BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security

With the increasing sophistication of threats to the cyber landscape coupled with the rapid increase in attempts to disrupt our critical systems and gain commercial and personal data, there is an ever-increasing demand for high skilled cyber security graduates to defend individuals and organisations from a diverse range of cybercrimes.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security degree is unique in nature, as it offers a high level of practical learning to complement its academic underpinning. Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry partners so that you will benefit from the opportunity to work alongside industry enabling you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the workplace. Through a range of learning experiences, you will gain the knowledge of how to keep computer systems free of interference by testing and evaluating them for vulnerabilities and forensically examining the evidential data they provide, to find solutions to real-life problems.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to work on projects and live briefs set by industry, so your knowledge and skills will be relevant and useful to you in the workplace.

This hands-on approach will not only enable you to gain industry contacts but will give you an insight into what will be expected of you when you graduate. This is further enhanced by regular industry talks which will help you understand the wide range of cyber roles available to you and help you to focus on your graduate career choices.

This cyber security course is part of the National Cyber Security Academy, which brings the University, Welsh Government and industry experts together to tackle the skills gap and create experts who can fight against cybercrime. USW has been named Cyber University of the Year for three consecutive years at the National Cyber Awards and we are one of only 8 Universities in the UK to be awarded Gold by the National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence. 

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
7B9P Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
7B9P Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

USW's Applied Cyber Security degree has three main themes: secure systems, digital forensics, and governance. During the first year, you will study all three topics, then you can specialise in one of these fields as you progress through your studies.

You will study in our Secure Operations Centre, which is equipped with specialist cyber security software and facilities. You will also have mentors from the industry and the University who will support and guide you. This workplace environment emulates what it's like to work in cyber security, so it differs from traditional classroom-based teaching. Given this nature of the degree, assessments are entirely project-based.

Year One: Applied Cyber Security degree

  • Essentials of Professional Skills in Cyber Security and Governance - 40 credits
  • Cyber Security Tools and Practices - 40 credits
  • Secure Server Configuration and Networks - 40 credits

Year Two: Applied Cyber Security degree

  • Digital Crime Scene Management - 40 credits
  • Secure Systems - 40 credits
  • Strategic Corporate Governance, Compliance and Cyber Risks - 40 credits

Year Three: Applied Cyber Security degree

  • Advanced Digital Forensic Techniques - 40 credits (optional)
  • Advanced Systems Security - 40 credits (optional)
  • Incident Management: Assessment and Response - 20 credits
  • Final Individual Cyber Project - 60 credits

Teaching

Students on our Applied Cyber Security degree will study at the Newport City Campus and will benefit from high quality workspaces and specialist cyber labs.

By working directly on industry projects and briefs in a sandbox environment, your knowledge and skills will stay relevant and address current issues and threats within the Cyber Security landscape. This hands-on approach which is supported by a high calibre academic course team, will also enable you to gain industry contacts and understand what will be expected of you in the workplace when you graduate.

Assessment

There are no formal examinations on the course. Assessments are a mix of academic evidence-based research and practical project-based assessments.

Placements

Companies currently involved in the cyber security course include Airbus, General Dynamics, Alert Logic, Information Assurance, QinetiQ, Silcox Information Security, Westgate Cyber Security, and Wolfberry Cyber Security.

 

Facilities

Our learning environments are designed to simulate office workspace environments. From the 2nd year onwards, each student will be allocated a dedicated workspace to undertake their studies. This approach creates their own professional and immersive environment that helps to produce work-ready graduates. As a student you will get the opportunity to access to our state of art cyber security labs that equipped with the industry standard toolkits.
 
Our Security Operations Training Centre offers students first-hand experience in responding to cyber security threats by simulating real world cyber security incident handing exercises. There are only very few universities in the world that offer this capability. National Cyber Security Academy at University of South Wales the 1st in the region to have a SOC within a university.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

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 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).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

 

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry 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 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Field trip
A number of events, such as careers talks, guest lectures etc will be available to students and may take place at locations other than the Newport campus. Students will be expected to pay the cost of transport to these events, which will of course depend on where students live.
Field trip *
The course includes some activities that are held at specialised locations such as the Crime Scene House at Glyntaff campus. Students will be expected to pay the cost of transport to these events, which will of course depend on where students live. There are approximately four occurrences of this type throughout the year.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students

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

Admissions statement

Graduate prospects in cyber security are very strong. Cyber security is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, but there is a shortage of experts. Researchers estimate that 4.5 million cyber experts will be needed by 2019 to meet the growing threat from security attacks. The skills and work ethos you will develop during this specialist cyber degree will make you highly employable and ready to begin a career as a cyber security professional.

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.

Full-time