Networking and Cyber Security - FdSc [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  GG4M

Overview

Are you interested in how computer networks work, and how they are kept safe from internal and external threats? This course will prepare you for the challenges present in the ever evolving world of computer security, as well as covering how to build computer networks to meet various industry requirements.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for Higher Education applicants wishing to focus specifically on networking and cyber security. On completion of this course you will be ready to enter employment within the Computing industry, or progress to a BSc (Hons) Top-Up course.

There is a significant demand for people who can design, develop, implement and manage networked environments, develop websites and software applications, design and develop database applications, and create interactive multimedia based applications. This course has been developed in consultation with key industry contacts throughout the region so you’ll get relevant, career-focussed training in a range of computing areas.

This is a two-year full-time course which will prepare you for the challenges and developments in the computing industry, or to continue your studies to a BSc (Hons) Top-Up course.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Computing by NCG.

 

How to Apply

Apply 

Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Course Content

Year 1:
• Academic Study Skills (10 credits)
o This module covers the academic study skillset you need to succeed on this programme and in further study.
• Personal Development (10 credits)
o Personal development equips you with the interpersonal skills needed for the working world.
• Work Related Learning (20 credits)
o Undertake and manage a technical project for an industry based scenario related to Software Development, Web Development or Networking.
• Network design fundamentals (20 credits)
o Creating your first network from scratch, including IP addressing and device configuration.
• Routing Protocols and Concepts (20 credits)
o A look at the routing protocols that govern the way that data travels across the internet.
• Fundamentals of security programming (20 Credits)
o Creating a programme that can be utilised in the securing of your network.
• Principles of ethical hacking and cyber security (20 Credits)
o A look at how to carry out an ethical hack on a computer network, and how to keep data secure.

Year 2:
• Professional Development (20 credits)
o Develop your professional skillset for the Computing industry.
• Work Related Learning (20 credits)
o Undertake and manage a real-world technical project for a client, developing an industry standard software application, website or network.
• LAN Switching and Server Administration (20 Credits)
o A look at the technologies involved in the creation of a local area network. Concluded with your own network build.
• Enterprise Network Design (20 Credits)
o A look at the technologies involved in the creation of a wider area network. Concluded with your own network build.
• Penetration Testing (20 credits)
o Carry out a penetration test on a computer system in order to identify any vulnerabilities.
• Advanced security programming (20 credits)
o Continuing from last year’s fundamentals, this module will see you creating a more advanced programme to aid in the securing of your network.
 

Learning Methods

Teaching and learning methods are widely varied including lectures, seminars, demonstrations and self-directed study. Assessment is carried out through written assignments, practical work, case studies, presentations and projects.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through a one year BSc (Hons) Top-Up degrees. Upon completion of this course it may also be possible to secure employment within the Computing industry.

Career Opportunities

This course will help you develop a variety of Computing skills that allow you to pursue a career as a cyber-security analyst, IT consultancy, software development, network specialist, IT training, or other industry related roles.

Entry Requirements

This course will help you develop a variety of Computing skills that allow you to pursue a career as a cyber-security analyst, IT consultancy, software development, network specialist, IT training, or other industry related roles.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

 

Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.