Cardiff University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Computer Science with Security and Forensics (Year in Industry)

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Course summary

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The BSc Computer Science with Security and Forensics degree aims to give you a dynamic, theory-based and practical understanding of computer science with a strong information security theme. Students on this course will develop transferable technical, analytical and professional skills, supported by a broad awareness of current technology trends, particularly in the field of computer security. The course covers a mixture of core techniques and concepts and evolving, technology-based subject matter. Thinking like a computer scientist involves modelling real world problems on appropriate levels of abstraction, and developing elegant, efficient and practical solutions based on established mathematical and engineering principles. Business use of web applications and rising cases of cybercrime has fundamentally changed the nature of information security. As a concern for big business economies and consumers alike, graduates with an understanding of computer security and forensics are exceptionally valuable to many employers. Graduates are able to objectively analyse problems and develop appropriate computational solutions. Your detailed understanding of technology computer security and digital forensics will make you suitable for a range of professional careers and sought-after by employers. Distinctive features The course does not require any prior knowledge or experience of computer science or computer security. You will begin your studies with a month-long module which establishes core concepts and competencies and supports the transition to studying at a university. You will develop your understanding of computer science, information security and digital forensics through project work and module options. A dedicated cybersecurity and digital forensics teaching laboratory supports this study. Our approach to security and forensics is that they should be considered first from a business needs and requirements perspective, then follow a systematic implementation into corporate environments via risk assessment, security policy, and finally technical implementation of security techniques. This degree offers the opportunity to take an industrial placement between taught years two and three.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeGKF4
Institution code C15
Campus nameMain Site - Cardiff
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB Excludes A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DMM Information Technology (or Information Communication Technology), Computing and Engineering
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB - BBB Excludes A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 30 points or 655 in 3 Higher Level subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.
Extended Project A For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Mathematics Grade B or 5 and GCSE English Grade C or 4 required.

English language requirements

All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.

To find out more, please go to:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/undergraduate


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £21950 Year 1
Channel Islands £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Channel Islands: Fees stated are for the 2020/21 academic year. Fees after year one The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel. Overseas: Fees stated are for 2020/21 entry and are fixed for the first three years of study. Where programmes run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation (this is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments) plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Sponsorship information

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

Computer Science with Security and Forensics (Year in Industry) at Cardiff University - UCAS