BSc (Hons) Computer Security

General

Program Description

Course Overview

Often called Cyber Security, this degree in Computer Security studies the technologies and practices designed to protect networks, computers and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access.

The Computer Security course will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, apply and critically evaluate the principles that underpin Computer Security.

It will give students an understanding of the technical and social perspectives, how attacks work, the likely threats & vulnerabilities, and the approaches used by the attackers.

The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand and design frameworks which contain the technical, physical and process controls that can be implemented across an organisation to reduce information and systems risk, identify and mitigate the vulnerability, and satisfy compliance obligations. The course will also provide students with the knowledge and skills to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability analysis in business organisations; to develop secure systems and use industry standard tools and techniques.

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, technical labs, reflective blogs, individual and group projects, further enhanced by real-world case studies and guest lectures from industry experts and supported by our Moodle virtual learning environment.

Due to the nature of the programme, practical labs and workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time - in addition to the timetabled delivery - so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment, for example through blogging and on GitHub.

Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director and supported by Year Tutors. Their work is supported by the Personal Tutor team within the School, who provide a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues.

The School has an active Student Computing Society, an official Students’ Union society, as well as a BCS Student Chapter, providing a wide range of events, activities and field trips throughout the academic year.

Employability & Careers

Hardly a week goes by without news of the latest “cyber attack” and yet there is a shortage of people with appropriate skills to deal with the problem and this lack is directly affecting the ability of organisations to prevent or deal with attacks. A quick search for “cybersecurity skills shortage” shows how serious the problem is with the Independent reporting that there are only sufficient people seeking cybersecurity jobs to fill 31.6% of those required.

The Cardiff Met Computer Security course will prepare graduates for a challenging and lucrative career in the forefront of the defence of business and national UK infrastructure.

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

Degree:

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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