Cyber Security and Networking (Top Up) - BSc (Hons)

Cyber Security and Networking (Top Up) - BSc (Hons)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


We aim to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to operate immediately at a professional level in IT sectors of commerce and industry. A degree in Cyber Security and Networking will equip students with academic and practical skills, essential in today's economic climate that requires employees to have more than a specialised focus.

The course will enable students to develop secure network and communication systems, preparing them for playing their part in defence against cybercrime. 

All members of the course team have extensive industrial/commercial experience or long experience of teaching in higher education.


Duration 1 year Full Time or 18 months Part Time (on an infill basis)
Study mode Full Time or Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72270-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time or £3,625 Part Time (per academic year)

What you learn

The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking comprises 4 core modules and one optional module which is likely to include:

Core Modules:

  • Project: this is a double module - Students will be expected to and carry out an in depth critical analysis of a particular area of IT with a view to producing a thesis or a showcase.

  • Research Skills: this module will equip students with all the skills necessary to undertake a major project. It will develop knowledge and understanding of the use of appropriate research methods as well as selecting and applying appropriate research methods for an independent study.

  • Information Security Management: this module will give students the skills and knowledge necessary to develop policies and procedures in information security.  The module covers critical topics in security today, including cloud computing, mobile security, application development security, risk management and more
  • Virtualisation Technologies: will equip administrators with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to build and run a Virtualized environment. This module focuses on the installation, configuration, management and design of networks, hosts and virtual machines.

    Optional Modules:

  • Project Management: will use PRINCE2 which is a process based method for effective project management skills. This module will develop those sought after skills so much in demand in industry for Project Managers.  Reviewing a number of methodologies such as Prince2, Agile and Scum, which are used on a daily basis, the students will then be asked to work in Project Teams on a real project utilising one of the appropriate methodologies most suited to that project.  This has been received positively from students who develop much needed transferable skills whilst working on a live project.
  • Database Administration and Management: will provide students with a solid foundation in basic database administration.  Lecture topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices that will prepare you for a database administrative role.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will gain a nationally recognized and highly portable IT qualification, which will develop your specific subject knowledge, give you a range of new skills and build your self-confidence.

You may gain professional qualifications such as CISSP, VCP, Citrix Prince2 for appropriate modules together with your foundation degree.

How you will be assessed

Continuous assessment ensures that student progress is supported and facilitated through tutorials and personal tutor support.

Each module is assessed by an assessment which is broken down into tasks.

A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, reports, presentations and practical work.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area. Students on this course will be utilising industry standard teaching rooms.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is likely to be 55% average at Foundation Degree or a Merit profile in a relevant HND, together with a minimum of 2 GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or higher.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.

Additional admission requirements underpinning knowledge is required for any student who wishes to undertake the optional module of Database Administration of data analysis and SQL development.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate substantial relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.

There is an interview process involved which includes a written report to assess academic writing ability.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) though this is likely to be rare and Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning such as Professional Qualifications.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 8H24 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time Higher Education courses, please apply here

What's next

On successful completion of BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security and Networking at Leeds City College, you may choose to continue your studies at another university to a Master’s Degree.

You will be equipped as a highly qualified Cyber Security and Networking graduate who can apply for any number of appropriate graduate schemes and jobs within the Network and Security industry.

If you carry your studies further you may become eligible for membership of the British Computer Society, the professional body for IT specialists

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite