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University of Salford

Computer Science with Cyber Security with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: G4G5

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

Entry requirements


64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing at A-level. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination. Pass in Science Practical

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

QAA Approved Pass in a Computer related Subject with insufficient maths to be offered Level 4

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Grade 4 in Computing, Physics or Maths at Higher Level

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level Computing or Numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level Computing or Numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

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

DM-MM

DM (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes computing or a numerate subject. MM (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

Must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

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

MPP-MMP

MPP (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes computing or numerate subject MMP (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

Must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

UCAS Tariff

64-72

From a minimum of 2 full A Levels or equivalent. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing at A-level. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Computer science

With data breaches on the rise, the protection of our personal and financial information, and the systems that hold them, has never been more important. Our industry-designed BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security with Foundation Year degree, provides specialist cyber security knowledge, and a hands-on ethos, so you're ready to fight cyber crime.

Cyber criminals are using more sophisticated techniques to infiltrate I.T systems. Many organisations throughout the world urgently need talented people to reduce their risk and help to keep their systems secure. Our industry-designed three-year course will provide you with essential computer science knowledge and specialist cyber security skills, delivered to professional standards and ready to prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career.

The Foundation Year aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in computer science to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in computer science. You will cover the basics of programming, as well as looking at the detailed operation of computer systems. Furthermore, you will cover essential mathematics and gain the correct skill set for success on the related computer science course. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remaining three years of your course (or four with a placement year).

With our envious campus location, minutes from central Manchester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the region’s thriving tech community - why not even join our HackManchester 2018 winning team. Salford is also part of the recently announced GM Cyber Foundry, part of the city-region’s blueprint to be the European leader in digital which will see GCHQ move some operations to Manchester. During your studies, you can also choose to spend a year in industry to expand your CV, apply your academic knowledge and enhance your workplace skills.

**Features**

- Explore the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks to understand cyber attacks.

- Study forensics so you can diagnose attacks and determine the extent of damage.

- Develop an understanding of cryptography to address security concerns

- Learn about evidence preservation so you can work within an ethical framework

- Understand risk management so you to actively manage threats rather than just solve problems

- Build the skills necessary to study the full BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security

Modules

Computer Programming; Computer Systems; Mathematics.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

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.

76%
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

83%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
11%
Information technology technicians
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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.

Computer science

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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