Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS

Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (with foundation year)

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Course summary

The foundation year of this Coventry University degree will be delivered from our CU Coventry campus. Course delivery from year 1 of the degree course onwards will be from Coventry University campus. This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for a career in ethical hacking and cyber security. The foundation year of this course will introduce you to a range of digital technology content including fundamental software engineering and data storage concepts, the theory behind how networks operate, devices communicate and how such networks should be designed. It also covers information technology in business and the fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills required to solve relevant problems. Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) degree within Coventry University’s School of Computing, Mathematics and Data Science. The degree aims to provide you with a strong practical and theoretical understanding of cybersecurity, hacking, digital forensics, security operations and the underlying associated computer science. Specifically, the degree is designed to help you develop skills in understanding who ‘hackers’ typically are, the techniques they use to break into systems and the way we defend against them. It also aims to develop learning how to examine computers and networks for digital artefacts, and how these can be used in a legal case, or as part of incident response. Finally, it seeks to increase understanding on how the network infrastructure connects systems, and the impact on security. Key benefits of the degree

  • Thriving community of ethical hackers with opportunities to participate in societies and live ‘hackathon’ type events
  • Previous graduates have gone on to become security consultants, security engineers, penetration testers and other sector-specific roles
  • Practical, hands-on approach to teaching, where you have the chance to demonstrate the theoretical aspects of the course through real-world examples
  • Dedicated specialised learning environment with the Ethical Hacking Lab
See our website for further details.


Foundation year modules include: * Fundamental Pure Mathematics * Software and Databases * Networks and Communications * Information Technology in Business On successfully passing your foundation year you progress to year 1 of your degree on Coventry University campus. In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in your chosen field.   Modules * Cyber Security Fundamentals * Introduction to Programming * Networking and Computer Architectures * Information Security Management * Ethics and Legal Frameworks of Cyber Security professionals * Foundations of Computer Science In year two, you will continue to develop the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt. Modules include: * Practical Penetration Testing * Programming and Operating Systems * Foundations of Networking * Security Operations * Digital Forensics * The Internet and Web Technologies Placement year - There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Your final year aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from previous years. You could also work on a large final project in an area of your interest, with the support of a mentor and your Academic Personal Tutor. Modules: * Advanced Penetration Testing * Digital Security Risk and Audit Management * Applied Cryptography * Research Project Preparation * Research Project Delivery And optional modules in: * Reverse Engineering and Exploit Development * Secure Network Design and Management * Advanced Digital and Network Forensics We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Formal examinations Phase tests Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Exams Individual Assignments Laboratories The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7950 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note: UK (home) tuition fees for the degree years will be charged at the current Coventry University UK (home) degree fee level. This was set at £9,250 for the 24/25 academic year. This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.

Provider information

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CU Coventry
8 Mile Lane

Clearing contact details

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Course Clearing information

Additional information

Thursday 17 August 08:00-21:00, Friday 18 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 19 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 21 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-19:00

Course contact details

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Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS