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    Computer Science (Networking and Cyber Security)

    Computer Science (Networking and Cyber Security) | Level 3 | P12451

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2023



    1 or 2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This course is for anyone wanting to learn the skills needed to be ready to fill the job roles of the up-coming evolutions in computers and the internet. It covers a range of areas, including Hardware and Networking infrastructures, Operating Systems, Cyber Security and the urgent need for professionals in these areas in the near future. 

      This is a two-year study programme, which is equivalent to two A Levels. You will either be entered onto the two course (19+ at enrolment), or two one year courses, which you will gain a qualification from each year. Both programme years will accrue UCAS points, should you choose a route of progression to a UK university, or apprenticeship. You will also have the option of gaining additional industry recognised qualifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Apple and alike. You will gain a theoretical understanding of IT networking (both Hardware and Software) and Cyber Security practices and develop practical skills using our custom designed and built, fully independent network. 

      You will study how computers and devices communicate, how networks are built and maintained and how to identify and investigate threats and vulnerabilities to computer systems using problem-solving skills to resolve many of these issues. This will give you an understanding of what would be expected in the workplace, along with the industry’s codes and practices related to client confidentiality, ethical hacking and cyber security. 

      This includes penetration testing and how to defend against and knowledge of different types of cyber-attacks executed on the internet. You will use a custom-built local network to practice these techniques and have access to the custom hacking simulation developed within BSDC called ‘War Games’, which aids in learning how hacking is done, and how to detect it over a network and respond. You will study to become a Cyber Security and IT Infrastructure Technician and have access to Cisco Cyber Security and networking interactive training resources which will enable you to stretch your skills to an advanced level.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      Age: 16-18




      Examination & Registration


      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE maths or English

      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in maths or English

      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in maths or English

    • What modules will I study?
      • Computer Networks
      • Computer Systems Hardware
      • Computer Systems Software
      • Cybersecurity
      • Developing a Smarter Planet
      • Fundamentals of IT
      • Global Information
      • IT Technical Support
      • Mobile Technology
      • Project Development
      • Project Management
    • How will I be assessed?

      Exams over the two years and assignment work

    • What can I do next?

      After completing this course, you would be able to find work as an IT technician, or progress to either higher education or onto an apprenticeship in the IT industry.

      This course allows access to diverse fields, such as a Systems Analyst, Networking Infrastructure Technician, Maintenance Engineer of IT systems and even Cyber Security Specialist. Each of these occupations are seeing a surge in recruitment, as the world becomes ever more dependent on computers and the internet. 

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. Work experience is a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    Apply now!

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