Birmingham City University

Computer Forensics Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Join us at Birmingham City University and study Computer Forensics in the UK. Our BSc (Hons) /MSci Computer Forensics course gives you access to study in our specialist Digital Forensics labs, all equipped to industry standards and run the latest software, meaning you can experience the most current technology and prepare yourself for the working world.

With digital forensics playing a critical role in the world of modern criminal investigations, studying Computer Forensics with us will help you develop the practical and professional skills needed by employers in the digital forensics, cyber security and law enforcement sectors.

The course covers the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data recovered from computers and digital devices to establish factual evidence. Our dedicated specialist Digital Forensics Laboratory hosts professional digital forensics tools, including EnCase, FTK, XRY, Cellebrite and other industry standard tools. You will also develop the necessary legal, expert witness and professional skills required by employers.

What's covered in the course?

This course is for you if you want to combine a highly rigorous academic qualification with real life practical work experience that will prepare you to apply your knowledge as a computer forensics expert or forensic investigator. You’ll be joining a well established course, with a proven track record of producing skilled and confident graduates who are ready to meet the demands of the digital forensics industry. To ensure the course meets the knowledge and skill requirements for conducting professional digital forensic investigations, the course curriculum has been designed in close consultation with digital forensics experts from the private sector as well as from a number of UK police constabularies.

The multidisciplinary nature of our course will foster the essential skills you require in computer networking, ethical hacking, computer programming, and legal and expert witness roles complementary to digital forensic investigations. These attributes are not only essential to employers in law enforcement and the digital forensics industry but also serve as broader employability skills. On graduation, you will be capable of managing a digital forensic case and conducting technical examination and interpretation of digital-based evidence. You will develop as a confident, highly skilled and professional graduate with a meticulous and methodological approach to problem solving, whether working individually or as part of a professional team.

Motivated by a practice led, knowledge applied philosophy, our course emphasises a hands on, practical approach to learning digital forensic investigation, computer networking and other essential computing techniques using commercial and open-source forensic tools. We incorporate additional activities such as industrial workshops, practitioner boot-camps, guest lectures and vendor qualification assessments to strengthen the employability driven nature of our course.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our curriculum has been developed in close collaboration with industry and input from various digital forensics service providers and police constabularies around the UK.

  • Our specialist Digital Forensics Lab boasts a plethora of industry standard digital forensics and data recovery resources to provide you with the best learning opportunities and industry-relevant hands on practical skills.

  • The course has been designed with graduate employability at the forefront. Owing to our excellent industrial ties, we regularly host guest lectures and workshops hosted by digital forensics and law enforcement professionals, giving you the opportunity to meet key industry figures..

  • Our course has a proven track record of producing confident and highly skilled graduates who gain employment in the digital forensics, cyber security and law enforcement sectors.

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15 January

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further 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: https://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
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 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 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 Highers offered with 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 AA - EE must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
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
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
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
Extended Project 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
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics, English Language
Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
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
HNC (BTEC) P Pass and complete with an average 50% in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
May be considered for advanced entry on to the second year of the degree 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) P 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
May be considered for advanced entry on to the third year of the degree subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required. This rarely happens.
Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points points overall with a minimum of Grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher Level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics). Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points. Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Grade 5 or above in Mathematics at Standard Level will be accepted in lieu of this from the IB Diploma.

Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
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. Maths must be at Higher Level. Must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 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 Diploma D*D* 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
subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM In 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 Subsidiary 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
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
Can be combined with two A levels, a BTEC Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* 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
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
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


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU


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