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Foundation Degree in Cyber Security (Validated by The Open University)

Level 5
Full-Time/Part-Time
23/24
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Overview

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.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here

Download the full programme specification here

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.

Students are required to undertake a Work Based Learning module or Project Management module as part of their studies.

Mode of Study and Duration:

Full Time: 2 Years - 2 Semesters per Year

Part Time: 2 Years - 3 Semesters per Year

Year One

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Programming Essentials
  • Network Data Security
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Mobile Devices & Cloud Security
  • Responsive Incident Management
  • Server Management and Security
  • Cyber Security Implementation
  • Work Based Learning or Project Management
  • Students will undertake Work Based Learning or Project Management

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:

  • Successful completion of an Advanced Diploma;
  • Successful completion of a BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma/Sub Diploma/Certificate in a related subject;
  • Successful completion of A Level study;
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level;
  • Qualifications deemed equivalent to the above;
  • UCAS tariff score of 48 or above is desired for entry to this programme.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

In the event of over-subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.

Full Time Course -Entry Requirements for International Students:

International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

Students, for whom English is not their first language, must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test.

Assessment is by the use of coursework assignments with some module examinations throughout the duration of the course.

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:

BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University).

Employment opportunities may also exist on successful completion.

Teaching Delivery Statement
The 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.

Tuition Fees

2023/24 fees:

Full-Time: £2,700 (payable on an annual basis)

Part-Time: £265 per 20-credit module. £530 for 40-credit Work Based Learning module

For 2024/25 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website.

International Student Fees:

2023/24 fees:

Full-Time: £6,500 (payable on an annual basis)

For 2024/25 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website.

During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

2 Available Sessions

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.

Enniskillen

Full-Time

P6032EF10A

Session Code

2 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

16

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

23/24

Academic Year

11/09/2023

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Heather.Ellison@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £2,700.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Enniskillen

Part-Time

P6032EP10A

Session Code

2 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

13

Hours per Week

45

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

23/24

Academic Year

11/09/2023

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Heather.Ellison@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £1,590.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

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