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Leeds City College

Cyber Security and Networking

UCAS Code: G420

Foundation Degree - FD

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:24

A typical offer would be based on students achieving their Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, 24 of which are to be at Merit.

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

MM

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

MMP

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48

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time day | 2020

Subject

Computer networks

This programme has been developed and designed to offer a pathway through to the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking.
The aim is to provide students with excellent knowledge and skills to enable them to operate immediately at a professional level in the Cyber Security and Networking sectors of commerce and industry, with particular emphasis on the application of a range of professional skills to meet and support the needs of this rapidly expanding sector. The course will equip students with the requisite skills and knowledge together with professional qualifications to operate efficiently and effectively in this highly skilled and growing area of IT.
The course timetable is structured effectively, so students have the opportunity to access their degree programme and also continue with part time jobs - as it is offered over two days per week. There is a strong emphasis not only on developing technical skills, but also on students own development and employability skills as well. All students will be required to gain work experience which is crucial to the development of a professional CV.
Successful students will achieve a FD in Cyber Security and Networking, which will enable them to continue with a further year of study to achieve a full honours degree, or leave and go straight into the workplace.
All members of the course team have extensive industrial/commercial experience or long experience of teaching in further/higher education.

Modules

The FD in Cyber Security and Networking comprises of 12 modules which are likely to include:

Level 4

Introduction to Linux: This module will prepare the next generation of IT workers to fill the must-have skills of the future: knowledge of multiple computing environments, knowledge sharing, open source basics, and a dedication to the profession.

Introduction to Networking: Introduction to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It will assist students in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications and protocols used today.

Introduction to Routers and Routing: Develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols.

Introduction to SQL Networks: this module is concerned with the Database Administration track teaching the SQL knowledge's and skills to use SQL for administering SQL servers and the understanding for SQL based technologies.

Professional Development: This module develops students personal attributes andtheir individual development and career plans.

Server Operating Systems: This module introduces students to X500 based server systems. Focuses on the installation, configuration, management and design of server systems. The module focuses on server systems small single site- to medium multi-site server implementations

Level 5:

Advanced Server Techniques: This module introduces students to the advanced server roles and policies supported by a general purpose server operating system. Focuses on the fundamental services that servers provide for an enterprise network environment including WDS and WSUS. Focuses on configuring and managing an advanced server infrastructure based on real life responsibilities.

Implementing Network Security (Attacker): The goal of this course is to develop a detailed understanding of network security principles from the attacker's perspective as well as the tools and configurations available. The online course materials will assist students in developing the skills necessary to design and support network security, by understanding the mind set and skills of an attacker.

Implementing Network Security (Defender): To develop a detailed understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations available to defend your network technologies.  The online course materials will assist students in developing the skills necessary to design and support network.

LAN Switching: To develop an understanding of how switches are interconnected and configured to provide network access to LAN users. This course also teaches how to integrate wireless devices into a LAN.

WAN Technologies: The primary focus is on accessing wide area networks (WAN). The goal is to develop an understanding of various WAN technologies to connect small- to medium-sized business networks.

Work Related Learning: Develops students understanding of the workplace as well as their project management skills and their employability skills.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment ensures that student progress is supported and facilitated through tutorials and personal tutor support.

Each module is assessed by an assessment which is broken down into tasks.

A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, reports, presentations and practical work.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£7,950
per year
England
£7,950
per year
EU
£7,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,950
per year
Scotland
£7,950
per year
Wales
£7,950
per year

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