Course Details

  • Today's computers keep vast amounts of strategic data and keeping it secure is critical. Network security is vital for businesses of all sizes, government agencies, government services and religious organisations and individuals with personal data. With technology evolving almost daily, qualified security, network experts are in high demand, especially in small and medium sized enterprises.

    Network security jobs cover a wide range of subjects. Database administrators are responsible for managing and protecting data. Computer systems analysts use the computer's technical abilities to meet the needs of a particular type of industry or company. Network administrators and computer system administrators oversee network security as part of their jobs. Computer security specialists focus exclusively on computer security for a company.

    Students gain knowledge and understanding of public key infrastructures, access lists, firewalls, troubleshooting of individual logic devices and computer systems. In addition to the highly technical and specialist skills within the foundation degree, business awareness skills are also taught, at the request of employers involved in the design of the programme. This ensures that students are also aware of the importance of time management, teamwork, communication skills and how to be an effective member of staff within the organisation.

    The course is delivered over two years full-time or four years part time.

    Subjects covered include:
    • Professional and Academic Development
    • Networking and Security Concepts
    • Linux Fundamentals with Administration
    • Fundamentals of Programming
    • Practice-based Research Project
    • Ethical hacking and countermeasures
    • Firewall Technologies with Pentesting
    • Network Forensic Analysis and Investigation.

  • GCSEs at Grade C/Grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language and
    64 UCAS tariff points

    Students who 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 may also apply.

  • Assessment makes use of a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical assignments, time constrained tests, peer assessment and live industry briefs.

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, students may progress onto a third year and top up their FdSc to a BSc(Hons) within their own specialised field BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing (Top up) or BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT (Top up) at the Manchester College or progress to honours level awards at Manchester Metropolitan University. (Graduates may also progress into career pathways, such as database administration, network administration and computer systems analysis.

    Some job roles and their responsibilities are described below:

    Information security/risk/incident analysts or managers support the front line defence of networks, protecting information from unauthorised access and violations. They do this by analysing and assessing potential security risks, developing plans to deal with such incidents by putting measures in place such as firewalls and encryption, monitoring and auditing systems for abnormal activity, and executing corrective actions. Preparation of technical reports is also a requirement of the role.

    Computer forensics analysts or investigators work in cybercrime, a growing phenomenon. To try and combat it they work in private and public sector organisations, as well as the police and law and security enforcement agencies. Work is extremely varied and can include recovery of deleted files; analysing and interpreting data linked to crime; analysing mobile telephone records; and uncovering links between events, groups and individuals through pursuit of data trails. Specialists working in this type of role need to keep detailed records of their investigations and will often provide evidence in court.

    • Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
    • With a year's experience, you can command up to £35,000
    • After five years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.

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  • The fee (if applicable) for this two year, full-time foundation degree is currently £7,000.

    Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page, Fees, Funding and Finance to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

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