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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: F4G4 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access - an 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

112-120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC-BBB at A Level DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma Merit overall from a T-level qualification 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

3years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2024

Subjects

Computer and information security

Computer forensics

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- Develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems.

- Learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence.

- Understand the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.

- Study the principles employed in cyber security and digital forensics.

- Use the latest digital forensics software and technologies employed in industry.

You will study fundamental cyber security topics, including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases, and programming. You’ll also gain industry certifications such as the Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO) certification and the Nuix Workstation Forensics Practitioner Foundations and Core certifications.

**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.

You’ll start by developing strong practical skills in cyber security though lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions. These sessions will build your understanding of how and when to use appropriate processes, tools, technologies, and management practices in areas including network fundamentals, cryptography, and information security.

You will develop these skills further on real-world projects – collaborating in small teams to produce deliverables inspired by industry. These projects will further your knowledge in areas such as system vulnerabilities, detect network intrusions, and analysing and interpreting digital evidence collected from computers and mobile devices. Previous students have worked with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit to develop security demos.

During your final year, you will create a significant cyber security deliverable, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. As part of this individual project, you will undertake research and apply new skills while you create a solution to a complex cyber security and forensics problem. The course team offers guidance and support throughout this process.

The course encourages you to take an active approach to learning and self-development to develop highly sought-after cyber security skills through problem-solving activities, practical implementation and teamwork.
You learn through

- lectures

- hands-on lab sessions and tutorials

- regular feedback

- teamwork and group-based learning

- practice-based applied learning

- discussions

- self-study

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

- access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development

- access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

- industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities

**Applied learning**

**Work Placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long work placement between your second and third year. A placement is widely recognised as the gold standard opportunity to gain personal and professional development through real-world experience.

**Live projects**

During each year of your course, you’ll be applying your learning using industry projects. These will challenge you to solve real-world cyber security problems while developing team and project management skills. This is great preparation for the world of work, all in a supportive learning environment.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**
**Compulsory modules**
Computer Systems And Networks

Introduction To Cyber Security, Maths And Cryptography

Professionalism And Employability

Software Development

**Year 2**

**Compulsory modules **

Database Administration And Security

Digital Forensics Incident Response

Project Based Learning

Secure Network Services And Administration

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

Placement Year

**Final year **

**Compulsory modules**

Advanced Cyber Forensics

Information Security Management

Project (Cyber Security And Networks)

Elective modules

Blockchain And Iot Security

Data Storage

Offensive Forensics

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practical

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
£16,655
per year
International
£16,655
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.

64%
Computer and information security
88%
Computer forensics

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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

74%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
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
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

Others in computing

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

94%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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.

Others in computing

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Software engineering

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

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£30k

£30k

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.

Others in 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.

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£25k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

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This is the percentage of final-year students at this university who were "definitely" or "mostly" satisfied with their course. We've analysed this figure against other universities so you can see whether this is high, medium or low.

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This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), for undergraduate students only.

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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