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FdSc Cyber Security


This programme recognises that security is a vital requirement of computer-based systems, and with the significant growth in the number of security related incidents and threats, the demand for skills in cyber security is growing rapidly. This new foundation degree will provide the theoretical and practical skills required for cyber security professionals, and will help to develop a strong foundation for those wishing to progress to a relevant top-up degree.


This programme incorporates industry standard qualifications within modules which aim to help prepare you for lifelong learning in the work place. You will benefit from our growing employer links as we offer meaningful guest speaker presentations. These sessions will be directly relevant to curriculum content, from organisations including Leighton Group; British Airways; NVIDIA and British Telecom. 

Additionally, you are invited to NCD IT which is a closed LinkedIn group with several hundred connections to employers and previous NCD IT students. This provides opportunities for students to communicate directly with high profile employers in the computing, IT and Telecoms industry. 
The integration of industry standard CISCO certification CCNA1, 2, 3, 4 and CCNA Security provides value for money to all students and provides real employability skills for the network management infrastructure security. 

The programme aims to meet the complex and organic needs of the computing and IT sector, by providing appropriately trained, qualified and skilled staff with the requisite knowledge, competence and understanding of cyber security threats and protective measures. Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking, coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to cyber security roles; network and digital communications; security case development and design good practice; security technology; employment and cryptography; risk assessment and Governance. 

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points: 48

Standard entry criteria: 

  • Ideally, you will hold four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent). If you do not hold these qualifications, you will be required to commit to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme.
  • International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band.
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via Skype).
  • You will hold 48 UCAS points or a combination of qualifications that show you can be successful on this programme.
  • You must provide a personal statement.
  • Your standard of academic writing will be assessed at induction.

Non-standard entry criteria: 

  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrates you can be successful on this programme.
  • A personal statement.
  • You will be required to attend an interview with two members of the curriculum team.
  • You will participate in induction activities to assess your standard of academic writing in English.
  • You will complete basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish your level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced).
  • If you do not hold the required qualifications in maths and English, you must commit to studying GCSE maths and English alongside the programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

What next after FdSc Cyber Security?

You could progress to a cyber security top-up degree, or gain employment in a cyber security role.

FdSc Cyber Security

Durham, UK
Level 4, Level 4, Level 5, Level 5, Level 5, College Higher Education, Alternative Courses/Degrees

Published on 10 Jul 2020

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