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Plymouth University

Computer and Information Security

UCAS Code: G406

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

Entry requirements


120 UCAS points to include 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Computing/IT/Science/ Humanities/Engineering) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction to include 12 credits at level 3 in Maths with Merit.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Maths and English accepted within

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Maths and English considered within

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination.

To include 2 Advanced Highers Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths or an equivalent

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

120

To include 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies Applicants are required to have Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a grade 5 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution

Considered in combination.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Computer science

Cyber security is now widely recognised as an international priority, with hacking, malicious code, and data theft being just three of the many reasons why it's vital in the design, development and implementation of today’s IT systems. This course delivers a view of security threats and solutions, alongside an essential background in wider IT topics. This is particularly important in light of the national Cyber Security Strategy and the current shortage of related skills in the marketplace.

You will enhance your knowledge of a variety of computing disciplines, including analysis and design, programming, networking, information systems. You’ll benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including IISP Academic Partnership and the ISACA Academic Advocate programme. You’ll distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

* Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2017 National Student Survey 86 per cent of our final year students said that “Staff have made the subject interesting”

* Access a wide variety of specialist software, tools and up-to-date facilities, including a dedicated security and forensics laboratory

* Enhance your knowledge of a variety of computing disciplines, including analysis and design, programming, networking, information systems

* Benefit from specialised course material covering the legal and regulatory aspects of computing and information security

* Build an appreciation of the wider role information security plays within an organisational context

* Benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including IISP Academic Partnership and the ISACA Academic Advocate programme

* Learn from a strong team of security researchers and experts with international reputations delivering the course

* Hone your research skills - we work closely with our Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research

* Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. A graduate is entitled to membership of the society (MBCS) and can work towards Chartered IT Professional (CITP) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration with three years' relevant work experience.

Modules

Year 1:

We'll introduce you to the world of information security: hackers, crackers, viruses, trojans, worms, botnets, zombies, phishing and pharming. Build your computing knowledge of programming, computer systems, networks and systems analysis and design. Develop you personal and professional skills for a successful career in information security. The course is designed to help you to develop an appreciation of the wider role information security plays within an organisational context.

Year 2:

Explore topics in the development of secure systems: access control, authentication, biometrics, trusted computing, secure coding, cryptography, vulnerability management, malware analysis. You’ll also develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake digital forensic investigation. A security project drawing on your study so far will enable you to design, develop and evaluate a security mobile app and prepare you for placement.

Final year:

Deepen your understanding of key network security concepts and develop the skills required to undertake penetration testing, intrusion analysis, and incident management. Incorporate all of the varying elements of security by studying information security management, and appreciate the human, legal and regulatory aspects involved in the design and implementation of information security. A substantial project will also help you to develop specialised skills and expertise.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth University

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

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.

73%
med
Computer science

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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

88%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D
337

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.

Computer science

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%
low
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
12%
Functional managers and directors
10%
Electrical and electronic trades
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computing

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

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

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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