With computers keeping vast amounts of strategic data, and network security so vital for businesses of all sizes, this foundation degree in Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking will give you the qualifications and expertise to meet the high demand for network experts in small and medium sized enterprises.

Learn how to manage and protect data as a database administrator, how to use a computer’s technical abilities to meet business needs as a system analyst, and how to oversee network security effectively as a network administrator.

You’ll build your knowledge and understanding of public key infrastructures, access lists, firewalls, troubleshooting of individual logic devices and computer systems. Alongside these technical and specialist skills, you’ll develop awareness of business practices that will help you succeed as a valued employee in an organisation when you start or advance your career.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
August 2020
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development.

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.

You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.

Year 1: Fundamentals of Programming (30 credits)
Explore the fundamental concepts of computer programming, with the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by computer

Year 1: Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 credits)
Explore the ethos and concept behind open source, study the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux, and practice designing, implementing and managing a Linux based virtual networ

Year 1: Networking and Security Concepts (30 credits)
Build your knowledge and skills in network security, learning how to identify security threats, vulnerabilities, and help respond to and recover from security incidents. You’ll also design and build small secure networks across a range of applications using routers switching technol

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Focus on developing and re-enforcing your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, enhancing your overall knowledge and preparing you for existing or potential professional careers.

Year 2: Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures (30 credits)
Get the knowledge and skills required to understand the mechanics behind hacking attacks and develop appropriate countermeasures. Learn how to undertake security audit testing on computer networks and systems, and get an introduction to basic ethical hacking tools and how they would be used in a professional environment

Year 2: Firewall Technologies with Pentesting (30 credits)
Explore a series of challenges for firewall and security configurations and gain hands-on access to practical equipment with an introduction to Cross Platform Firewall technologies.

Year 2: Network Forensic Analysis & Investigation (30 credits)
Cover the investigation and legal aspects of computer forensics, and learn the skills required to investigate a variety of digitaldevices, e-crime, computer misuse and computer security breaches.

Year 2: Practice-based Research Project (30 credits)
Conduct your own small scale research project, with the research methods, knowledge and skills you’ve learnt.
Harper, A., Harris, S., Ness, J., Eagle, C., Lenkey, G. and Williams, T. (2011) Gray Hat Hacking.

Stallings, W. (2007) Network Security Essentials

Varsalone, J. and McFadden, M. (2012) Defence Against The Black Arts
You’ll be assessed using a range methods, including:

• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

Each module is structure is broken down as follows:
• Summative Assessment 25%
• Directed Study 30%
• Student-centred Learning 45%
With a national shortage of computer and network technology specialists, you’ll be sought after with this qualification and can follow a rewarding career as:

• Information security/risk/incident analysts or managers supporting the front line defence of networks, protecting information from unauthorised access and violations.

• Computer forensics analysts or investigators working in cybercrime, a growing phenomenon.

Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum. With a years' experience, you can command up to £35,000. After 5 years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs for a laptop are £300.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you may also wish to print other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

You will need to purchase digital storage device of at least 1TB at an approximate cost of £50.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.


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