BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Validated by The Open University)

The BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics is aimed at meeting the local demand of Cyber Security experts in Northern Ireland. It will cover a range of computing specialisms allowing successful students to follow different career paths.


Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 11003
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Computing/Software Engineering/Networking

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Part-Time
Bangor
16/09/2024
Time: 09:00-18:00
Part-Time
Bangor
16/09/2024
Day: Tues, Thur
Time: 17:30-21:30
Part-Time
Downpatrick
16/09/2024
Time: 09:00-18:00
Part-Time
Downpatrick
16/09/2024
Time: 17:30-21:30
Part-Time
Lisburn
16/09/2024
Time: 09:00-18:00
Part-Time
Lisburn
16/09/2024
Day: Tues, Thur
Time: 17:30-21:30
Course Structure

The BSc (Hons) consists of 80 credits of module material, 40 in each semester in Year 1.  You will also complete a 40-credit dissertation module in a project of your choice across the 2nd Year.

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Modules may include:

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Host Based Forensics
  • Secure Systems Design
  • Project Management

 

BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Validated by The Open University) - Programme Specification

Contact Hours per Week

8 hours' contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

19 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme.

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application.

You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.

Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

 

 

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements  

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND  

  • 2 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Level 5

  • Foundation Degree in a Computing related discipline with a pass mark of 55% or above in Level 5 modules or 
  • Pearson Higher National Diploma in a Computing related discipline grade merit or above
  • Candidates presenting with Foundation Degrees or Higher Nationals or other Level 5 qualification from other awarding bodies will be considered under APEL procedures.

    Admissions

    • Successful completion of the Admissions Process
    • Students who have not studied the FD in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at SERC must undertake the Cisco CyberOps Associate course materials provided by the college as background knowledge for entry prior to the course start date. There is no requirement for students to complete assessment of the learning.   

    APEL

    • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the Admissions Section of our website

    Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, project-based learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    Successful completion of this course could lead to a career in the computing industry.

    The course provides the opportunity to develop real-life experience and practical skills that employers want.

    You will learn transferable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply for relevant jobs within the computing industry. The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace. 

    There is an additional cost of £150 for access to industry material for the Ethical Hacking module.  This will give you access to the course materials for the EC-Council CEH programme.

    Modules include:

    • Ethical Hacking
    • Host Based Forensics
    • Secure Systems Design
    • Project Management

    Available Sessions

    The following sessions are open for application on this course:

    Campus & Course Type Start
    Part-Time
    Bangor
    16/09/2024
    Time: 09:00-18:00
    Part-Time
    Bangor
    16/09/2024
    Day: Tues, Thur
    Time: 17:30-21:30
    Part-Time
    Downpatrick
    16/09/2024
    Time: 09:00-18:00
    Part-Time
    Downpatrick
    16/09/2024
    Time: 17:30-21:30
    Part-Time
    Lisburn
    16/09/2024
    Time: 09:00-18:00
    Part-Time
    Lisburn
    16/09/2024
    Day: Tues, Thur
    Time: 17:30-21:30

    Enquiries Information

    For more information or help with this course send us an enquiry and a member of our team will get back in touch.

    Available Sessions

    Course Type Title Campus Start Spaces Fee Apply or get more information
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003BD1A

    Bangor

    16/09/2024

    Time: 09:00-18:00

    20+ £1210.00
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003BE1A

    Bangor

    16/09/2024
    Day: Tues, Thur

    Time: 17:30-21:30

    20+ £1210.00
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003DD1B

    Downpatrick

    16/09/2024

    Time: 09:00-18:00

    20+ £1210.00
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003DE1A

    Downpatrick

    16/09/2024

    Time: 17:30-21:30

    20+ £1210.00
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003LD1A

    Lisburn

    16/09/2024

    Time: 09:00-18:00

    20+ £1210.00
    PT
    HE
    BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Top up) (Validated by The Open University)
    Y11003LE1A

    Lisburn

    16/09/2024
    Day: Tues, Thur

    Time: 17:30-21:30

    20+ £1210.00

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    Terms & Conditions

    Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

    We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

    In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
    SERC Open University Regulations
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