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Cyber Security

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Computer and information security

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

- Study diverse cyber-security and computing topics.

- Develop knowledge of web and mobile security, and their governance.

- Build a solid theoretical grounding in systems, networks and data communication.

- Gain useful industry credentials through British Computer Society accreditation.

- Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

On this course, you'll learn about cyber security from penetration testing to ethical hacking and network intrusion. Upon graduation, you'll have attained specialist credentials, and be ready to tackle real cyber security threats.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this specialist course in cyber security, you develop professional understanding, insight and skill in computer and information security. You'll work with industry employers and expert staff, cementing both your practical and theoretical knowledge.

Assessments are varied, and include reports, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and online activities.

You learn through
- lectures

- seminars

- practical tutorial sessions

**Applied learning
Live Project**
Our students have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge that they are gaining from the course by working with local organisations and businesses. We work in partnership with the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC), which is a non-profit organisation aiming to support and help protect regional businesses from cyber crime, by employing our students to deliver specialist services during their studies. The NEBRC was established in 2019, funded by a variety of Private and Public Partners including the Police, as well as a wide range of business investors and members across England.

**Networking opportunities**
We are a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme which accredits our course to industry standard, providing opportunities to collaborate and ensure the effective promotion of information security professionalism to academics and students. The CIISec is the only pure play information and cyber security institution to have been granted Royal Charter Status. This partnership supports our students to create contacts and develop their network within the cyber security community as well as access to a world-class speaker track and network with prospective employers.

We host a range of events and training sessions to provide the networking opportunities for students and employers.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Computer Systems And Architecture 20
Introduction To Computer And Information Security 20
Mathematics And Cryptography 20
Networking Fundamentals 20
Professionalism And Employability Skills 20
Programming Fundamentals 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Database Administration And Security 20
Ethical Hacking 20
Network Intrusion Detection 20
Network Services And Administration 20
Project Based Learning 20
Secure Networking Technologies 20

Year 3
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Penetration Testing 20
Enterprise Applications Management 20
Information Security Management 20
Mobile Security 20
Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) 40

Assessment methods

*Coursework
*Exam

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Business Technology and Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

57%
low
Computer and information security

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

60%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

62%
Library resources
55%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

81%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Customer service occupations
3%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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