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Sheffield Hallam University

Cyber Security

UCAS Code: GG4N

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General studies. Or 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General studies.

92%
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

Subjects

Computer networks

Systems auditing

Your study encompasses areas such as • mobile security • cryptography • network intrusion detection • secure networking technologies • information security management • incident response • risk management • security assessment • ethical hacking • web systems security.

You also study more general computing subjects such as • computer architecture • programming • database systems • networking.

In the final year you will build on your placement experience to develop a rigorous enterprise approach to cyber security processes and techniques, further enhancing your employability in the field.

**Facilities**
Laboratory sessions allow you to develop your practical problem solving skills for each module and are vital to a successful career in this technical area. You combine this with case studies, group work and online learning to promote the best understanding of computer and information security.

You will work in well-equipped security, forensics and network labs furnished with switches, routers, security appliances, virtualised desktops and servers, configurable wireless access points and direct ADSL internet links.

You will have the opportunity to talk with a number of exciting companies, both those that specialise in the area of cyber security, and others that understand that keeping their system secure is vital to a thriving industry. In the past we have invited Citrix, Cisco, PwC, Sec-1 and other individual consultants in the cyber security industry to talk.

**Placements and work experience**
In year three, you can enhance your employability and earning potential by completing a one-year work placement. Placements offer you valuable experience and let you apply your knowledge and skills to the industry. Our placement providers include • Sec-1 • Satisnet • BT • Citrix • HSBC as well as student placement startups such as Hawkify.

As part of your course there are also opportunities to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It counts towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and/or partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer.

Modules

**Year one modules**- • introduction to computer and information security • computer and systems architecture • networking fundamentals • programming fundamentals • mathematics for networks • professionalism and communication skills

**Year two core modules**- • ethical hacking • secure networking technologies • database administration and security • network services and administration • project-based learning • network intrusion detection

**Year three**- • work placement

**Final year core modules**- • information security management • web security • mobile security • enterprise applications management • professionalism and employability • dissertation project

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Group work
• Examinations
• Final year project

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Single tier structure

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.

77%
med
Computer networks
77%
med
Systems auditing

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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
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

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B
301

Information systems

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
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

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C
293

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.

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Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
7%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Information technology technicians
17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Customer service occupations
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.

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.

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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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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