FdSc Cyber Security

UCAS Code: for 2021 entry G80 S37X; for 2022 entry T01 S37X Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time
FdSc Cyber Security Awarding body

About the FdSc Cyber Security course

Our FdSc Cyber Security, being offered in collaboration with Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, will prepare you for a career in cyber security and similar fields of digital forensics, cryptography and computer-related employment.

The course focuses on establishing a sound base of knowledge and skills in programming, networking, hardware, databases, and security.

Our new Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology facilities at Scarborough TEC will provide you with access to leading technology and innovative teaching spaces that include a Cyber IT Lab and Digital Learning Hub.

Alongside the practical skills you will learn on this programme, you will also study professional practices and how to navigate the ethical issues you may face working in the industry. You will also advance your transferable skills, such as confident communication, and will gain a thorough understanding of the context of cyber security and how it will enhance your career prospects in the future

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirement for the FdSc Cyber Security will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE, or equivalent qualification, in English and Maths.

What you will learn

Level 4 (Certificate Stage)

You will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Logic and Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving with Algorithms
  • Data Management
  • Information Risk Management

All modules are worth 20 credits.

Level 5 (Foundation Degree Stage)

You will study the following modules:

  • Computing Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Applications
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Applied Cyber Security Project

All modules are worth 20 credits except the Applied Cyber Security Project which is worth 40 credits.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Most modules will be taught through practical workshops, with some seminars taking place in the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology Cyber IT Lab, in the format of interactive demonstrations as you work through emerging cyber technologies to increase autonomy as your knowledge and confidence increases.

Emerging independence is encouraged as your student group grasps concepts at different points and freedom will be allowed to explore with guidance from the Programme Leader.

Programme Benefits

As a student on this programme you will learn to:

Practice and develop a range of technical skills in designing and implementing solutions, aiming for competence, confidence, and expertise to meet contemporary industry and educational expectations.

Understand and appreciate the whole process from problem to solution in a cyclical manner, providing opportunities for developing practical skills, creativity, personal autonomy, and critical reflection.

Develop a solution-focused approach to situations and challenges found in the real-world and nurture a desire to provide clients with high-quality solutions.

Cultivate interpersonal skills including communication skills and professionalism, with the ability to pitch ideas and build positive working relationships.

Experience insight into the real-world of cyber security through a teaching team of industry practitioners who actively create rigorous and robust links within the industry, both locally and further afield.

What next?

As a graduate from this programme you will have an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of the computing field and specialist expertise in the detection, prevention and understanding of cyber security issues.

Through work-based assessment, you will have demonstrable skills which are highly-valued in current employment, a portfolio of work to prove these skills, and a range of transferable capabilities including collaboration, research, organisation and time management, communication, and how to present yourself confidently as a professional.

You will be ready to enter the world of cyber security and related fields, either as a local industry specialist, or with any large organisation who has digital security, especially those which are web-based, such as Google, or have a web-based presence such as Amazon.

Smaller businesses also have a need for the skills graduates will develop on this course, and any organisation of a certain size will employ a specialist for computing and networking facilities.

Equally, you may choose to set up as entrepreneurs and freelancers, consulting with different companies to provide technology and security solutions. As a graduate you could also choose to study a further year and top-up to a full undergraduate degree in this field. We are currently committed to the development of a top-up programme that will follow the FdSc Cyber Security.