Foundation Degree in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Validated by The Open University)

The Foundation Degree (FD) 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: 2023/24
Course Code: 11001
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Computing/Software Engineering/Networking

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Course Structure

The Foundation Degree consists of 60 credits (normally 3 modules) per semester in Year 1 and Year 2.  The Foundation Degree provides you with an opportunity to undertake a structured work- based learning placement within the computing industry during the final year of the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a suitable work placement employer; however, assistance will be provided by the college as required.  

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

Modules include:

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Systems
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Incident Response
  • Web Technologies and Applications
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Cloud Security
  • Network Security
  • IoT Security
  • Innovative Delivery of Mobile Applications
  • Work-based Learning 

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

Contact Hours per Week

15 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.

Work Placement -Year Two

5 days per week over 14 weeks in semester 2.

This is a 2-Year Programme and course fees are payable in each year.

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.

UCAS

A minimum of 64 UCAS points:

  • A levels  OR
  • Level 3 Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level
  • B2 IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Admissions

  • Successful completion of the admissions process

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

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 either a career in the computing industry or to related degree programmes.  SERC offer a 1 year degree top-up for this programme.

The course provides the opportunity to undertake a placement within the computing industry to assist you in developing 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. 

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Modules include:

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Systems
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Incident Response
  • Web Technologies and Applications
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Cloud Security
  • Network Security
  • IoT Security
  • Innovative Delivery of Mobile Applications
  • Work-based Learning 

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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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