Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Cyber Security

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall. 

A variety of people enter Higher Education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.

For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TRUR1193 Professional Development & Study Skills

      This module introduces and develops the necessary academic, research and study skills needed at HE mode of study, lifelong learning and personal development. The students will also develop an appreciation, understanding through evaluation of the IT security industry, identifying opportunities and developing professional skills in answer to employers, technologies and industries changing needs

    • TRUR1194 Work Practice Case Study

      Students studying this module will undertake an investigation/research and will include work practice case studies relating to the Cyber Security Industry. By using these case studies, emphasis is placed upon the learner in developing a 'working knowledge' of practice .

    • TRUR1195 Security Programming

      Students studying this module will learn both the fundamentals of programming and the deeper and more complex issues of programming in relation to Cyber Security, concepts including web programming & scripting, application programming, socket programming, developing skills in its use, and evaluating the importance of programming from a cyber-security perspective.

    • TRUR1196 Networking & Systems

      This module introduces students to the foundation topic underlying the design, implementation operation and structure of both networks, systems and their components. Issues such as installation configuration, maintenance and security will be addressed.

    • TRUR1197 Server Administration & Systems Compliance

      Students undertaking this module will develop an understanding of a range of networked services that support modern business platforms. Students will learn how to install, configure, maintain, monitor and evaluate these platforms, systems and services within a LAN environment. Students will investigate and document various security protocols and policies for effective, secure and compliant usage.

    • TRUR1198 Behavioural Analytics & Data Security

      This module introduces students to the concept of behavioural analytics. The students investigate both through theory and practical activity the actions of people and how (BA) is used to identify opportunities for both positive and negative areas of computing, the investigation will see students profiling users and network activity and identify areas for security optimisation in relation to the CIA triad.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TRUR2188 Risk Management & Disaster Recovery Planning

      This module investigates the CIA triad, its importance to Cyber Security in business and industry. Students will, through means of case studies, practical¿s and exploring theory, understand and develop IT risk management strategies and disaster recovery planning.

    • TRUR2189 Digital Forensics

      This module introduces students to the detection, diagnosis, prevention and reporting of attacks on computer systems and networks. Students will have the opportunity to undertake Digital Forensics Investigation.

    • TRUR2190 Work Placement & Current Issues

      This module provides students with experience, knowledge and understanding of the working environment and current issues facing todays IT professional. It will provide practical knowledge of working practices, ethical, social responsibilities, processes and legal aspects associated with an IT professional.

    • TRUR2191 Network Security & Design

      This module introduces students to the planning, design and implementation of modern secure computer networks including investigation into the detection, prevention and reporting of various security threats faced by modern industry.

    • TRUR2192 Security Technology & Applied Cryptography

      Students will be introduced to various security technologies available to both maintain and keep secure systems and networks. Students will investigate and explore basic cryptographic methods used in data and data communications. Students will have the opportunity of applying both theoretical and practical aspects during this module.

    • TRUR2193 System Development Project

      This module aims to teach methods of planning, implementation and managing a project as it progresses through its life cycle. This is a group based project, allowing student groups to follow their own Cyber Security interests after being approved for suitability of project by the course team.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

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