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

Level 5
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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. 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.

This course is offered through the Higher Level Apprenticeship pathway - Higher Level Apprenticeships

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

Download the full programme specification here

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
  • The Work-Based Learning (requires learners to complete 400 hours.) or
  • Project Management

Students will undertake Work Based Learning or Project Management.

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 by the college's policy relating to APEL.

Applicants need to be in computing employment on entry to course.

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

*The fees quoted are payable for each year.

1 Available Session

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




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