BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security - HE6 top-up

From hacking to espionage, user error to equipment malfunction – organisations rely on talented and well-qualified professionals to keep their data safe. If you’ve already completed a related foundation degree or HND, our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security (top-up) course offers you honours-level skills and knowledge ready to help keep the modern world running smoothly.

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Governments, organisations and individuals rely on being able to store and access information securely and efficiently. Our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security (top-up) course seeks to enhance your existing foundation degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, and expand your opportunities in the fields of cyber-security and networking.

Our dedicated and experienced staff will support you to develop honours-level skills and knowledge that are vital to the protection of data against all possible sources of disruption, at all times. Building on your prior studies, we’ll guide you as you gain skills in problems analysis and finding solutions to contemporary networking and security problems. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of IT operations management, as well as your understanding of cloud and network threats and strategies for countering those threats. You’ll also have a choice of optional modules depending on your prior knowledge and experience, and personal preferences.

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.

Highlights
  • 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 ask us 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.
  • Your final year project offers the chance to specialise in an area of interest. We’ll support you to develop it as a portfolio of work that demonstrates your knowledge and skills, ready to impress potential employers.

  • For direct entry to Level HE6 (top-up), you'll need either a foundation degree (FdSc or FdEng) or an HND in computer networking and security, cloud computing, software engineering, or a similar computing-related qualification.
  • 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 be required to undertake an assessment to determine your suitability for the course. You'll be assessed on your problem solving skills and your ability to participate in group work.
  • 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). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


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 degree will understand 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. Completing your honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you access more senior roles in the sector.

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 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 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

Graduates can use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and postgraduate study is required. They include:

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

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,500 for the academic year 2020/21.

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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 2019/2020.

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

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

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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We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


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.

Modules

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

  • Undergraduate Project
  • Ethical Hacking and Digital Forensics
  • Operations Management
  • Network Management
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Written exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Adam Isherwood
Programme Leader

A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903075

Bren Tighe
Associate Teaching Professor

B.Tighe@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903556

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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