Computer Networks and Security

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Fascinated by cyber security in today’s society? It’s a key concern for modern organisations in our digital world. Secure communication technologies form the bedrock of our modern connected mobile society and our BSc (Hons) / MSci Computer Networks and Security degree course focuses on the practical needs of businesses that require high quality computer and network security, ensuring you’re equipped for a career in this increasingly important industry.kills. What's covered in the course? The course takes a practice-led approach, making use of equipment and tools found in the industry to give you the best preparation for a successful career. Our approach prioritises the practical skills sought by industry, backing this up with a thorough understanding of theory. The course delivers the latest in computing, network and security technologies, with the opportunity to gain additional accreditation from Cisco, Juniper and the Linux Professional Institute. Birmingham City University is also home to Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre. You’ll learn from a well-rounded curriculum in computer network engineering, programming, server systems, security theory and practice, as well as management-level skills such as project and change management, maximizing your career potential. Studying computing with us puts you at the heart of an exciting, innovative community. Part of your first-year assessment will involve taking part in our annual Innovation Fest, where students get together to solve society’s problems with creative technology. Previous projects have included medical assistance drones, accessible gaming controllers, and smart housing solutions. The event brings together students, academics and industry guests, so it’s a great way to have fun, build experience and network, and win prizes! Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a network security engineer, network administrator, and network security analyst or network security architect.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Course codeI122
Institution code B25
Campus nameMillennium Point Campus
Campus codeA

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing at A-level or level 3 equivalent A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3. including 12 Techical credits merit or distinction. Must be from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects Knowledge of Computer Programming is required for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).   Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
AS 112 UCAS tariff or must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing at A-levels, or level 3 equivalent. A maximum of two AS-level subjects, considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers) Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics) For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) one of which must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) one of which must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1) Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) One of the A-level / equivalent qualifications being taken must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application Acceptable equivalents:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 with an average 50% in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject. May be considered for advanced entry subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required. Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing.
HND (BTEC) For Year 1 entry pass the HND with 2 merits. Overall grade is a Pass. For Year 2 pass the HND with an overall grade of at least a Merit from second year subjects in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject. May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required. Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

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

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Computer Networks and Security at Birmingham City University - UCAS