Sheffield Hallam University

Computer Security with Forensics with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate

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• Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
• Develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems.
• Learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence and gaining an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.

After completing your foundation year, you progress to the degree course which is accredited by the British Computer Society, and accordingly includes a number of topics fundamental to all computing studies, including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases and programming.

How you learn
The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Computer Security with Forensics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.
You will gain practical experience by installing, configuring, securing and troubleshooting a range of computer systems and networking technologies. You will assess systems for vulnerabilities, exploit penetration techniques, assess and implement mitigation solutions.

You learn through
• lectures
• seminars
• practical tutorial sessions

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

Applied learning
Work placements
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Live projects
You will undertake an individual project which will enable you to develop your investigative skills in a particular security area of your choice.

Networking opportunities
We include seminars and workshops run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and by employers such as IBM, BT, Satisnet and Citrix.

Course details

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
You can take an optional placement in year three
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Computing Projects 120.00 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Computer Systems And Architecture 20.00 credits
Introduction To Computer And Information Security 20.00 credits
Mathematics And Cryptography 20.00 credits
Networking Fundamentals 20.00 credits
Professionalism And Communication Skills 20.00 credits
Programming Fundamentals 20.00 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Database Administration And Security 20.00 credits
Digital Forensics 20.00 credits
Network Intrusion Detection 20.00 credits
Network Services And Administration 20.00 credits
Project Based Learning 20.00 credits
Secure Networking Technologies 20.00 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Computer Forensics Expert Witness 20.00 credits
Information Security Management 20.00 credits
Investigative Forensics 20.00 credits
Project (Computer Systems And Networks) 40.00 credits
Elective modules
Enterprise Applications Management 20.00 credits
Network Management 20.00 credits
Web Security 20.00 credits

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Exams

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

CDD at A Level.
MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
Maths at grade C or 4

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/computing/bsc-honours-computer-security-with-forensics-with-foundation-year/full-time/2020

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced C Listening: minimum score 162 Speaking: minimum score 162 Reading: minimum score 162 Writing: minimum score 162
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
PTE Academic 52.0 Listening: minimum level 51 Speaking: minimum level 51 Reading: minimum level 51 Writing: minimum level 51
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 Listening: minimum level 17 Speaking: minimum level 20 Reading: minimum level 18 Writing: minimum level 17

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 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

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB


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