University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Cyber Security and Networking (Top Up)

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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We aim to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to operate immediately at a professional level in IT sectors of commerce and industry. A degree in Cyber Security and Networking will equip students with academic and practical skills, essential in today's economic climate that requires employees to have more than a specialised focus. The course will enable students to develop secure network and communication systems, preparing them for playing their part in defence against cybercrime. All members of the course team have extensive industrial/commercial experience or long experience of teaching in higher education.

Course details


The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking comprises 4 core modules and one optional module which is likely to include: Core Modules: Project: this is a double module - Students will be expected to and carry out an in depth critical analysis of a particular area of IT with a view to producing a thesis or a showcase. Research Skills: this module will equip students with all the skills necessary to undertake a major project. It will develop knowledge and understanding of the use of appropriate research methods as well as selecting and applying appropriate research methods for an independent study. Information Security Management: this module will give students the skills and knowledge necessary to develop policies and procedures in information security. The module covers critical topics in security today, including cloud computing, mobile security, application development security, risk management and more Virtualisation Technologies: will equip administrators with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to build and run a Virtualized environment. This module focuses on the installation, configuration, management and design of networks, hosts and virtual machines. Optional Modules: Project Management: will use PRINCE2 which is a process based method for effective project management skills. This module will develop those sought after skills so much in demand in industry for Project Managers. Reviewing a number of methodologies such as Prince2, Agile and Scum, which are used on a daily basis, the students will then be asked to work in Project Teams on a real project utilising one of the appropriate methodologies most suited to that project. This has been received positively from students who develop much needed transferable skills whilst working on a live project. Database Administration and Management: will provide students with a solid foundation in basic database administration. Lecture topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices that will prepare you for a database administrative role.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment ensures that student progress is supported and facilitated through tutorials and personal tutor support. Each module is assessed by an assessment which is broken down into tasks. A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, reports, presentations and practical work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code8H24
Institution code L21
Campus nameUniversity Centre
Campus code1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

A typical offer is likely to be 55% average at Foundation Degree or a Merit profile in a relevant HND, together with a minimum of 2 GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or higher. International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification. Additional admission requirements underpinning knowledge is required for any student who wishes to undertake the optional module of Database Administration of data analysis and SQL development. In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate substantial relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. There is an interview process involved which includes a written report to assess academic writing ability. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) though this is likely to be rare and Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning such as Professional Qualifications.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7950 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.
Cyber Security and Networking (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS