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Solent University (Southampton)

Cyber Security Management with Placement

UCAS Code: CSM2

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

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required.

Accepted when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Pass in Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 Level 3 credits passed with a minimum of Merit.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma or other equivalent Level 3 qualifications. Our full course entry statement detailing more acceptable qualifications can be found using the link below: https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Computer networks

Computer and information security

Want to protect the world from hackers, viruses and cyber-attacks? This practical degree course enables you develop the in-demand skills to kick start a fantastic career in cyber security – one of IT’s most hotly debated sectors.

In partnership with CISCO Networking Academy and EC-Council, the course explores a range of professional topics all with your future career in mind. You will learn cutting-edge technologies, processes, strategies, policies, and industry-standards to protect network systems and data from cyber-attacks at both individual and enterprise level.

During your studies you will also have the chance to gain professional qualifications alongside your degree including; CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA-Security, CISCO CyberOps, and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) equipping you with the right set of practical and technical skills that are highly valued by the industry.

You will study in our high-tech computer networking labs with industry-standard facilities. These facilities feature a wide variety of equipment including Cisco routers and switches, and software including Kali Linux, Metasploit and a wide range of tools capable of footprinting, reconnaissance, scanning, and enumeration of computer network systems in a controlled cybersecurity environment. In these facilities you will investigate the methods that hackers use to compromise vulnerable systems and also look at mechanisms that can be used to secure them against attack, including specialist software and dedicated security appliances.

Industry-recognized professional qualification such as CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Penetration Testing, Cisco CyberOps, CCNA Routing & Security, CCNA Security, PCAP Python.

**What does this course lead to?**
The ever increasing influence and use of computer networks have revolutionised our lives but at the same time, this is threatening our privacy, integrity, and security through increased cyber-attacks costing us a fortune. The estimated global cost of cyber-crimes is a few hundred billion GBPs annually and according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, there is a great shortage of skilled people to combat these crimes.

Career prospects of this course are excellent. Our recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in network and cybersecurity roles companies including Cisco Systems, IBM, Juniper, Symantec Security UK, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Electra networks, QinetiQ, Quostar, VeriFone, TalkTalk, Rackspace, Vodafone, and Peer 1 Hosting.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is ideal for those who wish to master the knowledge and develop the practical skills required to protect computer networks and data from hackers, intruders, and cyber-attacks.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Web Technologies
Cybersecurity Essentials
Introduction to Networks
Routing and Switching
Network Applications
Problem Solving through Programming

Year two
Core units

Developing for the Internet
Network Security
Network Implementation
Data Communications and Networks
Network Systems
Graduate and Professional Development

Year three
Core units

Project (double unit)
Cyber Security Management
Network Management

Options

Web Application Development
Cloud Computing
Enterprise Computer Networks
Internet of Things
Creative Business Start-up
Freelancing at Solent Creatives

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mixture of group and individual coursework, report writing, presentations, time-constrained class tests, online tests, portfolios, practical demonstrations and project work.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:
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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.

67%
low
Computer networks

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.

Computer networks

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

83%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
96%
Male students
4%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

Software engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

Computer networks

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.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Information technology technicians

There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

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.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

75%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
4%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer networks

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

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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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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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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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