Course Information

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

The Open University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 12 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 16
Total Hours: 480
Fee: 2700
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 12 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 45
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 585
Fee: 1590
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


This course is designed around the requirements of Cyber Security in the Northern Ireland industry. Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and implement cyber security solutions. Additionally, 'soft' skills will be developed in teamwork, communications, professional practice and time management.

Additional Information

  • Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here
  • Download the full programme specification here

  • Teaching Delivery Statement

    The teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners
    *The fees quoted are payable for each year.

    Terms & Conditions

    Students are required to:• Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).• Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.• Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.*The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

    Core Modules

    Cyber Security focuses on Networking Skills\Techniques that are used by real world industry to ensure security of systems. Focus of learning will include, Incident management and risk, penetration testing, scripting, security etc. You will have an opportunity to undertake professional qualifications in Cisco Cyber Security Essentials and Cyber Ops, Comptia A+, Network+ and Security+ which are highly sought after and recognised by industry.Students are required to undertake a Work Based Learning module or Project Management module as part of their studies. The Work-Based Learning or ProjectModules of study:

  • Management requires learners to complete 400 hours.
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Programming Essentials
  • Network Data Security
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Mobile Devices & Cloud Security
  • Responsive Incident Management
  • Server Management and Security
  • Cyber Security Implementation
  • Work Based Learning or Project Management

    Optional Modules

    Students will undertake Work Based Learning or Project Management

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is by the use of coursework assignments with some module examinations throughout the duration of the course.

    Progression Opportunities

    The articulation route for successful graduates from the Foundation Degree in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure allows for progression onto university degree courses in computing related disciplines subject to individual course requirements including:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (Full Time / SWC Dungannon/Enniskillen/Omagh Campuses)
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top Up) (Validated by The Open University) (Part-Time / SWC Dungannon/Enniskillen Campuses).
  • Employment opportunities may also exist on successful completion.

  • Entry Requirements

    All applications will be individually considered. Successful applicants must have normally studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following:

  • successful completion of an advanced diploma;
  • successful completion of a BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma/Sub Diploma/Certificate in a related subject;
  • successful completion of A Level study;
  • equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level;
  • qualifications deemed equivalent to the above;
  • UCAS tariff score of 48 or above is desired for entry to this programme. Entry can also be made from national certificate/diploma, HE access, NVQs or by the College’s policy relating to APEL.
  • Students who do not hold any formal level 3/4 qualifications but hold significant and relevant Industrial experience may gain admission through experiential learning and should request for the College Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure.Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL).In the event of over-subscription entry criteria may be enhanced. Refer to general entry requirements.

    International Student Entry Requirements

    Full Time Option: International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.