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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Cyber Security with Foundation Year

Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in cyber security, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A093
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • 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.

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Love
Matthew Love
Principal Lecturer & Quality Lead

My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, sy … Read more

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.

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Future careers

Employers regularly visit us to recruit our graduates and contribute to our teaching.

Companies that have recruited BSc (Honours) Cyber Security graduates include

  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • 3Squared
  • Next
  • Servelec Group
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Sec-1
  • Info-Assure

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • specialist computing hardware, tools and applications
  • well-equipped security, forensics and network labs furnished with switches, routers, security appliances, virtualised desktops and servers, configurable wireless access points and direct ADSL internet links
  • Kali Linux, which can be used for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment against Windows server and client systems hardened against attacks

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 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

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

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

• Access - an 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.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Systems And Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematics And Cryptography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Networking Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professionalism And Employability Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Ethical Hacking Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Intrusion Detection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Services And Administration Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Secure Networking Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Penetration Testing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Security Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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