Develop technologies that impact business and society.
CYBER SECURITY OVERVIEW
Cyber Security is one of the fastest growing sectors in the digital space. With an increased risk of cyber threats on businesses and systems across the world, there is big demand for Cyber Security professionals. You will have the flexibility to apply skills and knowledge across a range of industries, such as IT/Communications, Banking, Retail, Utilities, Travel, Healthcare and Manufacturing. Potential future career paths include digital forensics, cyber security management, penetration testing, secure system design and development, data protection and privacy or cryptography and communications security.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
By building your skills in front and back-end development and software design, you will begin to understand the standards and technologies used within industry to build secure systems. The range of modules covered in this course will give you a broad range of skills that will enable you to evaluate risks, mitigate threats and recover from systems breaches. As a Cyber Security professional, you’ll need to understand the social, legal and ethical concerns when operating in this framework.
Further to this, you will also:
- Understand the nature of cyber-crime and the importance of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI).
- Learn about operating systems and their similarities and differences.
- Begin to formulate risk management and mitigation strategies using real-world scenarios.
- Find out how to write robust code and integrate systems securely.
- Get to grips with Network security.
By studying the Cyber Security degree course, you will gain a solid foundation for your chosen career path. There’s a strong focus on providing practically applicable skills that employers within the industry need and value. Also, with both academic and practical experience, you will be prepared to unlock your future career aspirations.
- Your theoretical understanding will be enhanced by opportunities to learn, develop and demonstrate a wide range of practical and applied skills and competencies.
- You’ll work closely with our industry partners such as Microsoft in order to gain a full insight into the digital working environment. Microsoft also provides mentorship to students and online sessions, with other partners including TalkTalk and KPMG getting involved too with guest lectures.
- No traditional end-of-year exams. Assessments will be practical and competency-based where possible* including individual and group work in a range of formats such as case studies, essays, reports, literature reviews, reflective logs and diaries, self and peer evaluations, audio/visual projects and presentations.
All UA92 degrees are awarded by Lancaster University.
- 2 - 4 Years
You can complete your degree in as little as two years, depending on your starting point and study preference. For example:
- Standard degree – three years to complete*
- Accelerated degree – two years to complete*
- Foundation with standard degree – four years to complete
- Foundation with accelerated degree – three years to complete
†Not applicable for two year accelerated degree
*Entry via Integrated Year One or direct entry
UNIQUE LEARNING APPROACH
While engaging with this degree you will gain theoretical understanding of the topics you are exploring, you will also have opportunities to learn, develop and demonstrate a wide range of practical and applied skills and competencies.
Assessments will include individual and group work submissions and could be in the form of case studies, essays, reports, literature reviews, reflective logs and diaries, self and peer evaluations, group and individual presentations along with subject-specific skills and competency assessment.
You will also go on a personal development journey. From leadership to resilience and effective team working – it’s all covered by our Target Talent Curriculum.
- Academic and English Skills
This module is designed to provide students the grounding ready to undertake Level 4 study. It focuses on developing students’ knowledge, communication, analytical, critical thinking and key transferable skills which support undergraduate study. It includes a planned combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, peer support activities, and blended learning to enable candidates to achieve these essential skills. There is an emphasis on student-driven learning and student engagement and participation in the design and evaluation of the module.
- Introduction to Numerical Techniques
This module will introduce students to basic maths theory and concepts to prepare them for studies in the first year of a degree. It includes a planned combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, peer support activities, and blended learning to enable candidates to achieve these essential skills. There is an emphasis on student-driven learning and student engagement and participation in the design and evaluation of the module.
- Introduction to Research
This module is designed to provide students with the necessary research skills to be able to succeed at Level 4 study and beyond. It will enable students to understand, generate, analyse and interpret data and to draw valid conclusions from data. It develops students research skills, how to conduct effective research supported by a clear research plan and data analysis techniques. It includes a planned combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, peer support activities, and blended learning to enable candidates to achieve these essential skills. There is an emphasis on student-driven learning and student engagement and participation in the design and evaluation of the module.
- Principles of IT
This module aims to develop in students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers a good understanding of and ability to use common applications (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) in document creation, data collation and presentation. Students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web-based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms. It includes a planned combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, peer support activities, and blended learning to enable candidates to achieve these essential skills. There is an emphasis on student-driven learning and student engagement and participation in the design and evaluation of the module.
- Fundamentals of Cyber Security
- Front End Development
- Back End Development
- Software Design
- Operating Systems
- Cyber Security and Risk
- Information Systems
- Secure Coding
- Human Elements of System Design
- Network Security
- Contemporary Issues in Computer Science
To enable you to complete your degree and enter the world of graduate-work much faster, you will study 6 blocks of 6 weeks per year for 2 years. This is instead of studying the three-year standard structure of 4 blocks of 6 weeks per year.
Students choosing the two-year accelerated degree, will study all the modules outlined above but in a more condensed period.
The two-year accelerated degree is only available when commencing in the September, January and April intakes. When applying, please indicate that you wish to apply for this two-year option.
Designed for international students, this entry point will develop a greater understanding of the skills you will need to develop in order to successfully and confidently progress with your UK degree.
The additional module has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and research and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be covered. The Integrated Year One will also help students understand the institutional culture, practices and core terminology of UK higher education.
Integrated Year One students will study all academic modules with direct Year One entrants. Additional support and guidance, designed for international students, will also be provided.
The Integrated Year One accepts students with a lower academic level than the standard Year One.
At UA92 the Computer Science degree has been co-designed with industry giant Microsoft, computer services provider Insight, coding bootcamp Code Nation, connectivity providers TalkTalk and the Technology team at KPMG. This truly innovative approach to curriculum development means students develop the practical skills required in the tech industry as determined by the industry itself that is underpinned by learning the theoretical knowledge. Leading experts at these organisations will provide regular guest lectures, masterclasses and mentorship, whilst also inputting into project work and providing regular time off-campus working directly in tech businesses on live projects and client briefs.
Further industry connections are built through the Character and Personal Development modules within the Target Talent Curriculum. Students work on projects set by a range of partners and undertake placements which build on their subject discipline.
Foundation (One Year)
2023/2024 – £14,450
Degree (Per Year)
Integrated Year One: £16,950 (followed by standard degree fee for Year 2 and 3) or £24,450 (followed by accelerated degree fee for Year 2)
Standard three-year degree: £15,344 (per year)
Accelerated two-year degree: £23,001 (per year)