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University of Plymouth

Computer and Information Security

UCAS Code: G406

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

Entry requirements


112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

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

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-30

Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Maths and English considered within as GCSE equivalent at H1-H7 or O1-O4

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination. Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 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/5 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/5 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 (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 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/5 in GCSE Maths We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.

Considered in combination.

112-120 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths or an equivalent

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-120

To include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination

94%
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 | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer and information security

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.

Assessment methods

23% of assessment is by exam, 72% by coursework and 5% practical assessment

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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
100%
Male students
0%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

70%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
3%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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