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Cyber Security

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants are expected to hold GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4/C or above

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

MMM

T Level

P

P (C or above on the core).

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Computer and information security

Cyber security has never been more important. Our society is entirely dependent on information technology. Computers dominate our working lives, personal lives, homes, vehicles, schools and hospitals. These are at constant risk of attack by hackers and cyber criminals.

Our course provides you with expertise in all aspects of cyber security, covering software, networks, systems, people and organisations. We develop your understanding of the motivations and techniques of attackers, and teach you how to successfully defend against them.

Current UK salaries for cyber security jobs are high, and demand for skilled professionals is set to rise. 74% of UK security professionals earn over £47,000 a year, while 39% earn salaries of over £87,000.

It is expected that there will be 350,000+ unfilled cyber security roles across the UK and Europe by 2022, and over 1.8 million globally. Whether you want to work in the UK or overseas, a vast range of career opportunities in cyber security will be available to you.

We also focus on developing your broader computing skills. You will gain additional competencies in secure programming, secure software development, databases, Big Data technologies and data analytics. By completion of this degree, we prepare you to take the certification exams for (ISC)2’s Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) qualifications – should you wish.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,598
per year
International
£14,598
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£14,598
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Suffolk

Department:

School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology

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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.

72%
med
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
60%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
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

71%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

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.

88%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
22%
Information technology technicians
13%
Administrative occupations: records

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.

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

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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