Cyber and Computer Security (BSc Hons)

Cyber and Computer Security

BSc (Hons)

Join the new frontline

Get the skills and experience required to defend all types of organisation against ever-evolving cyber security threats.

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Beyond the Firewall

Test and apply your learning in both real and simulated settings.

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Get hands on experience by taking part in hack-a-thons and develop live business cases to defend against cyber security risks.

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Benefit from our strong industry links and the opportunity to do a placement (©GCHQ 2017).

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Learn how to gather, recover and present digital evidence to a criminal court or civil hearing.

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Develop your skills in a highly secure environment, using industry-standard hardware and software.

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Paula Thomas, Academic Subject Leader.

Paula Thomas

Academic Subject Leader

"Computer crime fascinates me. I like looking at who's doing it and how it is evolving.

I studied Computing at university and when I left I went to work in the computer industry. I was lucky enough to come into academia just as the internet was taking off. People were starting to use computers for illegal purposes and security was becoming an issue.

I now teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, Information Security Management and Digital Investigation. I have taught in both the UK and overseas, and have set up industrial partnerships for research collaboration."

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Course outline

Work on live business cases to defend against cyber security risks. You will study the cyber environments of banks, high-security digital environments, ecommerce and social media platforms, graduating well-equipped to protect cyber environments across business sectors. If you choose the four-year study option, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. Our students have recently worked at IBM Security, Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

You’ll learn to identify security breaches and implement solutions using the latest industry tools and techniques. Through hands-on experience of analysing secure networks and websites, you’ll develop skills around 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), you will graduate well prepared for your next step.

Our Cyber and Computing Security degree focuses on protecting against cybercrime before it happens. You will develop specialisms through module choices to match your career goals. Optional subjects include data analytics, information security and digital crime scene investigation. You'll also examine ‘hot’ cybercrime topics. These include 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.

You'll learn in our new purpose-built School of Computing and Technology. This includes: a dedicated cyber security lab where you can practice your skills in a digitally protected environment with an isolated network; purpose-built break-out areas for workshop sessions; games consoles and screens in social areas; and the latest computing technology and software. There is a strong sense of community, with staff and students sharing both work and relaxation space.  You can check these spaces out at our open day.

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Study style

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.  There are no exams on this course; all assessments are done through individual or group-based coursework.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional

Duration:

12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)

Location:

Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk.

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on placements@glos.ac.uk.

Industry links

Our connections with the following organisations mean our students benefit from leading professionals in lectures, exciting work placement opportunities and networking events in preparation for their graduate careers: Raytheon, Northrop Drummond, GE Aviation, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Zurich Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Gloucester Constabulary and CGI. If you choose the four year course, you will do a one year work placement as part of your course.

Careers

  • Penetration testing
  • Systems security
  • Information security management

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)

Campus

Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

Fees

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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeG502
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementG501

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