Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year, you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high-end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Computer Network Security BSc Honours over a further three years study.

Security is a vital aspect of any networked system, especially as the dependency on network infrastructures has grown over the past few decades. This course builds on more than ten years of experience in education in network design and support, and its aim is to produce network engineers with a strong background in security.

The course focuses on three main aspects – communication, network design and implementation, and security. You'll develop the knowledge and technical expertise to be able to take on specific responsibility within a network team or as a team leader for the security aspects of that network, particularly in industries such as banking, where security is crucial.

Our graduates have gone on to work in the banking sector, as well as organisations such as BT, HP, Cisco, Dell, Google Enterprise, Huawei Technologies and Quinix, as well as smaller private companies.

The programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

You'll study the fundamental principles of computing and network engineering, and develop the connection between these and a broad range of network systems, with special emphasis on the optimisation of converged networks. You'll also be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching network engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.

The course offers a short-term, work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your new knowledge and skills to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you to gain work experience and enhance your employability after you graduate. You'll be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team. Typically, you'll be assigned to roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Top reasons to study with us

  • Develop the skills you'll need – learn application-oriented networking skills and know-how
  • Gain industry insider knowledge – benefit from expert-led workshops that will help you develop in-demand skills
  • Explore our exciting location - our course is based right in the heart of London, one of the world's technology hubs

Course structure

The range of teaching methods may include lectures, seminar sessions, projects (group and individual), laboratories and computer-aided engineering, problem sheets, investigations and design, and online learning.

Assessment methods used on the course are varied and may include in-class tests, group work, laboratories, viva-voce exams, written reports, presentations and posters, computer-based quizzes and exercises, design and implementation of hardware and software, analysis, testing and modification of existing hardware or software, and formal exams.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics 
  • Communication Principles
  • Computer Organisation & Digital Systems 
  • Introduction to Networks 
  • Programming Methodology 

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Cryptography 
  • Business Analytics
  • Database Systems 
  • Network Simulation 
  • Network Software Engineering 
  • Network Technologies 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Professional Engineering Practice 
  • Threats & Countermeasures 

Credit Level 5

This course gives you the opportunity to take part in a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned to roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied AI
  • Applied Distributed System Programming 
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Networks 
  • Individual Project 
  • Internet-of-Things 
  • Operating Systems & Drivers 
  • Secure System Design 
  • Security Implementation & Testing 

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

Our course is intended to fulfil the requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS), which means it complies with rigorous academic and professional standards as set out by the BCS. It also allows graduates to gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our graduates are versatile engineers who are equipped with the skills to design, support, problem-solve and maintain network systems of high quality and reliability, as well as apply current technologies in network security.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Successful alumni

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including BT, Google Enterprise and Huawei Technologies.

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Work experience

You'll have the option to take part in a work placement for a year, developing real-life experience before you graduate and improving your employability.

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Industry knowledge

We have strong links to industry, and alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

Industry links

You will be taught by lecturers and practitioners with years of experience and strong industry links. Alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

Industry experts support our final year projects, advising, mentoring and challenging students to produce their best work.

We have links with a number of companies in the industry and have previously worked with organisations including

  • BBC
  • Broadcom
  • Cisco
  • Edwards and Siemens
  • GE
  • IBM UK Ltd.
  • Intel
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Schneider Electric
  • SmarDTV
  • TfL

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

The course provides an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience which will serve as a solid foundation for a professional engineering career leading to registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a partial Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Job roles

Graduates of this degree typically work with networked communication systems as network designers, network managers or network engineers, in charge of setting up, developing, managing and maintaining secure networks.

With an industry-wide shortage, high-quality computer network security graduates are enjoying a choice of job opportunities with good salaries.

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Computer network engineers – responsible for any component of a computer network, including local and wide area networks, as well as servers, routers, switches and computers
  • Network designers – responsible for the design, operation, installation and maintenance of current and future state-of-the-art computer networks with associated security concerns
  • Network security engineers – responsible for dealing with security issues, such as viruses or hardware malfunctions, testing systems for vulnerabilities in hardware and software, maintaining virtual private networks, firewalls, email security and web protocols, and security and programs

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including

  • BT
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Google Enterprise
  • Huawei Technologies

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

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It is not the strongest that survives nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Katerina Christofylaki-Fines

Senior Lecturer

Katerina has significant teaching experience in the areas of wireless communications systems and networks, programming, numerical methods and maths.

She has been involved in many industrial projects, such as advanced satellite techniques for airborne communications, software radio and expert systems.

As course leader, she is active with student teaching and learning, supporting student engagement and participation, and promoting employability and partnerships with industry and professional bodies.

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Noam Weingarten

Senior Lecturer

Noam Weingarten is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Westminster. Noam is the Course Leader of the Foundation Level of all courses offered by the School, and teaches several modules. 

He has been working at the University of Westminster since 2002 and is highly experienced at catering for the foundation level.

His research interests include cloud computing and the applications of such computing power such as bioinformatics.

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Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Why study this course?

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Expert-led classes

We regularly welcome industry professionals to give lectures and run workshops that will help you develop in-demand, industry-level skills.

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Complete professional qualifications

The programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

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Work-based learning

You'll have the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, normally set by an external organisation, as part of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C - IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring.

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

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