BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodeH098
- Year of entry 2023
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Blended Learning, Wrexham
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?
Threats to cyber security are increasing. Our Cyber Security degree focuses on you developing a broad and varied future skill set and aims to deliver the next generation of cybersecurity specialists.
- provides the skills and knowledge across a range of security domains and skills including but not limited to design, policy, compliance and risk. All these aspects underpin the knowledge and skills to help protect us all from cyber threats.
- supports your experience by working with a variety of teams both within cyber security and across the wider computing subject area, all whilst having an opportunity to network with peers and following your chosen Learning pathway.
- is an exciting and vibrant area with many opportunities to make a difference and assist in helping defend and manage the wide range of threats.
- *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.
- *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
- This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.
- 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.
- We offer a wide range of services to help you find the right placement, including work-based learning support and careers advice and fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placements, the better. This is subject to national lockdown restrictions.
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 and 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 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.
- Computer Systems
- Managing Data
- Problem Solving with Programming
- Information and Systems Engineering
- Discrete Computational Methods
- Fundamentals of Networks and Security
YEAR 3 (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.
- Server Technology
- Networking: Scaling Networks
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Responsible Computing
- Cybersecurity and Forensics
- 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 cybersecurity, 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.
- IT Project Management
- Network Security
- Ethical Hacking
- Future Technologies
Part-time students will cover the same modules, but their diet will vary depending upon their availability to attend the scheduled classes.
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.
In the specialist security modules, students will be able to get hands-on experience of practical assessment that will see them configuring a range of computer systems and going through the processes of penetration testing and ethical hacking.
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.
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.
Cyber security is a great career to enter right now, as there is a high demand for professionals with these skills. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow more than 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. Most recruitment managers emphasize graduate skills for entry-level candidates where the more technical skills are typically learned on the job.
Is programming required for cyber security? While a lot of entry-level cyber security positions do not require programming skills, it is considered an important skill for some mid-level and upper-level cybersecurity jobs.
Along with the technical skills you will also develop your transferable and employability skills including:
- Adaptability - cyber security trends are constantly evolving, one of the biggest challenges is dealing with the unknown;
- Interpersonal and communication skills - It's important to remember that cyber security does not exist in isolation. Your team working and project management skills will develop through your taught programme and also through extra curriculum engagement.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 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.