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University of Central Lancashire

Cyber Security (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: CB15

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

Entry requirements


72 UCAS points

72 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects.

72 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

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

DM

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

MMP

72 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

72

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Computer and information security

The cyber security sector is facing a significant skills gap at a time when threats and the legal and commercial consequences of inadequate security are increasing. Emerging application areas such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities offer new benefits, but also new vulnerabilities to accidental or malicious actions.

Security is now a crucial part of your business, and consequently the demand for highly skills and knowledgeable professionals is increasing. This degree course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to build secure and compliant systems that meet your employer’s business objectives.

Cyber security is about understanding attack methods and learn how to protect against them. During the cyber security course, the students can gain skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as learning how to protect them against hacker attacks. The students combine their interest in programming, computer networks and security to become the cyber security professional of the future.

Modules

Foundation Year: Introduction to Software Development, Investigating IT, Problem-solving for Computing, Study Skills 1 – Learning How to Learn, Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills, Introduction to Mathematical Methods. Year 1 Modules: The Computing Challenge, Introduction to Programming, Programming, Introduction to Networking, Computer Systems and Security, Systems Analysis and Database Design, Interactive Applications. Year 2 Modules: Advanced Programming The Agile Professional, Computer Security, Digital Evidence and Incident Response, Information Security Management, Network Management. Year 3 Modules: Secure Software and Malware Analysis, Mobile and Wireless Networks, Penetration Testing, Advanced Cyber Security, Honours Degree Project.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Software engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

75%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Information technology technicians
5%
Customer service 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.

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