Computer Networks and Security

Computer Networks and Security BSc (Hons)

This practice-based degree will prepare you for a career in a rapidly changing industry that, thanks to new ideas, applications, security threats and constantly evolving technology, is a fascinating area to work in. It includes the latest developments in wired and wireless computer networking and security, underpinned by relevant theory to offer a broad view of the networking industry. Supported by teaching in purpose-built laboratories, you will use specialist software to develop your networking and security skills. In addition, the course covers core computing skills and legal, social, ethical and commercial issues so you will graduate with a range of transferable skills allowing you to work across the computing industry, as well as in other graduate careers.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Sandwich: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Start your course with our 4 Week Challenge bringing together first year students to design and develop a new app, and then create a marketing campaign to promote it.
  • This course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, which is the computing professional body.
  • After completing your second year, you can take a one-year industrial placement. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in Europe. Students have also found placements in Australia, Japan and the USA.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • The Computing Challenge
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Interactive Applications

Year 2

  • Computer Security
  • Introduction to Network Routing
  • Network Management
  • Interacting with the Internet of Things
  • The Agile Professional

One from the following:

  • Advanced Programming
  • Database Systems
  • Internet Application Development

Year 3

  • Advanced Network Routing
  • Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • Penetration Testing
  • Honours Degree Project

One from the following:

  • Computers, Society and Law
  • Cloud Computing
  • Science Communication
  • A level 5 option which hasn’t been taken

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

The course structure has three strands: technical; network and security specific; project management: the first develops general computing skills relevant to the networking and security specialist; the second looks at topologies, protocols, hardware devices, security and network management; the third develops communication skills, provides project experience and explores legal, social, ethical and commercial issues.

Since the start of the course is common with other courses in the School, you will gain the experience to choose the most appropriate specialist route for you.

You will focus on acquiring basic skills through small laboratory exercises and develops essential computing skills across a range of application areas. You will develop programming and analysis skills and an understanding of basic computer and network technology. You will explore modern applications of computing for business and entertainment. At higher levels, more complex techniques are developed through case studies and extended exercises. Throughout the course, you will solve real networking problems based on the Cisco curriculum. Having completed the taught element of the CNAA qualification during the course, you may take the exam at a test centre, for which a fee is due. You will investigate, analyse and discuss networks and security issues, including implementing and troubleshooting networks, researching relevant literature and evaluating network management tools and techniques. Interaction with other students will challenge you to discuss, defend and evaluate ideas. You will participate in a team-based network development project. In final year, you will undertake an individual project. A module to help you plan your career is available as an additional module, linked to the agile professional module.



"Choosing which university to go to was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. After spending four years as a student at UCLan, I can safely say that attending this university was undoubtedly the right decision. The knowledge, skills and relationships I gained during my time there has enabled me to grow as a person as well as an IT Professional and has ultimately resulted in the achievement of securing a job in the very demanding and competitive field of information security.

I firmly believe that this could not have been achieved without the support of the staff. Any student who attends UCLan should have a bright and promising career if they make use of all it has to offer."

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories and the University's general computer rooms. Our laboratories allow you to use specialist software and to do things normally forbidden on a public network: for example, configuring networks or database servers, testing system security, exploring the performance of a network under excessive workloads, and using sophisticated software to monitor protocols. You will configure and examine wired and wireless networks. Where possible, we make software available for use on your own PC. You will use an on-line learning environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment enhances traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue learning independently. You will have directed work to do outside timetabled classes.

The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, group work, presentations and exams. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.

Professional Accreditation

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This course has CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) accreditation leading to professional membership of the BCS and partial CEng accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS and the Engineering Council.

Networking Laboratory


You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year/third year if on Foundation entry. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

The taught element of the CNAA qualification is integrated into the course, so you can gain the qualification by taking the CNAA examination.

Most students find roles in network security, management, design and implementation. Others will be employed as analysts, systems managers and technical support staff. There will also be opportunities in graduate careers that do not require a specific degree.

Our innovative course will enable you to work as a security officer, network designer, network manager or even a network engineer. With Cisco accreditation and a wide range of transferable skills including project management, group working and communications, you will develop excellent long-term career prospects and a high earning potential.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Red Bull, Fujitsu -Siemens and a large defence organisation. Some have undertaken an MSc in computer security while others have gone into teaching. 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.