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This course is designed around the requirements of Cyber Security in the Northern Ireland industry. Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and implement cyber security solutions. Additionally, 'soft' skills will be developed in teamwork, communications, professional practice and time management.
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Cyber Security focuses on Networking Skills\Techniques that are used by real world industry to ensure security of systems. Focus of learning will include, Incident management and risk, penetration testing, scripting, security etc.
You will have an opportunity to undertake professional qualifications in Cisco Cyber Security Essentials and Cyber Ops, Comptia A+, Network+ and Security+ which are highly sought after and recognised by industry.
All applications will be individually considered. Successful applicants must have normally studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following:
Entry can also be made from national certificate/diploma, HE access, NVQs or by the College’s policy relating to APEL.Students who do not hold any formal level 3/4 qualifications but hold significant and relevant Industrial experience may gain admission through experiential learning and should request for the College Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure.
Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL).In the event of over-subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.
Assessment is by the use of coursework assignments with some module examinations throughout the duration of the course. Students are required to undertake a Work Based Learning module or Project Management module as part of their studies.
The articulation route for successful graduates from the Foundation Degree in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure allows for progression onto university degree courses in computing related disciplines subject to individual course requirements including:
Employment opportunities may also exist on successful completion.
Teaching Delivery StatementThe teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners*The fees quoted are payable for each year.
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Total Full Fee £2,700.00
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Total Full Fee £1,590.00
BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University)
Foundation Degree in Cyber Security (Validated by The Open University) (HLA)
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Information Technology (RQF) (Equiv. 1.5 A-Levels)