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University of Gloucestershire

Cyber Security (New College Swindon)

UCAS Code: I100

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

B,B

Minimum of 2, grades BB

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at level 3.

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

MMP

Minimum grade MMP

UCAS Tariff

80

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer and information security

With advances in technology, businesses, governments and society as a whole are becoming increasingly dependent on the internet to support key infrastructure and provide services online. This has seen a rapid rise in and awareness of cyber crime, leading organisations to invest heavily in specialised individuals to help combat this new threat.

Studying this course will enhance your knowledge of cyber crime and information security management. You will learn to identify security breaches and implement solutions using the latest industry tools and techniques; studying the cyber environments of banks, high-security digital environments, ecommerce, social media platforms and cloud systems. Through hands-on experience in analysing secure networks and websites, you’ll develop skills around penetration testing, malware identification and ethical hacking.

Progression
On completion of this foundation degree, you will be equipped to enter a variety of cyber security roles including cyber security analyst, malware analyst and cyber security software engineer. You may also continue your studies by entering the second or third year of a full honours degree, such as the BSc (Hons) Cyber and Computer Security at the University of Gloucestershire.

Modules

This course will cover:

Working on live business cases to defend against cyber security risks.

The cyber environments of banks, high-security digital environments like GCHQ, ecommerce and social media platforms.
Identifying security breaches and how to implement solutions using the latest industry tools and techniques.
Penetration testing, malware identification and ethical hacking.

From network design (the physical securing of network components) and operating systems security with a focus on Windows, MAC OS and Linux, to information security (keeping cyber information secure in a business environment.)

Cybercrime - the latest security crimes in the news, as well as big data and Cloud systems which have both significantly increased commercial security risks.

The course is underpinned by strong ethical and legal foundations. These foundations are paramount to you moving into and progressing through a successful computer security career

Assessment methods

This is a 2 year course (full-time). The majority of your learning will be practical, using industry-standard tools, techniques and practices. Alongside lectures, you’ll undertake group work and individual projects.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£6,165
per year
EU
£6,165
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,165
per year
Scotland
£6,165
per year
Wales
£6,165
per year

The Uni


Course location:

New College Swindon

Department:

School of Business and Technology

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.

78%
med
Computer and information security

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Software engineering

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

90%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
4%
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.

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