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Cyber Security Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This four-year extended degree includes a foundation year (Year 0) that provides the background necessary for entry on to one of our digital forensics or cyber security based BSc (Hons) courses, and is aimed at those who have little or no subject background. The course is also suitable if you wish to change your subject area or if your secondary level grades have not matched your expectations.

 
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More about this course

The Cyber Security Extended Degree BSc (Hons) includes a foundation year (Year 0), designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level.

With greater advances in technology, the need for cyber security has increased. New threats surface constantly, highlighting the need for specialised individuals to help combat this danger and keep information secure.

You'll study core subjects including programming, networking, cyber security and mathematics, all in a highly supportive environment that will give you the confidence and knowledge to join the full honours degree course at the right level.

You'll gain the kind of solid practical, problem-solving and analytical preparation that gives you a strong basis for future success. The extra year really makes a difference, and many students on the extended degree have gone on to obtain first class honours degrees followed by immediate highly paid employment.

London Met has extensive facilities and world class facilities such as our Cisco labs, IT security and forensics labs, creative technology labs, our technology tower, and electronics and microprocessor labs. We also have connections to many companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and IBM.

Assessment

A continuous assessment approach is adopted including regular online quizzes, lab-based tests, short answer tests, as well as individual and group assignments. Diagnostic and other formative assessments help students and staff identify where individual support is needed, for example, through our maths and programming clinics.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of our Computer Forensics and IT Security BSc degree enables you to apply for membership of the British Computer Society (BCS) and to register to become a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Becoming a Member of the British Computer Society entitles you to put the letters MBCS after your name and is an accreditation that is recognised and respected by employers across the IT sector.

Our Computer Networking and IT Security BSc degree is currently undertaking the accreditation process for the British Computer Society (BCS).

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code I900
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent eg, Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    On this module students will learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques. Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and laboratory experiments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module introduces the basic concepts, and the design, of Analogue and Digital Electronics Communication Systems and Computer Networks. The module is designed to deliver basic concepts and applications through hands-on practical workshops.

    It is assessed by Progress Tests: Test 1 (week due 14), 25% weighting; Test 2 (Week due 24), 25%; Duration: 1 Hour each; and Coursework Assignment: Logbook (week due 30), 50%;

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    The module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning computer software design; and to programming using a high-level language concentrating on sequence, selection, iteration (loops) and list processing. It is assessed by three individual online tests (20%, 20%, and 30% weighting) and a group programming assignment (30% weighting).

    It aims to enable the student to use a programming language in a familiar and confident way in a variety of practical situations, and to use an integrated programming development environment competently.
    It also enables the student to design and write simple programs, individually and in groups, using the programming language constructs described in the syllabus below; and to develop techniques to ensure software quality and robustness, and to produce a reflective report.

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Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:

  • Programming
  • Cyber Attack Prevention
  • Computer Networking
  • Mathematics

Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the path you choose following completion of level three. Pathway options include:

What our students say

"This course has made me to be security conscious especially when I am online. The lecturers have been great and helpful. They are always there for students, always willing to help."
National Student Survey

After the course

Graduates of our cyber security related courses are well equipped to start careers as programmers, network engineers, mathematicians, web designers and many other roles in many other industries all over the world. There is also the option for further study at postgraduate level.

What is an extended degree?

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for January 2019

Start a degree in the new year. Applying is quick and easy – simply call our January hotline on or apply to us online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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