Cyber Security Foundation Entry Route BSc (Hons)

Cyber Security Foundation Entry Route BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB15; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. The cyber security sector is facing a significant skills gap at a time when threats and the legal and commercial consequences of inadequate security are increasing. Emerging application areas such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities offer new benefits, but also new vulnerabilities to accidental or malicious actions. Security is now a crucial part of your business, and consequently the demand for highly skills and knowledgeable professionals is increasing. This degree course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to build secure and compliant systems that meet your employer’s business objectives. Cyber security is about understanding attack methods and learn how to protect against them. During the cyber security course, the students can gain skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as learning how to protect them against hacker attacks. The students combine their interest in programming, computer networks and security to become the cyber security professional of the future.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 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

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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.

Find out more about our virtual open days Find out more about our virtual open days

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Investigating IT
  • Problem-solving for Computing


  • Study Skills 1 – Learning How to Learn
  • Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Advanced Programming
  • The Agile Professional
  • Computer Security
  • Digital Evidence and Incident Response
  • Information Security Management
  • Network Management
  • For Sandwich Award undertake an Industrial Placement Year after completing Year 2

Year 4

  • Secure Software and Malware Analysis
  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Penetration Testing
  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Honours Degree Project

Further Information

Why study Cyber Security?

A huge number of data breaches all around the world, including those at high profile global corporations, indicate that businesses probably need to pay more attention to their security culture and increase their investment in security. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect in May 2018, compelling businesses to face huge fines in case of any data breach.

We can see that more and more security professionals are currently being recruited and employed, as cyber security becomes a priority to businesses and organisations.

The UK government have invested £1.9 billion in a cyber security strategy and identified a 20 year skill gap. The UK government have also increased funding calls for security related research and development projects. Looking into the future, the Internet of Things and smart environments (e.g. smart homes, smart roads, smart cities) will pose new security risks that need to be analysed and mitigated by security professionals.

dotted line

4 Week Challenge

Our ‘4 Week Challenge’ brings together first year students across computing courses to design and develop a new app, and then create a marketing campaign to promote it. It provides the study and team working skills necessary to be successful at UCLan. Each group of students from the wide range of computing-based courses are tested on the usability of their app and the winning team is announced at the end of the four weeks.

“It is a fantastic way to start off university; getting to make friends and getting to know the lecturers really well. It has been interesting working together in a team as we were all very different with diverse skills sets.”

- Steph Paul, Forensic Computing

dotted line

Professional Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team & UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

Study Abroad

It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

“A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field it is. I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. I met some amazing people whilst on placement, as well as doing some really meaningful and interesting work.”

-Ryan Sheff, Industry Placement Student

The Computing and Technology building has several computer labs that are open 24 hours per day and for 7 days of the week. Students will have access to specialist computing labs which have the latest open source and commercial tools related to cyber security.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries