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Sheffield Hallam University

Cyber Security with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A093

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:15,P:30

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

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: CDD at A Level. MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

100%
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

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Computer and information security

• Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
• Learn about aspects of cyber security including penetration testing, systems and network vulnerability assessment and mitigation, ethical hacking, network intrusion detection analysis and prevention.
• Develop your knowledge in web security, mobile device security and management of security policies.

Upon completing the foundation year, you progress to a degree that is accredited by the British Computer Society and accordingly includes a number of topics fundamental to all computing studies, including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases and programming.

* How you learn*

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Cyber Security course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You will develop a range of skills through problem solving activities, practical implementations and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development. Assessments are varied, including reports, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and online activities.

**You learn through**
• lectures
• seminars
• practical tutorial sessions

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
In your fourth year, you can take a one-year paid work placement. Work placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.

Organisations need experienced staff, and a placement will give you the experience you need to add to your CV to secure a desirable security-related position in a competitive job market. We help you to gain a placement and support you through the application process.

During the placement, you will be mentored by a member of academic staff, who will visit you at your place of work. Previous students have worked at organisations including
• Cisco
• Citrix
• 3Squared
• Next
• Servelec Group
• Hewlett-Packard Ltd
• IBM Ltd

**Networking opportunities**
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.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
You can take an optional placement in year three.

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules
Computing Projects 120.00 credits
**Year 2**
Compulsory modules
Computer Systems And Architecture 20.00 credits
Introduction To Computer And Information Security 20.00 credits
Mathematics And Cryptography 20.00 credits
Networking Fundamentals 20.00 credits
Professionalism And Communication Skills 20.00 credits
Programming Fundamentals 20.00 credits
**Year 3**
Compulsory modules
Database Administration And Security 20.00 credits
Ethical Hacking 20.00 credits
Network Intrusion Detection 20.00 credits
Network Services And Administration 20.00 credits
Project Based Learning 20.00 credits
Secure Networking Technologies 20.00 credits
**Final year**
Compulsory modules
Enterprise Applications Management 20.00 credits
Information Security Management 20.00 credits
Mobile Security 20.00 credits
Project (Computer Systems And Networks) 40.00 credits
Web Security 20.00 credits

Assessment methods

* Coursework
* Exams

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
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

78%
med
Computer and information security

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.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

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.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

81%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Customer service occupations
3%
Business, research and administrative 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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