Course Code: IH1HE38 Cyber Security - Certificate of Higher Education Duration1 Year Day/s of weekThursday Time10:30 - 20:15 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 22 Jan 2024 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Apply now 17 Jan 2025 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Enquire now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryImprove your skills in cyber security with B&FC’s Certificate of Higher Education in Cyber Security. As cyber threats grow, the demand for skilled professionals in this domain has never been higher. Whether you're an established tech enthusiast or someone looking to pivot into this dynamic field, our course is tailored for you. This program not only equips you with the core skills to combat and understand emerging cyber threats but also seamlessly integrates business acumen, ensuring you're not just tech-savvy, but also business-smart. Navigate the interplay between technical security necessities and potential commercial requirements with ease. Our modules, are curated in-line with industry benchmarks, are both comprehensive and compelling: Cyber Security Architecture: Understand the backbone of digital defence structures. Threat Intelligence: Gain insights into potential risks and stay ahead of cyber adversaries. Legislation: Navigate the laws and regulations governing the digital realm. Security by Design: Learn the art of building systems with security at their core. Cyber Security Management: Master the strategies to oversee and streamline cyber defence mechanisms. Systems and Programming: Delve into the technicalities and intricacies of systems and their secure coding. Entry RequirementsTo enrol on this programme you should meet one or more of the following prerequisites: Education Background: A Level 3 qualification in Computing or a Digital-related discipline. A Levels or a relevant Access award with at least 96 UCAS points. A Pass in T levels, specifically in a Digital-related subject. Maths & English Requirements: GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics with a minimum grade of C/4. Alternatively, equivalent qualifications like Functional Skills at Level 2 are also accepted. Work Experience: If you have significant work experience in the cyber security sector and hold a Level 2 vocational qualification in cyber security (or similar), we will consider your application. Kindly note, such cases will be evaluated individually to ensure you receive the right advice and guidance upon application (or potential enrolment). Qualification ObtainedCertHE Cyber Security Industry Placement and Field TripsThere are no scheduled field trips, or work placements on this one-year programme. Learning and Teaching MethodsCyber Security Architecture: Dive into the fundamental frameworks and structures that form the foundation of robust digital defence systems. This module will equip you with the knowledge of how various components interplay to ensure a fortified environment against cyber threats, giving you a comprehensive understanding of modern cyber security infrastructures. Threat Intelligence: In an ever-evolving digital landscape, staying one step ahead of potential threats is crucial. This module provides an in-depth look into the world of cyber threat intelligence, teaching you how to gather, analyse, and interpret data to predict and counteract cyber adversaries effectively. Legislation: The cyber realm is not just about technology; it's also about the rules that govern it. Delve into the intricate web of laws, regulations, and standards that dictate how digital entities operate. Understand the implications, responsibilities, and rights associated with cyber activities, ensuring you're well-prepared to navigate the legal complexities of the digital age. Security by Design: It's not just about patching security holes; it's about creating systems that are secure from the ground up. Learn the principles and best practices of designing and implementing systems where security is an integral part, ensuring resilience and robustness against potential cyber threats. Cyber Security Management: Beyond just understanding threats, effective cyber security requires a strategic approach to managing defence mechanisms. This module delves into the strategies, processes, and leadership techniques required to oversee, optimize, and streamline cyber defence operations, ensuring that organizations remain protected while efficiently using resources. Systems and Programming: A hands-on exploration into the world of system architectures and coding. Understand the intricacies of how systems operate and the potential vulnerabilities they might harbour. Learn the art and science of writing secure code, ensuring that applications and systems are not just functional, but also safeguarded against potential cyber exploits. Each of these modules has been meticulously designed to offer a comprehensive view of the multifaceted world of cyber security, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to tackle real-world challenges in the domain. Expert Tutors Every course request should nominate a course tutor who is responsible for delivering the course and that the marketing team can use as a case study. Keith Whitehead (Programme Leader) / Kyle Cameron (Lecturer)* *Kyle is new to teaching and this might be a good opportunity for him to not just contribute to a programme but also to add to your bank of expert tutors. What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Cyber Security Architecture IH4MD077 20 No Threat Intelligence IH4MD078 20 No Legislation IH4MD079 20 No Security by Design IH4MD080 20 No Cyber Security Management IH4MD081 20 No Systems and Programming IH4MD082 20 No Assessment MethodsReports/Essays: These assessments require students to delve deep into specific topics, presenting detailed written analyses, arguments, or research findings in a structured format. Presentations: In presentations, students orally convey their knowledge or research on a topic, often using visual aids like slides to engage and inform their audience. Group Presentations: Here, teams of students collaborate to present on a topic. This not only assesses individual knowledge but also evaluates teamwork and collaborative skills. Practical Skills Assessments: These are hands-on evaluations where students demonstrate specific skills or competencies in real-time, often within a lab or practical setting. ePortfolio Development: Students compile an electronic portfolio, showcasing their skills, achievements, and reflections throughout their learning journey, often using multimedia elements. Written Examination: This traditional assessment method tests students' knowledge and understanding of course material through written responses to questions in a timed setting. Case Studies: Students analyse real or hypothetical situations to identify issues, solutions, and outcomes, demonstrating their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios. Comparative Studies: In these assessments, students evaluate and contrast two or more subjects, theories, or case studies, drawing conclusions from their differences and similarities. How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 47% 0% 0% Exam 5% 0% 0% Practical 0% 0% 0% Other Costs and Equipment NeededYou will not be required to purchase any additional equipment to undertake this programme as the college has resources available to students. However, there may be some opportunities that will not be a requirement of the programme but will be available to students at an additional cost. Tuition Fees Please visit our finance page for more information on tuition fees and available financial support. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institute: N/A Awarding Body: The University of Lancaster Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 288 0 0 Independent 912 0 0 Placement 0 0 0 Total 1200 0 0 Programme Specification Programme Spec Cyber Security.pdf Adobe PDF, 314.17 KB Career Options and ProgressionThe Certificate of Higher Education in Cyber Security is designed to equip students with the expertise and practical skills needed in today's digital landscape. Upon successful completion of the programme graduates will progress in a variety of different areas including: Career Pathways: Graduates can pursue roles such as Cyber Security Analyst, Network Security Specialist, Threat Intelligence Researcher, or Systems Security Administrator among others. The demand for cyber security professionals continues to grow, and this qualification places graduates for competitive places within the sector area. Advanced Studies: For those looking to further their academic journey, the certificate serves as a foundation for advanced degrees in Cyber Security or related disciplines. Certifications and Professional Development: Armed with the certificate, students are also well-prepared to undertake additional industry-recognised certifications like higher levels of Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNA Security, or CompTIA Security+, enhancing their expertise and marketability once they head into the sector. Diverse Industries: The skills learned are not confined to the tech industry. Graduates can find opportunities in finance, healthcare, retail, and any sector that relies on digital infrastructure, given the universal importance of cyber security. This course serves as a springboard, launching graduates into a realm of opportunities in the world of cyber security. Whether you are aiming for a specialised career, higher studies, or entrepreneurial ventures, the path starts here.