Skip to main content
Interested? See

Computer Networks & Security (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

This practice-based Computer Networks and Security Foundation Entry Degree will prepare you for a career in a rapidly changing industry. It’s a fascinating area to work in.

Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.

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.

With Cisco accreditation and a wide range of transferable skills including project management, group working and communications, you’ll develop excellent long-term career prospects and a high earning potential.

Thanks to new ideas, applications, security threats and constantly evolving technology, it’s a compelling area of study.

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn about the latest developments in wired and wireless computer networking and security, underpinned by relevant theory providing a broad view of the networking industry.
  • Supported by teaching in purpose-built laboratories, you’ll use specialist software to develop your networking and security skills.
  • We emphasise practical-based learning and you’ll configure and examine wired and wireless networks.

Discover our Computer Science courses

What you'll do

  • The course covers core computing skills and legal, social, ethical and commercial issues.
  • You’ll gain a range of transferable skills allowing you to work across the computing industry, as well as in other graduate careers.
  • Where possible, we make software available for use on your own PC.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Visit us on a university Open Day

Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

Register for an Open Day

View the course facilities

Future careers

This Computer Networks and Security Foundation Entry Degree is a stepping stone to a rewarding career in network security, management, design and implementation.  

It can also lead to employment as analysts, systems managers and technical support staff. As well as work as a security officer, network designer, network manager or even a network engineer.

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.

Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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