Course Overview

Our innovative course combines the study of secure networked systems, infrastructure and associated services and therefore aims to provide you not only with a core set of technical skills, but the knowledge of technology to best utilise them. We also aim to prepare you for the competitive computing industry by training you in a range of vendors, which is increasingly sought after in the sector.
In your final year, you will have the freedom to specialise in a preferred area of study, which your Final Year Project will be based around. We also place particular emphasis on employment in the field, and your accumulative body of work will be brought together to form a portfolio to showcase to potential employers. Our degree course is an opportunity for you to develop knowledge and skills necessary to address Industry challenges and meet the demand.
We have a three-year programme for those who meet the UCAS points. This can be studied on a full time basis (three years) or on a part-time basis (six years). 
We also have a four-year programme which includes a foundation year for those who may not have achieved the required UCAS points. This can be studied on a full time basis only.
If you only need to study the Top-up level, this can be studied on a one year full time basis or a two year part time basis. 
Why choose this course? 
Today’s businesses demand the ability to have computer systems and networks, which operate on a global scale. You’ll learn from a well-rounded curriculum in computer network infrastructure, programming, server systems, security theory and practice, as well as management-level skills, maximizing your career potential.
Students will:
  • learn within a practical lab environment 
  • 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
  • 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 gain additional accreditation from Cisco, CompTIA and AWS.
  • have opportunities to work on real-life projects

* PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.

Course Structure

Foundation Year modules will include (entry with 48 UCAS points – 4-year programme): 
  • Computers in Society 
  • Skills for IT
  • Problem Solving 
  • Information System 
  • Digital Security 
  • Design and Modelling 
Year 1 (Level 4) modules will include (entry with 80 UCAS points – 3-year programme):
  • Automated Security Fundamentals 
  • Introduction to Academic Skills
  • End Point Management 
  • Coding and API Principles
  • Introduction to Network Environments
  • Introduction to Server Management 
Year 2 (Level 5) modules will include:
  • Helpdesk Management 
  • System Administration and Operation 
  • Network Performance Monitoring 
  • Routing and Switching Environments
  • Core Security Implementation and Management
  • Cloud Concepts (AWS)
Year 3 (Level 6) modules will include:
  • Scaling Networks for the Enterprise 
  • Network Vulnerability Management
  • Cloud Solutions (AWS)
  • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates
  • Final Year Project

Learning Methods

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.
Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

Teaching Methods

Concepts and theories that are presented through lectures are then explored and developed during tutor led tutorials and student led seminars. Case studies and interactive Workshops are also implemented to aid learning, and there is a strong focus on Personal Development Planning, which aims to prepare you for employment and consider ethical, social and legal issues which can face the computer professional.
An annual literacy and numeracy test is also given, so that you can be offered learner specific support if needed.


Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

Additional Costs

There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies – but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

Entry Requirements

For the 3-year degree, 80 UCAS tariff points with GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent.
For the 4-year degree, 48 UCAS tariff points with GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, are desirable.
For part-time entry, 80 UCAS tariff points with GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent. 
This course can be studied as a Top-up (Level 6 only). Please contact the course team for more information.  
For UCAS tariff points grade combinations click:
Applications are welcomed and encouraged from those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level.
Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience.
For further information please contact:[email protected]

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification