25k pa, weighted in favour of those who are disabled, care leavers, etc. Further help for students in hardship from access to learning fund (UK students) and university fund (international students).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £6000-£8000 pa for first degrees, depending on the course. International students pay £8900 pa.

Courses

Academic features:

300+ employment-orientated courses good industry contacts. 

Awarding body:

Buckinghamshire New University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, FDSc, FDA

Length of courses:

3 years (full-time); 2 years (FDA, FDSc).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • Drama Training
  • E-business
  • Equine Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • Events Management
  • Film Music
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Furniture Design
  • Furniture Production
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Sciences
  • Illustration
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Jewellery
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Performance Arts
  • Policing
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Silversmithing
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Wood Technology

Student view

Bethany Murray-Morish (Music and Live Production) and Annis Belcher (Graphic Arts), Union bar staff

Living

What's it like as a place to live?

Wycombe is a quiet town to live in with a good amount of places to shop and eat. It is also a very short train journey into London.

How's the student accommodation?

Student accommodation is reasonable and covers four sets of halls. It offers a great way to meet and socialise with other people.

What's the student population like?

Bucks has a diverse range of student with a wide range of different personalities.

How do students and locals get on?

There are quite a few small pockets of areas that are mainly deemed as 'local areas'. Other areas are less popular due to distance and lack of entertainment.

Studying

What's it like as a place to study?

Bucks offers great industry links with certain local, national and international companies. Facilities like the Students' Union venue and library make this University great.

What are the teaching staff like?

The teaching staff have been part of the industries they specialise in, which gives a lot of help to students. They have a vast knowledge of their subjects.

Socialising

What are student societies like?

With over 40 active societies, there really is a lot to choose from. From mooting to drama, Bucks offers a great deal. So much choice, and you can easily start your own society up.

What's a typical night out?

You can pre-drink at your flat and play drinking games – Ring of Fire and Beer Pong. Then go out to the Students' Union venue at about 11ish.

... And how much does it cost?

About £20 max. Through The Big Deal, all events at Bucks are free for students, so it doesn't cost a penny to get in!

How can you get home safely?

The Students' Union offers a free night bus home to ensure that students can get home safely and quietly. The Students' Union also work with a carefully selected taxi provider to ensure students can get home quickly, quietly and at low cost.

Money

Is it an expensive place to live?

High Wycombe is quite expensive because it is so near to London. The student loan doesn't tend to last too long.

Average price of a pint?

About £2.50.

And the price of a takeaway?

For one person, about £9(ish).

What's the part-time work situation?

Lots of agency work available although mostly at minimum wage. There is a careers department within the University, which helps you find jobs and adapt your CV.

Summary

What's the best feature about the place?

The Big Deal which offers free events in The Venue, free societies and recreational activities, free sports and paid student reps!

And the worst?

Having to get up for lectures!

And to sum it all up?

Ok location with great, modern facilities and knowledgeable staff!

More info?

Contact SU president on tel 01494 446330, email President@bucks.ac.uk, or check out the website www.bucksstudent.com.

Contact

Address:

Buckinghamshire New University
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ
Buckinghamshire

Tel:

0800 0565660

Email:

advice@bucks.ac.uk

Website:

www.bucks.ac.uk

Student enquiries:

Directorate of Marketing, Communications & Recruitment.

Application:

UCAS

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