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Cyber Security (with a foundation year)

Entry requirements


A level

A,E

AS

A,E

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 48 UCAS points

Extended Project

A*-E

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H6,H6,H6,H6

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*-PP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D*,PP

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*,PP

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

D*-P

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

D*D*-PP

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

D*-P

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

PPP

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

D*-P

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Computer science

Computer and information security

This course sets out to create graduates who are at the forefront of Cyber / Forensic Computing both theoretically and practically. This will be evident to students immediately with the distinctive facilities we have and use at the university, including a dedicated, self-contained laboratory, with its own private internal network, containing some of the latest equipment and software. We have access to external specialists from the Police and industry both for guest lectures and Q&A sessions. The version of EnCase we use in the lab is the version used by law enforcement. We are equipped to perform both ‘PC’ based investigations, as well as mobile forensics (smartphones, Sat Nav’s etc.) We offer Industry recognised certification in EnCase, MicroSystemation XRY and Cellebrite UFED.

We have a variety of placement opportunities, ranging from SME’s, both local and nationwide, large international / multinational organisations, and the Police and Government Security Agencies.

The University has entered into an exciting innovative partnership with Staffordshire Police’s forensics division. This gives us an opportunity for you to work alongside the Police in a variety of projects. Final Year students are involved in a forensic internship, which involves working within the Staffordshire Police High Tech Crime Unit as part of a final year module.

The University are also represented on the Online Fraud Forum, under the auspices of the Deputy Police Crime Commissioner of Staffordshire.
The Department of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry, and we strive to bring in external speakers and those from industry to provide differing viewpoints of the Computer Science discipline.

Our courses are designed with input from Google, Amazon, and Cisco. In some modules you can elect to study for certifications from Amazon, Cisco, or Microsoft (you will be advised as to which certifications you can study as you progress through your course).

Modules

Year 0 Core: Study Skills and Professional Development, Web Technology and Programming, Networks, Statistics and Probability, Group Project.

Year 1 Core: Software Development and Application Modelling, Digital Technologies, Networking Concepts and Cyber Security, Web Development and Operating Systems.

Year 2 Core: Commercial Computing, Ethical Hacking. Cyber Operations and Network Security, Cyber Security

Year 3 Core: Final Year Project, Advanced Forensic Computing, IT Infrastructure Security, Operating Systems Internals and Biometrics.

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
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Computing and Digital Technologies

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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.

77%
high
Computer science
95%
high
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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

75%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

86%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
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
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
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 science

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
95%
med
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Information technology technicians
3%
Business, research and administrative professionals

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

84%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
3%
Teaching and educational 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

£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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