Birmingham City University
Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)
Birmingham City University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Want to study a Cyber Security degree? Cyber Security with a Foundation Year ensures you will develop a range of academic and technical skills relevant to cyber security.

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate..

The BSc Cyber Security course is designed to equip you with state-of-the-art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities and practical skills that will enable you to succeed in meeting the cyber security challenges facing modern organisations. In the 21st century, data has become a necessary commodity, which has value in isolation and more so when viewed as a larger data set for trends and habits. Data is key to the functioning of modern business and the protection of this data is key to the ongoing success of the digital economy.

As systems, such as IoT, both generate and consume data grow in capability and complexity, the need to protect the data created, stored and transited across public and private networks intensifies. Due to this, the need for suitably qualified cyber security practitioners has never been greater. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed by the employers. Our strong links with industry enable us to teach the most demanding and up-to-date topics. You will learn state of the art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities and hands-on practical skills to succeed in meeting the cyber security challenges faced by modern organisations.

This course is supported by a vibrant research environment within the centres for Cyber Security and Cloud Computing at BCU and by traditionally strong industrial links with CISCO, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, UK Fast, Linux Professional Institute and BT.

What's covered in the course?

Secure information technologies form the bedrock of our modern connected mobile society. Our BSc Cyber Security course will equip you to enter this growing and important industry. 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, Huawei and the Linux Professional Institute. The course delivers a well-rounded curriculum in the security of the communication networks; the security of computer processing and storage equipment and the software that runs on it, both private and public, and both local and cloud based; the security and accuracy of information and information systems; and the forensic analysis of threats and attacks, as well as management-level skills such as project and change management, maximising your career potential.

Studying computing with us puts you at the heart of an exciting, innovative community. Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a cyber-security engineer, network administrator, and cyber security analyst or network security architect.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 35 graduates of Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at Birmingham City University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Computer and Information Security.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
35 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at Birmingham City University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £21500 £25500
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £27000 £16500 - £26500 £19000 - £34500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Computer and Information Security

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25948 £22958 £27579
25-75 percentile range £22922 - £30285 £16161 - £30238 £19190 - £36447

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Cyber Security with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Modules

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at Birmingham City University

36% Information Technology Professionals
12% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
8% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Process, plant and machine operatives
4% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
4% Managers, directors and senior officials
4% Artistic, literary and media occupations
2% Customer service occupations
2% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

80 UCAS points A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

Pass with 120 credits at level 4

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CCDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

Achieve a minimum of 80 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 DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall 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.

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 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 H3/D1 taken from three subjects).

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with no less than 5.5 in any level
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Birmingham City University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Cyber Security with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of Birmingham City University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Birmingham City University

Founded in 1853, Birmingham City University (BCU) is located in the city of Birmingham, England. The student population of this institution is made up of students from over 80 nationalities, which allows newly arrived foreign students to quickly feel welcome and at home. State-of-the-art facilities and resources await students on all courses, including the latest Engineering technology, 3D Printing studios, and Horology Workshops, just to name a few. BCU maintains a reputation for having a selective admissions process, so all applicants are recommended to prepare for their interview thoroughly.

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Where is this programme taught

City Centre Campus
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Millennium Point Campus
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