FdSc Computer Networks and Security

From hacking to espionage, user error to equipment malfunction – organisations rely on talented and well-qualified professionals to keep their data safe. Our Foundation Degree in Computer Networks and Security offers the applied skills and understanding needed for a career helping to keep the modern world running smoothly.

FdSc Computer Networks and Security

Course details

Recent news reports reveal data breaches at large corporations and some people say the age of cyber-warfare has already begun. The need for talented, professional and ingenious computer network and security professionals has never been greater. Governments, organisations and individuals rely on being able to store and access information securely and efficiently, and our Computer Networks and Security Foundation Degree offers an excellent preparation for a career in this field.

Our dedicated staff will support you to develop the strong understanding and practical know-how vital to protect data against all possible sources of disruption, at all times. Focusing on the design, configuration, management and support of all types of computer networks, we’ll guide you as you gain valuable hands-on experience with a range of industry-standard hardware and software. Our focus on practical skills development leading to a work-based learning placement help to ensure you are prepared to impress potential employers.

We’ll also support you to gain vital academic and lifelong learning skills so that you are well prepared to research new technologies, apply your knowledge in new ways, and keep abreast of innovations and enhancements in the computer networks and security industry throughout your career.

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain Cisco certification to CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) standard. The Cisco CCNA examination is offered at external testing centres and incurs a separate charge. The course also includes training towards RedHat Linux qualifications.
  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • Our dedicated laboratories are firewalled so that you and your classmates can experiment and evaluate attack tools without worrying about disrupting the wider University network.
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry, and contribute to your professional development.
  • By designing the course assignments and projects so that they mimic industry pipelines and standards, we aim to give you a real feel for a career in computer networks and security.

Key features:

  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our dedicated networking laboratories have industry-standard hardware and software and you’ll have unrestricted access, so you’ll always be able to practice and develop your workplace skills.
  • As you’d expect, many of our computing facilities can be accessed across the internet, allowing you to work on your assignments whenever and wherever you choose.
  • We will help and support you to develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in readiness to impress potential employers.
  • On successful completion of this Foundation Degree you will be eligible to apply for our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security (Top-up) course. This allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for an additional 12 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a technology related subject; for instance, A-level Computing or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, Science and a technology/computing subject.

If you don’t meet the standard entry requirements, but have non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience, we’ll be happy to consider your application. You’ll need to achieve a minimum mark in a diagnostic mathematics test and attend an interview.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This is a growing sector and one in which more and more companies are becoming increasingly liable for the security and confidentiality of their customer and business data. Graduates of this foundation degree will have a good understanding of how to evaluate the security needs of an organisation, and put in place plans to protect against possible cyber-attacks and security breaches. This course not only covers how to design and implement new systems but also to lead and manage them effectively.

As a graduate, some of the key transferable skills you’ll have developed include team work, leadership, communication, time management, commercial awareness, problem solving and negotiation. Continuing professional development is especially important for people working in computing as technology and software develops at such a rapid pace.

What can I do with this qualification?

Every company has some form of digital infrastructure that supports the day-to-day running of the business. A Computer Networks and Security Foundation Degree graduate can explore opportunities in a range of businesses including large corporates and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), government agencies, local authorities, health authorities, financial services, retail and e-commerce, network providers and internet service providers.

Completing this foundation degree will also prepare you for a variety of careers, such as computer and information systems management, technical support engineering, computer systems analysis, network and computer systems administration, network analysis and network security, digital forensics and computer network architecture.

Alternative career options

  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Social media management
  • Technical writing
  • Product management
  • ICT Training
  • ICT sales
  • Digital copywriting
  • Telecommunications
  • Network engineering

Professional recognition

You’ll register with the Cisco Networking Academy to enrol for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) study programme. A Cisco certificate is awarded after you successfully complete each of the four parts. Once you have completed the CCNA study programme, you can choose to sit the Cisco CCNA examination at an external testing centre. A separate charge is payable to Cisco for the external exam.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Operating Systems Virtualisation
  • Linux Essentials
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Routing Fundamentals
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Advanced Linux
  • Computing Security
  • Network Architecture
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Enterprise Infrastructure
  • Work Based Learning

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures introduce the core course content, while practical laboratory sessions give you practical experience and help to consolidate your learning. Tutorials allow you to ask any questions you have, ensuring you understand the topics covered in lectures and laboratory sessions. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into computer networks and security in commercial environments.

Guest lectures/presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these don’t count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake practical exercises. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. This helps to identify any areas that would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (52%), Practical exams (40%), Written exams (8%)
Level Two Coursework (55%), Practical exams (37%), Written exams (8%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (64%), Placement/study abroad (15%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (21%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    FdSc
  • UCAS points:
    64
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Adam Isherwood
Programme Leader
Email: A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903075

Bren Tighe
Associate Teaching Professor
Email: B.Tighe@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903556

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903