Computer Science (Cyber Security) - BSc (Hons)
Gain a solid grounding in the key themes that underpin contemporary computer science to explore advanced topics in cyber security. From cryptography to the design of secure systems, you will develop the techniques required to implement secure IT solutions in this highly specialised and sought-after field.
Why study Computer Science (Cyber Security) at Keele University?
Accreditation and professional recognition
Accredited by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT is a professional body which accredits computing and IT courses in the UK.
The accreditation provides an indicator of quality to employers and offers a pathway to professional registrations such as CITP (Chartered IT Professional), CEng (Chartered Engineer), IEng (Incorporated Engineer) and RITTech (Registered IT Technician).
This accreditation is on the condition that a student must pass the final year project at 40% or above.
"Keele's School of Computer Science and Mathematics helped me turn a freshly discovered interest in computing into a full-fledged passion for all things Computer Science. My course had the perfect combination of compelling subject matter and insightful lecturers which resulted in a genuine excitement for each tutorial, lecture & workshop. During my placement year, Keele supported me in my 15-month software engineering internship with IBM - a true industry leader - that then evolved into full-time employment following my final year of study."
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Cyber Security). For example, Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming, while Advancing Programming will allow you to hone these skills in an individual project, all of which will be useful in your degree and professional career.
You will develop new, flexible and abstract ways of thinking, which will enable you to use logic to solve problem-based activities. You will be introduced to key principles such as Boolean algebra, error control coding and the development of the modern computer, while also beginning to develop your skills in using high-level programming languages. In addition to subject-specific modules, you will complete a skills module, which will underpin your ability to communicate data and information accurately. Semester Two continues to build on your understanding of these techniques. Your programming skills will be further developed, while exploring new principles such as working for clients and designing interfaces. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.
Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.
The module details given below are indicative and will give you a good idea of the range of subjects that we teach. We regularly review our teaching to ensure that the modules we offer are up-to-date; therefore, the modules available to study are liable to change.
Semester one modules
|FYO-00221||Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming||30 credits|
|FYO-00187||Academic Skills for Computer Scientists and Mathematicians||15 credits|
Semester two modules
|FYO-00223||Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Making Decisions||15 credits|
|FYO-00225||Advancing Programming||15 credits|
|FYO-00235||Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Logic, Codes & Cryptography||15 credits|
|FYO-00227||Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design||15 credits|
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- between 40-56 UCAS points or from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above
How to apply
UK students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code G401) through UCAS at www.ucas.com.
Direct entry students
If you are a UK student, already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.
Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.
In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.
Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.
For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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