University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Digital Forensics and Security with Foundation Year

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INTRODUCTION Gain the skills to combat computer misuse and crime for a career in this important field. You’ll use the latest software, spend a year on a paid placement and conduct full investigations. Our foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? Digital forensics and security have become crucial functions in most business organisations today. If you want a career tackling one of the most pressing issues facing our society, the BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics and Security is an ideal starting point. Gain a strong foundation of knowledge in computer science together with specialist skills in investigating a range of digital devices, computer misuse and computer security Build your practical know-how by harnessing the latest industry software, including Encase Undertake a full digital investigation project to understand how computer forensics can become an integral part of business decision-making Choose an optional industrial placement year as part of your course – a great experience which will set you apart in the graduate job market Draw insights from our inspirational guest lecturers representing various professional bodies including the British Computing Society Prepare for a rewarding future in fields such as digital forensic investigation, intelligence gathering and analysis, incident response and computer system management. IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU? To undertake criminal investigations, authorities today are faced with the challenge of sifting through huge volumes of electronically-stored data on computers, mobile phones and many other storage media. Large public bodies such as the NHS are increasingly interested in forensic computing procedures and their reliance on high-profile, nationally-deployed information systems attracts strong public scrutiny. With such challenges in mind, this course is uniquely designed to cover the investigation and legal aspects of computer forensics, the skills needed to investigate a variety of digital devices, computer misuse and computer security. Throughout you will draw on current specialist knowledge about modern techniques used to investigate computer systems, and will learn how to apply these skills to a range of problems. Above all, this course will help you to develop analytical skills which are absolutely vital in any investigative scenario. HOW YOU WILL LEARN There are three modules per semester, each delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Our labs are equipped with specialist hardware and software, which are vital for the course. A lot of lab-work-based tutorials will involve the use of this dedicated equipment. OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES We have developed a number of links with industry. From time to time, this will mean that there are opportunities to attend lectures delivered by practitioners from various professional bodies and the British Computing Society (BCS). CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY This rapidly growing discipline gives you exciting opportunities in many areas of computing including systems management, systems investigation and law enforcement. You will be given comprehensive training so that you can develop a wide range of skills, which could help you get into a variety of careers in forensics, security or computing. Career paths you could follow include digital forensic investigation, intelligence gathering and analysis, incident response, eDiscovery, computer system management in government agencies, police forces, forensic service companies, and industry.

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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Course codeF49F
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the Further Information section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/C(or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Digital Forensics and Security with Foundation Year at University of Derby - UCAS