BSc (Honours) Cyber Security with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Cyber Security with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Computing

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

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What is the UCAS code?

    A093

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    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.
  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start

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.

Accredited by
  • Chartered Institute of Information Security
This course is accredited by the British Computing Society


How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Cyber Security course. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree. During the first year of study, you will enhance your skills to maximise your academic potential ready to start your learning against the content of the main degree.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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

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John Haggerty
Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security

Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

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.


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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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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

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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.

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


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Foundations In Computing 1
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundations In Computing 2
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Maths For Foundation Computing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Study Skills For Computing Students
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Computer Systems And Networks
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Cyber Security, Maths And Cryptography
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Professionalism And Employability
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Software Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Database Administration And Security
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Ethical Hacking And Intrusion Detection
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project Based Learning
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Secure Network Services And Administration
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Penetration Testing And Information Security Management
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Enterprise Applications Management
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project (Cyber Security And Networks)
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Blockchain And Iot Security
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Data Storage
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Offensive Forensics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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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