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Forensic Computing and Security Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our Forensic Computing and Security degree will allow you to explore the fascinating fields of forensics and information security side-by-side. You will gain expertise and understanding surrounding modern computing’s essential areas, covering programming, cyber security, digital forensics, ethical hacking and project management. On top of all this you will additionally be given a wide range of optional units in your second and third years of study.

After you complete your first year of study you will then have the option to specialise by choosing your named award as one of 8 possible options. This could be in Computing, Data Science, Forensic Computing, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Information Technology and more.

Students have attended placements with the likes of Aston Martin, Dyson Appliances Ltd, IBM, Barclays Bank and British Aerospace to name but a few. Graduates have gone on to starting job roles including Police Forensics Investigator, Information Security Analyst, Security Systems Analyst and Forensics Consultant to name a few.

• This course is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS) which recognises the excellence of teaching and student learning delivered on the course.
• You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year.
• Range of facilities and labs which includes a state-of-the-art cyber security unit where you can simulate cyber-attacks.
• Opportunity to join the Computing and Cyber Security societies, providing opportunities to further your learning and work with students from all across the university.

Course details

Modules

You will study a range of subject areas including business and professional issues, computers and networks, programming, relational databases, systems analysis and design, user-centered web development, digital forensics, ethical hacking and countermeasures, infrastructure strategy, project management and team working, systems design, information assurance, security by design and an individual project, along with a number of optional units.

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 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 code G550
Institution code B50
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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