Course Information

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

The Open University
Sessions

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Full-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 16
Total Hours: 480
Fee: 2600
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator: Heather.Ellison@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 8
Total Hours: 240
Fee: 1000
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator: Heather.Ellison@swc.ac.uk

Description

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
  • 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: www.swc.ac.uk 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 Project
  • Modules 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. Employment opportunities may also exist on successful completion.

  • Entry Requirements

    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 by the college's policy relating to APEL

    International Student Entry Requirements

    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.