Glyndwr University

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Security (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

This technology-infused course has been designed to respond to identified skills gaps in the IT industry. It includes a mix of technology, security and networking modules with many hands-on practical opportunities.

Today’s businesses demand the ability to have computer systems and networks, which operate on a global scale – so there is a high demand for people with the skills to make this happen.

Students will:

  • Develop critical skills and cutting edge thinking to gain the confidence to keep up with the fast pace of change in this field.
  • Develop technical knowledge of the installation, operation security, and maintenance of computer systems and networks used in business and industry.
  • Develop industry-critical key skills such as team working, communication and business skills.
  • Have opportunities to work on real-life projects.
  • Learn the fundamentals of data communications and how to apply this knowledge to manage, design, implement, configure and operate secure networks on a professional footing.
  • Learn how to identify a range of significant threats to network security and formulate and implement defence strategies.
  • Have the opportunity to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification whilst studying for their degree.

Entry Requirements

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

IELTS:

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Computing is essential to most careers these days, however, this course will specifically prepare you for a number of specific industry-related positions such as:

  • Network Manager
  • Network Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Other Computing-Related Profession

Course Details

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year provides students with the knowledge and confidence in the use of formula, data manipulation and representation. You will gain an understanding of the core hardware and software associated with the use of computer systems, as well as keeping up to date with current developments in technology. There will be numerous opportunities to work on practical activities such as robots, CAD design which will be further developed at degree level.

MODULES

  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Hardware & Software
  • The Skills You Need
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Development in Technology
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 contains essential fundamental material which is relevant in all of our computing programmes. You will learn both subject-specific skills along with transferable skills which will increase your employability prospects. 

With the support of your tutors, you will learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, techniques, design process and context of computer networks. You will also learn about hardware issues, including interfacing and data communications, and their impact on the overall design and performance of computer-based systems.

MODULES

  • Computer Systems
  • Managing Data
  • Problem Solving with Programming
  • Information and Systems Engineering
  • Web Design and Development
  • Fundamentals of Networks and Security

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Level 5 continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. You will enhance your computing and investigative skills by applying them in the laboratory and practical work to areas such as network design. You will also undertake a group project, incorporating a feasibility study, to design, produce and test a prototype of a network system or product. By the end of your second year, you will be able to demonstrate the fundamental interpersonal, organisational and study skills needed for undergraduate study and for lifelong learning in a career as a professional networking engineer.

MODULES

  • Server Technology
  • Networking: Scaling Networks
  • Network Protocols and Algorithms
  • Responsible Computing
  • Applied Programming
  • Group Project

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

Once you reach your final year, you will further develop your skills through taught modules and research, with a focus on the latest developments in your chosen discipline. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which will help prepare you for the kind of tasks and situations you may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will further develop your in-depth specialist knowledge, understanding and practical skills within key areas of the discipline, as applied to the development of networking systems and services using current and emerging technologies.

MODULES

  • IT Project Management
  • Network Security
  • Managing Networks and Systems
  • Future Technologies
  • Project
*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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