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Computing (Networks, Cyber Security and Forensics) BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: I290

Learn how to identify and prevent malicious cyber-attacks. Master the art of digital forensic analysis and learn how to set up secure computer networks on a degree accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Computer Science
A student plugs wires into the back of a server in a computing laboratory in the Tech Hub.

Computer networks are no longer limited to rows of PCs wired to servers in a corporate office. Any connected devices can now form a network. It’s your smart phone, door lock, tablet, fridge, camera, even your lightbulbs and thermostat. Modern networks are wireless and spread everywhere. Our data has never been more valuable or more vulnerable.

For families, businesses and governments, the systems and information in their networks are valuable assets. This degree gives you the skills and knowledge to run professional networks and keep them safe from cyber criminals.

You’ll work on real-life projects in our £13million Tech Hub laboratories and workspaces. Go beyond technical network administration to learn tools and techniques in IT and project management. You’ll study computer theory, network security and forensics then cement your knowledge by putting it into practice on our computer security degree.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT logo. Subject to re-approval.

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

Year 1 is designed to help you grasp the principles, technologies and science that combine to create computer networks. You’ll learn how to analyse computer systems and suggest improvements. We’ll introduce you to the inner workings of the web and its technologies, the basics of computer architectures and networking, and the fundamentals of programming and software development. You’ll also receive an introduction to the computing industry and develop essential transferable skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Accessible Web Design and Development

Computer Systems Architecture and Networks

Foundations of Computer Science

Professional Practice 1

Programming 1

Programming 2

Do you protect your personal data when you’re shopping online? Uncover the hidden dangers of e-commerce and Wi-Fi networks in Year 2. You’ll specialise in computer networking and data communications, information security and forensics, databases, and wireless and mobile networks. Develop your teamwork skills on a group project to finish the year. Get more CV-boosting experience if you take up our optional year in industry before starting Year 3.

Compulsory modules:

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Computer Networks

Database Systems

Fundamentals of Digital Forensics

Professional Practice 2

Security Fundamentals

Wireless and Mobile Networks

Forensic investigations, ethical hacking and network security – Year 3 is packed with chances to show your skills. You’ll get creative and show originality in your research and development project, exploring an area of networking, security or forensics in depth. We’ll help you develop ethical hacking skills through practical exercises, and you’ll learn how to design and assess secure networks. You’ll also cover biometrics security and approaches to identity management.

Compulsory modules:

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Biometrics Security and Identity

Ethical Hacking

Forensic Computing

Network Security

Research and Development Project

How you'll study

Computing involves considerable practical activity and many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. Theoretical concepts will then be introduced by building on solid practical activity.

To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The pattern of assessment is varied and designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will design and write programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake examinations. We want you to develop an ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including security, networks and forensics. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, A Level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Your networking, security and forensics degree is the key to an exciting career that could take you anywhere in the world.

Edge Hill computer security and network students now work with giants in their fields. This includes multinational telecoms giants, independent software testers, cloud computing and virtualization experts, and the biggest name in British arms, security and aerospace including:

  • BAE Systems
  • VM Ware
  • Nokia
  • ROC

With our degree, you will find opportunities within any organisation large enough to use a computer network. You can also explore options with network providers, digital security experts, or the law. Job titles you can look at include System Penetration Tester, Security Architect, Security Risk Assessor, Digital Forensic Investigator or Network Engineer.

BCS accredited

Subject to re-approval, the programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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