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Computer Networks and Security

Industry recognised

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

89% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Excellent facilities

We have three fully equipped Cisco labs with around 340 devices

UCAS code:
G426
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Computer Networks and Security degree is designed to equip you with excellent technical knowledge and skills in computer networks and communications.

Companies depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations. They want highly trained networking professionals to keep them resilient and operational.

Our Computer Networks and Security degree will equip you with technical knowledge and skills in computer networks and communications. It covers Cisco’s CCNA and CCNP networking industry certifications, and helps you to develop advanced skills in the specific area of network security. Security has become a critical area of concern for modern society as well as for companies. This course prepares you with the skills you’ll need to protect people and organisations from attacks.

On successful completion of study, you will receive the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award: MSci Computer Networks and Security

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award: MSci Computer Networks and Security

On successful completion of study, you will receive the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. 

Previous students have worked with small enterprises or large companies like Cisco and Thomson Reuters. We also send students on placements to Cisco’s European HQ in Brussels; we are the only UK university that currently does so.

Course content

You’ll gain industry-relevant skills, along with opportunities to study for professional certifications from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. You’ll also participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

In your final year, you will be working on a large scale project with the assistance of a supervisor. This allows you to specialise your knowledge in a precise area and further develop your independent learning and critical analysis skills. This work will be presented to your supervision team and also within GradEX to a number of local employers and interested colleagues.

You’ll gain industry-relevant skills, along with opportunities to study for professional certifications from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. You’ll also participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

At the end of the second year, you'll undertake a one year paid placement in a networking company.

In your final year at the university you will be working on a large scale project with the assistance of a supervisor. This allows you to specialise your knowledge in a precise area and further develop your independent learning and critical analysis skills. This work will be presented to your supervision team and also within GradEX to a number of local employers and interested colleagues.

Choosing the MSci integrated Masters degree will give you the opportunity to benefit from an extra year studying advanced specialist modules that will further develop your skills and cover new areas of networking. A group project will allow you to work in a team and help prepare you further for professional work in this area.

You’ll gain industry-relevant skills, along with opportunities to study for professional certifications from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. You’ll also participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

In your final year, you'll be working on a large scale project with the assistance of a supervisor. This allows you to specialise your knowledge in a precise area and further develop your independent learning and critical analysis skills. This work will be presented to your supervision team and also within GradEX to a number of local employers and interested colleagues.

Choosing the MSci integrated Masters degree will give you the opportunity to benefit from an extra year studying advanced specialist modules that will further develop your skills and cover new areas of networking. A group project will allow you to work in a team and help prepare you further for professional work in this area.

You’ll gain industry-relevant skills, along with opportunities to study for professional certifications from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. You’ll also participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

At the end of the second year, you'll undertake a one year paid placement in a networking company.

In your final year, you will be working on a large scale project with the assistance of a supervisor. This allows you to specialise your knowledge in a precise area and further develop your independent learning and critical analysis skills. This work will be presented to your supervision team and also within GradEX to a number of local employers and interested colleagues.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems
Introductory Mathematics
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems
Year 1 compulsory modules
Fundamentals of Computer Networks
Hardware & Computer Systems
Data Storage and Software Development
Maths for Computing
Introduction to Security Technologies
Year 2 compulsory modules
Network Security
Routing and Switching
Ethical Hacking
Professional Skills for Networking
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Network Security
Advanced Software Security
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network
Final Year Project

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

MSci

  • Typical UCAS offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, BBC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DDM, DMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

  • Typical UCAS offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB, BBC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DDM, DMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Computer Networking suite of awards join organisations of all sizes. Our graduates are in high demand by the networking industry. Leading companies and organisations that recruit our students and graduates include Cisco, Meraki, GCHQ, BT, Amazon and Layer3.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Justin Champion
Justin ChampionCourse Leader

A member of the University's Cisco teaching team, Justin specialises in routing and switching. He’s also involved with interesting research on aspects of wireless communications.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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BSc (Hons)
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17 September 2018
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Full-time
09 September 2019

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