BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

 

The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (*Subject to validation) at The British College is a partnership with the University of the West of England.

Study one of our highest-ranking degrees for graduate employment and play an important role in helping organisations manage cyber-attacks and investigate digital evidence.

 

As a graduate, you'll be highly employable. Organisations often approach graduates, due to the skills shortage in this field. Most students are in employment within six months of graduating. Choose from a range of careers in the private or public sector. Opportunities include working for in-house forensics, e-discovery and security teams, legal practices or the police.

 

Highly skilled security professionals are in high demand. No organisation is immune to cybercrime, meaning that all need to make IT security a top priority. The first step is finding the most qualified professionals to lead the way.

 

Why study cybersecurity and digital forensics?

 

  • Cybercrime is on the increase and set to keep growing as technology becomes more widespread.
  • High-level security breaches have led government, public services and corporations to dedicate more resources to computer security.
  • Meanwhile, digital forensics is providing a wealth of material for law enforcement for the police and businesses.
  • This has led the UK government to highlight an urgent need for skilled graduates in forensic computing.
  • Cybersecurity professionals are responsible for protecting IT infrastructure, edge devices, networks, and data. 
  • More granularly, they are responsible for preventing data breaches and monitoring and reacting to attacks. 
  • The skills of programmer and systems or network administrators and in math and statistics are undoubtedly relevant to the role of an IT security professional, but equally as critical are the things that aren’t necessarily things that can be taught – critical thinking, curiosity, and a passion for learning and research. 

 

Career Path 

 

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

 

Facilities

 

  • Experiment and develop vital professional skills in our modern facilities.
  • Gather and evaluate forensic evidence using industry-recognized software such as EnCase and Autopsy in well-equipped computer labs.
  • Analyze viruses and attempt to hack systems in our dedicated isolation lab. Develop and test networks using our specialist networks labs.
  • Our mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional 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. We 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

 

** Subject to validation

 

 

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

 

After completion of the academic degree from The British College, BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics embarks your career position in the following roles:

  • 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 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 Data Science 15 credits Fundamentals of Programming 15 credits
Introduction to Programming 15 credits Mathematics for Computing 15 credits
Computer Fundamentals and Network 15 credits Internet Technologies 15 credits

 

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

 

Year One

  • Programming in C++
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Computer Crime and Digital Evidence.

 

Year Two

 

Core Module

  • Operating Systems
  • Security and Forensic Tools
  • Law, Experts and Justice
  • Secure Computer Networks.

 

Optional Module (Choose One)

  • Internet of Things
  • Secure Embedded Systems.

 

 

Year Three

 

Core Module

  • Security Management in Practice
  • Forensic Computing Practice.

 

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Information Systems Dissertation
  • Digital Systems Project.

 

Plus, three optional modules from:

  • Requirements Engineering
  • Advanced Databases
  • Cryptography
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Security Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Networks, Information and Society.

 

And one optional module from 

 

  • Ethical and Professional Issues
  • International Experience
  • Professional Development.

 

 

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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