With computer security breaches and hacking incidents hitting the headlines on a regular basis, there is an urgent demand for highly skilled professionals who can deliver effective solutions. We offer a foundation year as part of this degree to put you on the path to a career in this increasingly important field.
The Computer Networks and Security (Hons) BSc is invaluable if you have the ability and ambition to study with us but lack the entry requirements to join the full honours degree right now. It is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
By starting your journey at foundation level, you will gain a solid introduction to subjects such as programming fundamentals and computational mathematics. At the same time, you will develop general scholarship skills in areas which are important for technologists. From day one you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.
This BSc (Hons) degree prepares you to become a successful network or security specialist. You will develop the technical skills to specify and build the physical infrastructure and the software development skills to make sure that solutions are robust and secure.
We focus on switching, routing and wide-area networks, wired and wireless networks, Cisco and Microsoft networks. We also deepen your understanding of security issues and develop your ability to critically analyse and evaluate responses to security-related problems.
There is a high demand for skills in developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks, as well as the engineering side of network protocol development and research.
The comprehensive training you receive through this degree equips you with wide-ranging skills which are relevant to a broad spectrum of careers in the computing field such as security, networks and computer systems management. You will also gain management abilities so that you can lead network consultancy projects in your future career.
You need the following IELTS score:
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