Cyber Security - 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


Our Cyber Security program provides you with the knowledge and skills to secure and protect critical information systems to the high professional standards demanded by industry.

Any organisation that has a computer network or uses the Internet has a potential security risk and will need people with specialised skills to help protect their systems and data. This is where your skills are needed. The course combines theory and practice. It covers cyber security as well as computing hardware and networking.

You will study the different ways that computer software and hardware systems can be vulnerable to attack and gain practical skills in how to defeat malicious threats. This will form the basis for a career as a professional cyber security specialist who can work effectively to protect critical systems from being compromised by internal and external threats.

In your first year, you'll gain an introduction to computing skills and computer security. You'll also gain technical skills - in both computer networks and computer systems - that you'll build on in the following year.

You'll then develop technical skills in network security, penetration testing and ethical hacking as well as analysing behaviour and data and disaster recovery.

This course runs on the following dates:

If you would like to apply for this course starting in January 2018 you can complete the application form.

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

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 security equipment and software. You'll have guest lectures and Q&A sessions with experts from the police and industry.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree 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 cyber security 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.
During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Who the course is for

As technology increasingly dominates the way we experience our world, whether in gaming, communications or commerce, so the opportunities for and impact of cybercrime dramatically increase. People with talent and passion for cyber security are increasingly valued by government, police forces and businesses.

Qualification Gained

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

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
Behavioural Analytics & Data Security
This module was designed to develop the student’s knowledge in the practical and theoretical elements of data security with an emphasis on behavioural analytics and how a company can use this to ensure the security.

Fundamentals of Security Programming
This module is intended to develop the student’s knowledge and theoretical understanding of the Fundamentals of Programming to develop cyber security applications. Students will explore the fundamentals of programming and work with libraries in Python to produce an application that can report on the state of a client machine to help highlight security risks.

Networking and Computer Systems
This module was designed to develop the student’s knowledge in the practical and theoretical elements of networking and computer systems hardware.




Server Administration and Compliancy
This module is intended to develop the student’s practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of network virtualisation, server management and compliancy. Students will work with current server and virtualisation technology with a heavy focus on industry recognised compliancy standards such as ISO27000 and PCI DSS.

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 software engineering 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 Planning
The module will look to fully equip learners with relevant and up to date teaching practice in the study of disaster recovery planning and security concepts to ensure business continuity.

Further Networking
This module was designed to further develop the student’s knowledge in the practical and theoretical elements of networking and network protocols.

Cyber Security Programming
This module is intended to develop the student’s practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of cyber security programming. Students will develop skills in network programming to help them create a client/server application suite to report health of clients on a corporate network.

System and Server Investigation
This module was designed to develop the student’s knowledge in the practical and theoretical elements of investigating computers to ensure their security and resistance to attack.


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 & web skills and research skills.

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

There are opportunities in security and digital forensics with commercial companies and law enforcement agencies (eg police, military and government intelligence agencies, and private security and consulting companies).

You could work as penetration testers (finds security vulnerabilities in target systems, networks, and applications to help enterprises improve their security), forensic analysts (recovers and examines data from computers and other electronic storage devices to be used as evidence in prosecutions), incident responders (reviewing services and information at risk to contain and eradicate threat agents by providing service recovery guidance).

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

They are no additional course cost requirements to successfully complete, however we would recommend that you purchase an external hard drive for storage.

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.