Cyber Security degree – BSc (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Cyber Security

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Cyber Security
School/s
Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: CS01 or CS02
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Learn to protect critical IT systems and become a highly employable expert with our Cyber Security degree.

  • Develop essential skills in cyber security and computer forensics in order to detect, defend and counteract cybersecurity threats.
  • Design security measures and policies that can help protect businesses, individuals and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
  • Build the knowledge, analytical mindset and problem-solving skills you need to launch a career in cyber security.

As businesses and the public sector increasingly generate and rely on data to function in today’s interconnected digital economy, they need strong cyber security professionals who can enhance cyber resilience, help prevent cyber attacks and mitigate the economic impact of cybercrime, both in the UK and worldwide.

This hands-on Cyber Security course aims to equip you with the knowledge, technical competencies and out-of-the-box thinking skills needed to meet the cyber security demands of the information age.

You’ll learn to identify and mitigate cyber threats using a range of investigative techniques, systems, policies, sources of cyber intelligence and response strategies.

Cyber attacks will continue to evolve and increase. We teach you how to think like your adversaries – a mindset that will leave you better prepared for the threats of tomorrow.

What you'll learn

Overview

Bath Spa University’s Cyber Security degree approaches cyber security from a holistic point of view – helping you to understand cybersecurity from multiple perspectives. By highlighting key principles such as ‘defence in depth’ and by drawing on national level cyber frameworks and guidelines, we introduce you to a complete picture of the intentions, motivations and scope of the cyber security sector.

Across the course, you’ll develop knowledge and practical skills that support the protection of systems, networks and data on a variety of levels (such as individual, business, critical national infrastructure) – all supported by a sound understanding of computing principles.

You'll explore planning methods and tools, learn cybersecurity policies and law, investigate strategies of defence and offence, and gain an appreciation for human behaviours and needs.

Course structure

Year one
Develop core skills in programming and learn about key topics in cyber security. You’ll gain knowledge of the computer industry to better understand the sector; for example, you’ll explore programming and web development so that you can better defend digital platforms.

You’ll learn cyber security fundamentals, with modules covering topics such as intrusion detection and prevention. You’ll use cybercrime analysis tools and techniques as part of an exploration of Computer Forensics.

Year two
Your second academic year begins with a focus on software, as you extend your practical understanding of programming and investigate ways to enhance the resilience of computing tools. An optional software project management module provides a wide skillsbase for a range of careers in tech. Following this, you shift attention to the analysis and mitigation of cyber threats, where you’ll learn how to detect and react decisively to intrusions.

You’ll learn ethical hacking techniques: such as how to use penetration testing to probe for vulnerabilities so that you can make systems more secure and resilient.

Year three
In your final year you’ll explore the wider context of cyber security. First, you’ll take an in-depth look at cyber law, cybercrime and the judicial system, before interrogating methods of protecting national-level critical services such as water, transport and power.

Modules in cyber offence and defence cover the techniques and policies needed to defend business IT systems from increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a combination of reports, presentations and set exercises. Tabletop exercises, technical challenges and other practical tasks allow you to demonstrate your understanding of cyber security from a real-world perspective.

How will I be taught?

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and discussion forums, alongside a wide range of practical activities such as scenario simulations and technical tasks.

Our teaching methods are designed to enable you to graduate with critical knowledge of cybersecurity, the analytical mindset you’ll need to thrive in the industry, and an awareness of the sector, so that you can hit the ground running in your first cyber security role.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • CodeLab I
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Digital Forensics
  • The Computer Industry
  • Web Development

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Network Administration
  • CodeLab II
  • Databases
  • Intrusion Analysis and Response
  • Cyber Resilience
  • Software Project Management
  • The Responsive Web
  • Professional Placement Year

 

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Cyber Crime, Law and Ethics
  • Research Project
  • Securing the Internet of Things
  • Cyber Offence
  • Cyber Defence
  • Critical Infrastructure

Opportunities

Careers

The range of potential careers in cyber security is huge and ever-growing; from a cyber crimes analyst with the police to roles in government, or responsibility for business cyber security solutions in the public and private sector. Roles include, amongst others:

  • Penetration tester
  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Systems administrator
  • Cyber threat intelligence analyst
  • Cyber security forensics analyst.

As a graduate of this Cyber Security course, you’ll have gained the broad range of skills needed to progress in many directions including further postgraduate study in Cyber Security.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a BSc Cyber Security student, you'll have access to our:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
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2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We look for students with a genuine interest in the 'how', 'why' and 'what if' of cyber security. Successful applicants will be organised, analytical and excited to learn about the scope and function of the cyber security sector. Programming experience is not essential for our Cyber Security degree – we teach coding from the ground up.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. Applicants are considered on an individual basis and we take into account any relevant skills and experience that may not be reflected in your qualifications. The most important consideration is that you have the qualities and potential to succeed in the exciting new area of study.

  • A-level – grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 – for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

Consider enrolling on Future Learn's NCSC certified 'Introduction to Cyber Security' for a taste of what the subject is about. Programming courses offered by Codecademy (HTML, JavaScript, C++) are an excellent starting point for learning to think computationally.

Course leader: Dave Cobb
Email: d.cobb@bathspa.ac.uk

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