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Computing HNC (Security)

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What will I do?

The HNC Computing course is a higher-level course that concentrates on developing the skills to succeed in industry and prepares you for work in the digital sector. Higher Nationals are well-recognised qualifications that show you are working to university-level standard.

A HNC is the equivalent to the first year of a degree programme (Level 4). Completion of the HNC Computing course could lead to the HND course (Level 5).

Students studying the HNC in Computing will focus on the core knowledge, skills and attitudes for a career in Security:

  • <SPAN> of technical abilities for a lifelong career in the digital sector
  • Working with employer partners on real-life and live project briefs
  • Opportunities to complete an industry work placement with an employer partner

What are the core units?

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Security

It is one of the most important challenges modern organisations face – the
need to protect assets from attack through preventions techniques and effective responses.

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Programming
The ability to program is what sets apart a developer and an end user. The
core concepts of programming represent both data and processes.

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Analytics
Data is everywhere in the world. Without knowing how to interpret this data
it would be difficult to understand its meaning or make use of it to increase productivity.

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Networking

Being knowledgeable about the underlying principles of networking is of
vital importance to all IT professionals.

To ensure you are prepared for entering the industry, you will join BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and CIIS Chartered Institute of Information Security as a student member and complete the following accreditations:

*additional exam costs apply.

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What's next?

Once you’ve completed the HNC, you will be able to further your learning by moving on to study HND Computing, progress onto study at university or onto employment.

Graduates on successful completion of the programme would be able to demonstrate sound knowledge of the core concepts in computing and be prepared with the fundamental knowledge and core skills needed to prepare for a job in cyber security. You will be able to communicate accurately and have the qualities needed for employment. You will also have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies.

For those looking to continue their HE studies, top-up degree providers across the UK include:
The Open University, University of Hertfordshire, University of Derby, Northumbria University, London South Bank University, University of Wolverhampton, Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Manchester College, University of Surrey, University of Portsmouth, Birmingham City University.

 

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Is it for me?

This course is ideal for those looking to scope out your career in the industry in a Security specialist role.

Job roles linked to this course include: Security Specialist, Forensic Computer Analyst, IT Security Coordinator, Ethical Hacker, Fraud Analyst, Cyber Intrusion Analyst, Cyber Security Technologist.

Responsibilities: Having new technology in place, a more spread out employee base, and access to more data than ever before means that companies have to be more proactive in protecting their company data, employee devices, networks, and other cyber resources. Companies need dedicated employees who are qualified to handle the technology and mitigate the risk. Cyber security specialists are usually responsible for:

• Granting VPN access to remote workers
• Monitoring for malware
• Diagnosing data vulnerability
• Making recommendations for hardware and software to enhance security
• Regulating use of data, only allowing access of certain files to certain employees
• Designing firewalls
• Running data usage reports
• Training staff on current security issues
• Helping HR train other departments on safely handling data

Did you know?
• In 2014, there were 1 million unfilled cyber security jobs globally. This is expected to grow to 3.5 million by 2021 (Juniper Networks 2018)
• The average Cyber Security Engineer salary in the UK is £40,107 (PayScale 2019)

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COURSE INFORMATION

  • Start Date 07/09/2020
  • Day Monday to Friday
  • Start/End Time 09:00 / 17:00
  • Course Ref A647-1/1
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ 6000.00 Per Year

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

IoT students will experience…

[1] Project based learning: You will manage projects from beginning to end, solving employer-generated problems and maximising higher skills.

[2] Active partnerships with employers: You will form working relationships with peers, staff, partner employers and the wider community. You will learn how to recognise and act on opportunities and to initiate, organise and manage ventures.

[3] Confidence to learn, forget and relearn – as you would in industry: You will be treated as a unique investor in your working future rather than individuals accessing courses.

[4] Real research and development: You will undertake detailed research, enquiry, writing and analysis and communicate results effectively.

Employer Partner: Cranfield University
Project: Role of a Research Assistant
Curriculum Link(s): Security, Professional Practice and Managing a Successful Project
Overview: Cranfield’s Centre for Electronic Warfare Information and Cyber is a world-leading centre on a diverse range of specialities in electronic and digital attack protection. Opportunities are available for students to be mentored and/or coached by current Masters and Doctoral researchers, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the industry and the value in contributing research to the sector.

Our security pathway gives students the opportunity to further explore:
• How security is protecting organisational assets, including personnel, data, equipment and networks from attack through the use of prevention techniques in the form of vulnerability testing/security policies and detection techniques, exposing breaches in security and implementing effective responses. Students will examine security measures involving access authorisation, regulation of use, implementing contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.

All of our programmes are assessed with a mix of controlled assessments and assignment/coursework. Projects completed as part of the course(s) are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects. Students are expected to complete an extended work experience placement to give them the best opportunity for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships and/or full-time employment.

At Level 4/5 entry, total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 15 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week independent self-study during term time. Additional time is allocated for work experience and/or industry placement.

This course can be studied both full-time in one-year and part-time in two-years.

At Level 4/5 entry, students are expected to have achieved at least 32-48 UCAS points in computing, information technology or similar discipline – e.g. C grade at A-Level, MP grade at BTEC/OCR/UAL Level 3, Pass at Access – or relevant industry experience considered.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

IoT students will experience…

[1] Project based learning: You will manage projects from beginning to end, solving employer-generated problems and maximising higher skills.

[2] Active partnerships with employers: You will form working relationships with peers, staff, partner employers and the wider community. You will learn how to recognise and act on opportunities and to initiate, organise and manage ventures.

[3] Confidence to learn, forget and relearn – as you would in industry: You will be treated as a unique investor in your working future rather than individuals accessing courses.

[4] Real research and development: You will undertake detailed research, enquiry, writing and analysis and communicate results effectively.

Employer Partner: Cranfield University
Project: Role of a Research Assistant
Curriculum Link(s): Security, Professional Practice and Managing a Successful Project
Overview: Cranfield’s Centre for Electronic Warfare Information and Cyber is a world-leading centre on a diverse range of specialities in electronic and digital attack protection. Opportunities are available for students to be mentored and/or coached by current Masters and Doctoral researchers, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the industry and the value in contributing research to the sector.

Our security pathway gives students the opportunity to further explore:
• How security is protecting organisational assets, including personnel, data, equipment and networks from attack through the use of prevention techniques in the form of vulnerability testing/security policies and detection techniques, exposing breaches in security and implementing effective responses. Students will examine security measures involving access authorisation, regulation of use, implementing contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.

All of our programmes are assessed with a mix of controlled assessments and assignment/coursework. Projects completed as part of the course(s) are based on live briefs from industry employers, ensuring relevant workplace experience and potential job prospects. Students are expected to complete an extended work experience placement to give them the best opportunity for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships and/or full-time employment.

At Level 4/5 entry, total qualification time is estimated at 1,200 hours per academic year, of which 480 hours are guided learning hours. This equates to approx. 15 hours per week taught (face-to-face and e-learning) and 15+ hours per week independent self-study during term time. Additional time is allocated for work experience and/or industry placement.

This course can be studied both full-time in one-year and part-time in two-years.

At Level 4/5 entry, students are expected to have achieved at least 32-48 UCAS points in computing, information technology or similar discipline – e.g. C grade at A-Level, MP grade at BTEC/OCR/UAL Level 3, Pass at Access – or relevant industry experience considered.

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