Network and Security Technologies - FdSc [Full Time]

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

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time



If you are interested in how the Internet works and what the latest communication technologies are, then this is the course for you. Whilst studying you will learn about how information is transferred securely, Voice over IP, video calling, mobile phone data and how they are all linked together. You will develop skills that enable you to build and configure small to enterprise networks, including network security and virtualisation.

The Network and Security Technology FdSc also embeds the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry qualifications. Whilst studying this course you are also encouraged to register as a member of the British Computer Society (BCS).

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Various

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will get to use our dedicated, self-contained lab. It has its own private internal network and contains some of the latest industry equipment and software. You'll have guest lectures and Q&A sessions with experts from industry.

Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your Network and Security Technology programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
This games technologies program will give you student membership of the BCS (British Computer Society), allowing you to participate in a full program of CPD and events here in Newcastle.

Who the course is for

This course is designed for Higher Education applicants wishing to enter ICT networking employment or progress to an Honours Degree programme.

This is a two year full-time course which will prepare you for the challenges and developments in the networking industry.

There is a significant demand for people who can design, develop, implement and manage networked environments, therefore the course has been developed in consultation with key ICT contacts throughout the region so you’ll get relevant, career-focused training in a good range of networking areas. Over the course of the degree, you will create a portfolio of projects that you can showcase to potential employers.

Qualification Gained
On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Network and Security Technologies by NCG.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Network and Security Technologies by NCG.

"I enjoy this course, it allowed me to progress my education to Degree level."

Yvonne Mitchem
FdSc Network and Security Technologies (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Junior Network Engineer - £20,000-£24,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Network Engineer - £28,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Network Engineer - £35,000-£45,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

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


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 1
LAN Server Administration and Virtualisation
This module will introduce you to the concepts of virtualisation and how it can support a growing server infrastructure, as well as building the skills required to setup and administer a windows active directory domain infrastructure.

Network and Computer Systems
This module introduces the learner to the concepts of networking and the protocols required for digital age communication, including the OSI 7 layer model and the TCP/IP model.

Network Security
Network security explores the dangers and threats that are posed when using computers and networks as well as exploring the ways these can be mitigated.

Routing Protocols and Concepts
This module builds upon the concepts of the networking and computer systems module by introducing routing and routing protocols, how to design and build a geographically separated network adding security.

Academic Study Skills
The aim of this module is to develop your academic skills to enable you to meet the requirements of study at HE and to develop the specialist study skills relevant to your programme of study and professional aspirations

Personal Development
In this module you will develop the skills to reflect on your own learning. You will be supported to plan your own career development and personal education required to have a successful career in your chosen sector.

Work Related Learning
The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for you to understand and reflect on practices and issue within the networking industry, identifying the knowledge and skills required to carry out work related projects and recognise areas of strength and weakness that will enable you to prepare an action plan for further development to support your career aspirations.

Year 2
Disaster Recovery Management
The aim of this module is to present you with the idea of business continuity and disaster recovery to ensure that the business can continue in the case of a disaster such as fire or cyber-attack.

LAN Switching and Wireless
LAN switching explores how to setup and program switches to ensure redundancy and security in a network design while the wireless explores the implementation of large scale wireless network into a network design.

WAN Server Administration and Virtualisation
This module builds upon the concepts from your first year but introduces you to WAN servers such as exchange and the setup and management of such WAN services.

WAN Technologies and Network Design
The aim of this module is to provide you with the technical skills to create WAN service networks such as frame relay and MPLS as well as investigate the top down network design principles.

Professional Development
The aim of this module is to provide a structured and supported process for you to review your employability and transferable skills and further options to study against the professional requirements for your chosen sector or industry.

Work Based Learning
The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of an appropriate work context and apply your knowledge and skills to a work place issue or problem which you have identified.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of different methods including:
•Written practical assignments
•Work-Based project
•Peer work
•Independent study.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including; essay writing; exam techniques; presentation skills; editing and web skills; research skills.

During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through one of our one-year BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-Up) degrees.
It may also be possible to secure employment / higher apprenticeship opportunities within a range of related industries.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have knowledge of Network and Security Technologies as a coherent discipline, together with a wide range of IT skills.
Newcastle College has an excellent reputation for the relevance of its courses and the success of its graduates. This course will provide excellent career opportunities for students wanting to work in this sector. Graduates from this course will be particularly well equipped to enter either the networking or security industries or one of the many fields in which skills are extensively used and developed. Typical career paths include: network engineer, technician, security analyst.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
• Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.