BSc (Hons) Computer Security

The security of computer systems is vital, with more and more of our details collected and held by companies and government. As attempts to breach these security systems become more sophisticated, preventing unauthorised access is an important role in society. The BSc (Hons) Computer Security degree has a practical emphasis to prepare you for a career in computer security. You’ll understand how computer systems are designed and secured, and learn how to protect them against all kinds of attacks.

Your Computer Security degree will cover effective computer systems management and how to complete an effective IT health check. You will also have the opportunity to achieve CompTIA Security+ certification as part of your studies, which is an industry-recognised vendor neutral qualification. The University is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for information security and computer forensics by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G590 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
G592 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G590 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
G592 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One

  • Computer Systems and Network Technologies
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Engineering
  • Cyber Tools and Processes
  • Professionalism and Governance in Cyber Security
  • Mathematical Tools for Computer Forensics and Security

Year Two

  • Operating System Theory and Implementation
  • Project Management and Professional Practice
  • Supervised Work Experience (Computing) - optional
  • Study Overseas (Computing) - optional
  • Team Project Pen Testing
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Secure Web Programming
  • Cryptography

Year Three

  • Individual Project
  • Ethical Hacking
  • System Security and Administration
  • Computer Networks
  • The Computing Professional in Practice

Teaching

Your study involves 16 hours of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions each week. You also need to spend an extra four hours per week, per module, doing coursework, general reading and other preparation. We strongly recommend you take advantage of a sandwich year working in industry in the UK or abroad. The skills you will gain will boost your employability, plus it can often lead to employment opportunities with your placement company.

Assessment

Types of assessment include examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises based on real-life scenarios.

Accreditations

This Computer Security degree gives full exemption from the examination requirements of the British Computer Society and is BCS accredited to Chartered Information Technology Practitioner (CITP) level.

Placements

As part of your BSc (Hons) Computer Security degree, we strongly recommend you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. As well as an opportunity to use your knowledge in the real world, work experience will boost your CV and can even lead directly to employment. You could spend up to a year working in industry as part of your course, either in the UK or abroad. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Recent placements include E-Finity, IBM, Fujitsu, GCHQ, and the Welsh Government.

Facilities

Our cyber security facilities include a suite of computer labs, a seminar room, a dedicated server room equipped with the latest high-powered kit, and a brand new forensic investigation lab where you can run a diagnostic of a computer hard disk under digital microscopes.

You’ll also find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.
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Lecturers

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

USW's Computer Security degree will prepare you for a career in computer system security, where you may plan, co-ordinate and implement a company’s information security. You may have to educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attack and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years, as there has been a large growth in the number of cyber attacks on data and networks.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.