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Foundation Degree Cyber Security

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Cost £7,950 Full Time or £3,975 Part Time Exam Fee
When September 2021 Duration2 years Full Time or 4 years Part Time (on an infill basis)
LevelLevel 4 AttendanceFull/part
Female student in yellow jumper working on laptop

Modules may include

Year 1

  • Computer Networks
  • Web and App Development
  • Principles of Programming
  • Principles of Databases
  • Principles of Cyber Security
  • Professional Development

Year 2

  • Linux and Scripting
  • Computer Forensics
  • Employability Skills
  • Ethics and Ethical Hacking
  • Securing Networks
  • Project

You will be given the opportunity to work across a wide range of cyber security software platforms, learning to secure networks and operating systems. You will learn vital skills in detecting and preventing cyber attacks, ethical hacking and computer forensics, equipping you with all the knowledge you will need to be at the frontline of the fight against international cyber crime, ensuing systems and data is protected and safe from attack.

Today’s employers do not just expect their employees to have technical skills but also possess broader skills such as managing budgets, written and verbal communication, team working and problem solving skills. You will also develop as an individual, learning to appreciate the cyber security industry from an employer’s perspective, developing the skills employers are looking for, that will complement your technical skills. The aim of the course is to prepare you for employment and a long career in cyber security.

Finally, you will develop a broad range of skills that can be used across the digital technology sector that will provide you with the opportunity to work in a broad range of roles, such as Cyber Security Analyst, Security Consultant, Computer Network Administrator, Cyber Security Officer or a Cryptographer.

A typical offer is likely to consist of:

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject.

GCSE English (Desirable): English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths (Desirable): Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria

Mature applicants: Harrogate College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPLclaims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Interviews / audition:A successful interview may be required.

On completion of this foundation degree course you can progress on to our Top-up degree at Leeds City College. To gain a full BSc (Hons) degree from our foundation degree you would need to study for a further year. You could also choose to study for a BSc (Hons) at other institutions.

You could find employment in a broad range of roles, such as Cyber Security Analyst, security consultant, Computer Network administrator, Cyber Security Officer or a Cryptographer.


For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds website here.


Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997