BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Security (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodeI566
- Year of entry 2022, 2023
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
1st in Wales
for teaching satisfaction (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*
2nd in the UK
for course satisfaction (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*
4th in UK
for student experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*
Why choose this course?
This technology-infused course has been designed to respond to identified skills gaps in the IT industry. It includes a mix of technology, security and networking modules with many hands-on practical opportunities.
Today’s businesses demand the ability to have computer systems and networks, which operate on a global scale – so there is a high demand for people with the skills to make this happen.
- Develop critical skills and cutting edge thinking to gain the confidence to keep up with the fast pace of change in this field.
- Develop technical knowledge of the installation, operation security, and maintenance of computer systems and networks used in business and industry.
- Develop industry-critical key skills such as team working, communication and business skills.
- Have opportunities to work on real-life projects.
- Learn the fundamentals of data communications and how to apply this knowledge to manage, design, implement, configure and operate secure networks on a professional footing.
- Learn how to identify a range of significant threats to network security and formulate and implement defence strategies.
- Have the opportunity to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification whilst studying for their degree.
- Have access to Cisco Systems state-of-the-art equipment used in practical sessions.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 3rd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching, and 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with the course in the Computer Science and Information Systems subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated joint 2nd in Wales for teaching quality and 4th in UK for student experience in the Computer Science subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Key course features
- Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further years of study.
- This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.
- Extensive PC and networked computer facilities with Internet access.
- A specialist computer laboratory dedicated to computer networking.
- The computing subject area is a recognised Cisco Academy. You have the opportunity to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification whilst studying for your degree.
- The optional Industrial Placement Year gives students the opportunity to experience the workplace first-hand and gain valuable employment experience for the future.
- This course responds to identified skills gaps and you will develop the critical understanding, knowledge and skills needed for successful employment.
- The University is home to ARCLab, which specializes in research in the field of Computing and Computer Science.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated 3rd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching, and 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with the course in the Computer Science and Information Systems subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated joint 2nd in Wales for teaching quality and 4th in UK for student experience in the Computer Science subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
What you will study
YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
The foundation year provides students with the knowledge and confidence in the use of formula, data manipulation and representation. You will gain an understanding of the core hardware and software associated with the use of computer systems, as well as keeping up to date with current developments in technology. There will be numerous opportunities to work on practical activities such as robots, CAD design which will be further developed at degree level.
- Design & Technology
- Computer Hardware & Software
- The Skills You Need
- Computing Mathematics
- Development in Technology
- Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)
Level 4 contains essential fundamental material which is relevant in all of our computing programmes. You will learn both subject-specific skills along with transferable skills which will increase your employability prospects.
With the support of your tutors, you will learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, techniques, design process and context of computer networks. You will also learn about hardware issues, including interfacing and data communications, and their impact on the overall design and performance of computer-based systems.
- Computer Systems
- Managing Data
- Problem Solving with Programming
- Information and Systems Engineering
- Web Design and Development
- Fundamentals of Networks and Security
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)
Level 5 continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. You will enhance your computing and investigative skills by applying them in the laboratory and practical work to areas such as network design. You will also undertake a group project, incorporating a feasibility study, to design, produce and test a prototype of a network system or product. By the end of your second year, you will be able to demonstrate the fundamental interpersonal, organisational and study skills needed for undergraduate study and for lifelong learning in a career as a professional networking engineer.
- Server Technology
- Networking: Scaling Networks
- Network Protocols and Algorithms
- Responsible Computing
- Applied Programming
- Group Project
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)
Once you reach your final year, you will further develop your skills through taught modules and research, with a focus on the latest developments in your chosen discipline. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which will help prepare you for the kind of tasks and situations you may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will further develop your in-depth specialist knowledge, understanding and practical skills within key areas of the discipline, as applied to the development of networking systems and services using current and emerging technologies.
- IT Project Management
- Network Security
- Managing Networks and Systems
- Future Technologies
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria above will be assessed on an individual basis by interview.
Teaching & Assessment
Assessment is seen as an integral part of learning and assessment criteria are linked to individual module learning outcomes. Assessment methods include practical assessments, reports and essays, analysis of case studies, oral presentations, seminar papers, project work, personal development portfolio, examinations and unseen class tests. Assessment will involve both individual and group / team-based assignments.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Computing is essential to most careers these days, however, this course will specifically prepare you for a number of specific industry-related positions such as:
- Network Manager
- Network Analyst
- Systems Administrator
- Computer Security Specialist
- Other Computing-Related Professions
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.