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BSC (HONS) CYBER SECURITY (DIPLOMA LEVEL 4 & 5 + TOP-UP DEGREE)

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (Diploma Level 4 & 5 + Top-up Degree)
Course Code LSBE/UND/CYS/TOP-UP/ARU
Duration 36 months
Level Undergraduate Level
Pedagogy Blended | On Campus | Online
In recent years, cyber security has become a top priority for governments, banks, and other organisations around the world. Never before has the world been so vulnerable to cyber attacks. Most countries and organisations are increasing their cyber protection budgets for more security and protection. There is an increasing demand for skilled cyber security professionals with expertise and skills. Despite the advanced development of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, we still need talented graduates for tackling cyber crimes.

The qualification has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. The first two stages including an Undergraduate Level 4/5 Diploma in Cyber Security is a 240 credit course designed to progress to the third stage final year of an Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Cyber Security, which can be studied on campus at different UK universities, depending on your choice and location. If students decide to only study at level 4 qualification, then they will only receive 120 credits and can get an exemption from year 1 of a UK undergraduate degree.
Course Code: LSBE/UND/CYS/DCYS-04 
Credit Hours: 120 
Awarded by: QUALIFI 
Duration: 06-12 Months 
Tuition Fees (Online): £1500 
Tuition Fee (Blended Leaning): £2000 
Instalment Option Available: Yes 
Mode of Study: Online/ Blended Learning
Assessment Method: Research Based Assignments 

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Cyber Security Threat and Risk
  • Network Security and Data Communications
  • Database Security and Computer Programming 
  • Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics 
  • Security Strategy: Laws, Policies and Implementation

OPTIONAL MODULES

  • Cyber Wars
  • Cyber Security Threats and Risk: Banking and Finance
Course Code: LSBE/UND/CYS/DCYS-05 
Credit Hours: 120 
Awarded by: QUALIFI 
Duration: 06-12 Months 
Tuition Fees (Online): £1500 
Tuition Fee (Blended Leaning): £2000 
Instalment Option Available: Yes 
Mode of Study: Online/ Blended Learning
Assessment Method: Research Based Assignments 

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Cryptography
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Digital Investigations and Forensics
  • Communications and Incident Management
Course Code: LSBE/UND/CYS/TOP-UP
Credit Hours: 120  
Duration: 09-24 Months 
Tuition Fees (UK): £9,250
Tuition Fees (International): £13,250 - £17,000
Mode of Study: On Campus (Classroom-based Learning)
Assessment Method: Assignments / Exams / Presentations / Case Studies / Coursework / Lab Tests/ Group Work 

In the field of Cyber Security, there is currently a clear national skills gap, which means there is a high demand for those who can demonstrate technical skills, have professional aptitudes, and can address global cyber threats and attacks. You can study the final year top-up degree BSc (Hons) Cyber Security at the following UK universities if you already hold a Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma in Cyber Security. Admissions are subject to interviews and university entry requirements.

LIST OF UK UNIVERSITIES

  • Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge Campus)
  • University of West London
  • Kingston University
  • University of Roehampton
In recent years, the market for cybersecurity jobs has seen an increase in competition for qualified candidates. According to the most recent estimates, there is a global shortage of around 3 million cybersecurity qualified professionals. Despite the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, we still need talented professionals for tackling cybercrimes. Generally, it is often assumed that cyber security job roles will be extremely technical – but this is not always the case. This can be a fantastic and extremely rewarding career choice offering candidates across a range of backgrounds and skillsets the chance to succeed. If you have been considering to study this undergraduate course BSc (Hons) Cyber Security then you should know about the following job roles.

01. Penetration Tester 
Penetration testers (often referred to as pen testers) are security professionals who help to identify and address security issues in organisations’ networks. This role requires a range of skills across information technology sector, including an understanding of networking, system administration, and software development. 
Salary Expectation: Someone starting as a beginner penetration tester can expect a salary of around £25,000/year. A registered professional Pen Tester with significant experience would expect to earn in the region of £55,000/Year, while a team leader could look at a salary in excess of £90,000/year. Many penetration testers work as a self-emplyed contractors and earn around £400-500 per day. 

02. Security Developer 
Cybersecurity is a key consideration during the development process, and to ensure that this is the case, many organisations are employing dedicated Security Developers. In this role, individuals are typically responsible for helping to define detailed documentation and evolve in the security strategy for the applications that the business providers.
Salary Expectation: The salary range can be enormously depending on the role, but an experienced Security Developer could expect to earn around £70,000/year.

03. Security Risk Analyst 
Security Risk Analyst professionals are responsible for helping organisations to manage their information security risks and ensure controls are accurately assessed. They are typically involved in understanding which threats could have the largest impact on a business. They will advise boards in non-technical language on how they should spend budgets mitigating these risks.
Salary Expectation: An average salary of a Security Risk Analyst is around £35,000/year.

04. Cyber Security Analyst 
Cyber Security Analysts (CSAs) have an important role to play in helping to protect organisations against cyber threats. They use a wide range of logical techniques and relevant technologies in order to detect, prevent and manage threats against systems. The key responsibilities of a CSA typically include monitoring networks for breaches and other types of attack, as well as investigating software generated security alerts and responding to incidents. 
Salary Expectation: typically starting salary of a CSAs  will be between £25,000 and £35,000 – more experienced analysts could expect to earn up to £50,000/year.

05. Network Security Engineer
A Network Security Engineer is responsible for running and maintaining security systems of an organisation. The key requirements of the role include configuration, deployment, and optimisation of firewalls as well as managing network monitoring tools such as SIEM, intrusion detection, and endpoint detection and response platforms. An engineer will also oversee router, switch, and virtual private network (VPN) maintenance.
Salary Expectation: The average salary for a Network Security Engineer is around £45,000/year.


Applicant must possess the following for entry into Level 4 or 5 Diploma in Cyber Security; 

  1. The applicant must be 18 years or older at the start of the course. 
  2. Must have achieved a recognised UK or overseas qualification (equivalent)
  3. Must have completed 12 years of education. If completed 10 years of education then at least demonstrate a Level 3 qualification with minimum 'C' or 'Pass' grades in Mathematics and English. Provide relevant Local Board of Examination results from the home country, which must include at least 'C' Grade in English and 4 other subjects. 
  4. Mock Examination Result can also be accepted for initial Conditional Admission, pending the release of the Board of Examination Result. (This will be assessed on a case by case basis) 
  5. Mature Learners (21 years or older) with work experience in management or supervisory roles. (This will also be assessed on a case by case basis). 

Applicants will also be required to complete the following:
  1. Provide a CV and Personal Statement 
  2. Provide a copy of original qualification certificates and proof of ID, e.g. Passport 
  3. Applicants will also be invited to attend an online interview

English Language Requirements 
If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country then s/he must provide evidence of English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5. We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course. If a learner doesn't meet the English language requirements then s/he can achieve the required level by successfully completing a pre-sessional English course before starting the main course. 

To complete the course, students should have access to: 
  1. a laptop or Desktop PC with relevant online learning third-party Softwares, e.g. Zoom 
  2. a webcam and headphones 
  3. internet speeds with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps (up/down), with a recommended speed of 1.5 Mbps (up/down)