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Leeds Beckett University

Computer Security

UCAS Code: I2R5

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

UCAS Tariff

104

A minimum of 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies.

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer and information security

With the emergence of internet-only companies and the increasing use of digital devices, protecting digital data and maintaining privacy has become an important issue. This course will teach you how to secure computer systems and networks and to test the security of existing systems.

You will develop your knowledge in three vital areas of security: offensive security, including penetration testing; defensive security; and the promotion of good practice, including the training of individuals and companies in the latest techniques and procedures designed to prevent digital security breaches. You will hack into systems in order to learn how to protect them using a variety of security practices, including passwords and usernames, firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

You will have access to a range of facilities that will allow you to put your learning into action. You will develop your practical skills within our sandbox network - a highly controlled lab environment where you can test your hacking and defensive skills, and explore malware.

**IT LABS**

The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need.

Modules


  • Year 1 Core Modules:

    • Forensics & Security

    • Fundamentals of Computer Programming

    • Website Development

    • Object-Oriented Programming

    • Fundamentals of Databases

    • Computer Communications



  • Year 2 Core Modules:

    • Computer Forensic Processing

    • Digital Security Landscapes

    • Digital Forensic Analysis

    • Web & Network Security

    • Team Project

    • In addition choose from a list of Year 2 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.



  • Year 3 Core Modules:

    • Advanced Digital Security

    • Production Project

    • Incident Response & Investigation

    • In addition choose from a list of Year 3 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.



Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Headingley Campus1

Department:

Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

50%
UK students
50%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Software engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Information technology technicians
7%
Other elementary services occupations

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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