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Kingston University

Cyber Security & Computer Forensics (including Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: G4NX

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

Entry requirements


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

PPP

UCAS Tariff

32-48

UCAS points from A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Information systems

**Reasons to choose Kingston**
– This degree is aligned with industry recognised certifications, for example, AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), giving you a career head start.
– You’ll gain access to software and tools widely used in the cyber security industry (e.g. Splunk, ThreatConnect, Forensic Toolkit (FTK)).
– You’ll work in a dedicated cyber security and digital forensics lab, with access to specialist tools and resources.

**About this course**
This degree is ideal for a career in cyber security or digital forensics. It offers a thorough knowledge of core computer science subjects and examines how computers can be used to prevent and solve crime.

You’ll develop web technology programming skills and study specialised tools and operating system environments. Practical studies include ethical hacking (e.g. password cracking, port scanning, social engineering and malware), and Security Operations Centre (SOC) functions (e.g. threat intelligence, threat hunting, SIEMs and incident response). You’ll also examine encryption algorithms, public-key cryptography, network security and digital forensics. Throughout the course, you’ll work on research and development projects, which can showcase your work to potential employers. Examples of themes include pen testing, mobile security, Blockchain technologies, cyber ranges and malware.

Modules

Examples of modules: Level 4: Cyber Crime and Digital Forensics Module: This module will introduce the students to the principles and practices of cyber forensics, providing a contextual setting for further modules. In particular, the module has a theoretical perspective (introducing core security concepts and principles, and covering legal, professional and ethical issues, the nature of digital crime and the role of the forensic investigator) as well as a practical technical perspective (gathering, reserving and presenting digital evidence using forensic toolkits).
Level 5: Ethical Hacking Module: This module commences by introducing students to the fundamental steps and frameworks needed for practical and ethical hacking exercises. They are then introduced to the Python programming language and the use of Python scripts for various ethical hacking activities, examples of which include; password cracking, port scanning, anonymous browsing, keyboard logging, screen capture and packet interception.
Level 6: Live and Mobile Forensics: This is a core module in the Cyber Security and Digital Forensics field. Students apply
methodologies for acquiring, preserving, analysing and documenting digital evidence discovered in the Cyber Crime and Digital Forensics module (CI4310), to network and mobile environments. This includes acquiring volatile digital evidence running on live
computers, forensically processing data packets from networks and extracting digital evidence from mobile devices.

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston College

Department:

Department of Computer Science

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.

75%
med
Information systems

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.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

92%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
B

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.

Information systems

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.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
90%
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Employed or in further education
88%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Information systems

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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