BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

 

The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics* programme at The British College is being run in partnership with the University of the West of England and is one of our highest-ranking degrees for graduate employment.

 

This exciting course gives you the opportunity to play an important role in helping businesses to manage cyber-attacks and investigate digital evidence. No organisation is immune to cybercrime, and so IT security has become a top priority and highly skilled security professionals are in high demand. 

 

Furthermore, there is currently a skills shortage within the field, meaning organisations often approach students from this course, and most are in employment within six months of graduating. 

 

Once you have graduated you will be qualified to enter into a range of careers in the private or public sector, in a variety of roles including working for in-house forensics, e-discovery, security teams, legal practices, and the police force. 

 

Why study cybersecurity and digital forensics?

 

  • Cybercrime is on the rise and set to keep increasing as technology becomes more widespread.
  • High-level security breaches have led to governments, public services, and corporations dedicating more resources to computer security.
  • Digital forensics provides a wealth of material for law enforcement, leading to the UK government highlighting an urgent need for skilled graduates within forensic computing.
  • Cybersecurity professionals are responsible for protecting IT infrastructure, edge devices, networks, and data - and further preventing data breaches by monitoring and reacting to attacks. 
  • As you are trained throughout the course you will acquire skills in maths, statistics, research and critical thinking, to prepare you for roles as programmers, systems or network administrators, and IT security professionals.  
  • Our mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to gain essential knowledge and real-world skills, to prepare you for your future career.

 

Accredited Body

 

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council* and the British Computer Society.

 

*The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. They hold the national registers of over 222,000 Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTech).

 

Awarded by:

 

The University of the West of England

 

Associate Dean:

 

Arun Joshi

 

Programme Leader:

 

Rohit Pandey

 

 

  

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Key Facts 

  • UK standard teaching rooms (See 3D Tour)
  • State-of-the-art computer labs (Open access Computer lab, Computer forensic & security lab)
  • Highly qualified teachers and engineers
  • Modern library with access to international course books, journals and other printed material
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • A subscription to Microsoft's Developer Network (MSDN)
  • Access to career counselling and employers through work visits, seminars and other activities.
  • Opportunities to gain professional and leadership skills.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
  • Gymnasium

 

Career Path 

 

  • Choose from careers in either the government or the public or private sector.
  • Roles can be within forensics and security teams, legal practices, or the police and related organisations.

 

After completing the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at The British College, you will be qualified to embark on a range of careers, including:

 

  • Cryptographer
  • Information Security Officer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Architect
  • Incident Responder
  • Security Auditor
  • Vulnerability Assessor

Entry Requirements

 

Foundation Entry

  • 10+2/CBSE or equivalent 55% and above aggregate score
  • A Level - Minimum 3.5 credits with 3 full credits


University Entry

  • Overall 75% & above with a minimum of 70% in English (or an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

TBC Foundation Programme (Year 0/L3)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Academic English & Effective Communication 15 credits Academic English and Effective Communication 15 credits
Fundamentals of Cyber Security 15 credits Introduction to Forensics 15 credits
Introduction to Programming 15 credits Mathematics for Computing 15 credits
Fundamentals of Network & Security 15 credits Fundamentals of Embedded Systems and IoT 15 credits

 

Level 4: TBC - UWE Pathway Programme (Year 1/L4)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Computer and Network Systems 30 credits Introduction to Databases 30 credits
Computer Crime and Digital Evidence 30 credits Programming in C++ 30 credits

 

Level 5: TBC - UWE Programme (Year 2/L5)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Law, Experts and Justice 30 credits Secure Computer Networks 30 credits
Operating Systems 15 credits Security and Forensic Tools 30 credits
Internet of Things (Optional) 15 credits    
Secured Embedded Systems (Optional) 15 credits    

 

Level 6: TBC - UWE Programme (Year 3/L6)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Forensic Computing Practice 15 credits Cryptography 15 credits
Security Management in Practice 15 credits Entrepreneurial Skills 15 credits
Security Data Analytics and Visualisations 15 credits  Digital System Project (Optional)  30 credits
Professional Development  15 credits  Information System Dissertation (Optional)  30 credits

Note: Academic English and Effective Communication is a double credit module that will be studied in both semesters.

 

Learning Activities and Assessment Method

Approximate percentage of time students spend in different learning activities*:

 

Year 

Scheduled learning and Teaching Study 

Independent Study

Placement Study

1

31%

69%

0%

2

25%

75%

0%

3

17%

83%

0%

 

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*

 

Year 

Written Exam 

Coursework Assessment

Practical Assessment

1

12%

58%

30%

2

28%

59%

13%

3

36%

49%

15%

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