BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (Degree Apprenticeship)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

1st in Wales

for teaching satisfaction (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

2nd in the UK

for satisfaction with the course (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

4th in UK

for student experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Digitally enabled technologies and services support most aspects of modern life. Ensuring information is safe and services are kept running is the responsibility of cybersecurity practitioners and computer security experts.

Students will:

  • Gain a full degree in three years of part-time study.
  • Study one day per week, with the remaining four days in employment.
  • Address the advances in cybersecurity through an in-depth understanding of IT security, hacking, forensics, and the future and emerging technologies associated with this rapidly changing field.
  • Have opportunities to undertake real-life projects, preparing you for work within the industry.
  • Have opportunities to build and configure computer and networked systems, as well as the necessary support systems.
  • Explore the issues associated with managing these types of systems and in particular the necessary aspects of network security.
  • Apply the knowledge and professional skills developed within the programme to their workplace.
  • *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

  • Hands-on teaching of a range of cybersecurity skills, techniques and tools, such as cryptography, authentication, access control, viruses and malware, penetration testing, risk management, and forensic investigation.
  • Extensive PC and networked computer facilities with internet access.
  • The course team have strong links to the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster, an industry-led forum for cybersecurity practitioners and employers, and students on the programme have opportunities to attend and be involved with their meetings and events.
  • 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

Students will develop and apply the knowledge and professional skills developed within this programme of learning to their workplace. Developed as a three-way learning partnership between the employer, the student and the academic programme team, this route will enable students to develop skills that will be in high demand in the future, meeting regional skills gaps.

By utilising the full calendar year and applying core tenants of work-based learning, students will achieve their award within the same period as a standard full-time student.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 contains essential fundamental material that is relevant in all of our computing programmes and supports your studies in years two and three. 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 processes and context of computer science and security. 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.

MODULES

  • Computer Systems
  • Managing Data
  • Problem Solving with Programming
  • Information and Systems Engineering
  • Discrete Computational Methods
  • Fundamentals of Networks and Security

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Level 5 continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline as more specialist modules start to be introduced, such as the Cybersecurity and Forensics and Security in Context modules, which explore how computer systems can be configured to resist and identify cyber-attacks. You will enhance your computing and investigative skills by applying them in laboratory and practical work, to areas that are relevant to the discipline of cybersecurity.

MODULES

  • Server Technology
  • Networking: Scaling Networks
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Responsible Computing
  • Cybersecurity and Forensics
  • Group Project

YEAR 3 (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 cyber security, and study the specialist modules of Network Security and Ethical Hacking, both of which will prepare you to deal with a range of security threats and attacks. 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 telecommunications systems and services using current and emerging technologies.

MODULES

  • IT Project Management
  • Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Future Technologies
  • Project

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

The standard entry requirements of the University for this programme are (for Level 4 entry):

  • 48 UCAS tariff points from appropriate level 3 qualification such as A Levels
  • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including Maths and English Language/Welsh

Applicants without the necessary UCAS tariff points, or who have qualifications that do not carry UCAS tariff points, will be considered based on their professional experience within the industry they intend to study the apprenticeship in. All applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be interviewed prior to being made an offer, providing those without formal UCAS tariff points the opportunity to demonstrate how their skills and experiences from within the industry make them a suitable candidate for this programme of study.

To apply for the degree apprenticeship route, please use our direct application form.

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 portfolios, examinations and unseen class tests. Assessment will involve both individual and group/team-based assignments.

In the specialist security modules, students will be able to get hands-on experience of practical assessments that will see them configuring a range of computer systems and going through the processes of penetration testing and ethical hacking.

In addition to the standard assessments, apprentices are expected to demonstrate professional competencies and behaviour within the workplace. A three-way learning plan is agreed between employer, apprentice and University which will detail the on-the-job training and professional competencies, specific to the individual employer (such as working practices, company structure and processes, induction, and professional behaviour).

Students are expected to be in a relevant full-time position and to apply relevant learning to their work-place through applied projects and utilising real-world examples within their assessments.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

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.

Career prospects

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.

A degree apprenticeship gives you real work experience, alongside the knowledge and theory you'll get from studying a degree. By allowing you to develop the skills and knowledge for specific jobs and careers it could kick-start your career and give you a strong CV tailored to the field you want to work in.

Fees & funding

To be eligible for the funding for these programmes with WGU, you must: 

  • Be in employment in Wales
  • Be supported by your employer to undertake the level of study required
  • Meet the standard entry requirements for the programmes
  • Have not studied a similar subject at this level or higher previously

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.