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FDSc Cyber Security

TARIFF: 56 - 80
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
This exciting programme in Cyber Security has been developed with industry experts so that it matches employer requirements. If you want to develop your understanding and key skills in this dynamic, fast-growing, challenging and demand-led area, then this is the course for you.
Whether you see yourself upon graduation working as a Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security or IT Director or Manager, Systems Administrator, Forensics Investigator or Auditor, this course can help prepare you for your future career.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

Cyber-attacks are a serious security issue facing organisations in the information age. Today, all organisations operate with a potential information security risk and will need to implement strategies to protect their information technology (IT) systems and data. Although society has become increasingly reliant upon IT and cloud-based services, cyber security skills and capability are not currently increasing at a comparable rate.

The UK takes a prominent role in cyber security provision, with the demand for new talent only set to grow in the future. This growth requires a sustained supply of competent cyber security professionals who have achieved the requisite standards and certification.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a clear focus on developing your confidence and capabilities in cyber security, this programme will equip you with the necessary skills and information to progress your career in this or related areas either through further study or in the workplace.

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

The programme is two years full-time leading to an FdSc qualification in Cyber Security. The content is based on industry frameworks, in particular the IISP Information Security Skills Framework, and has been developed in partnership with Prolinx and modules cover the following areas:

  • Cyber threat and risk
  • Information Security Management
  • Implementing Secure Systems
  • Operational Security Management
  • Incident Management
  • Audit and Review
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Managing a Secure Business.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A variety of approaches, and good use of the latest technology, will be blended together to engage you in learning in the classroom and outside, and to encourage your full participation. The programme team strive to ensure that all modules embrace current industrial practice wherever possible.

The teaching and learning strategies employed throughout the programme are those judged to be the most appropriate for each module at each stage and level of the programme. The strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to student centred independent learning as you progress through the levels of the programme.

Useful Information

FDSC Cyber Security Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 56 - 80

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score between 40-64 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Computer Architctures

Programming Concepts

Digital Technologies & Professional Practice

Web Development


Application Programming

Secure Systems

Cyber Threat & Risk Management

Year 2 Modules

Network Systems

Database Design

Information Security

Cyber Security Management

Open Source Systems

Software Engineering

Intro to Intelligent Systems (Team Project)

Mobile Systems Security

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising and skilled leaders and support you in your search to find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our FDSC Cyber Security course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Architect
  • Security Director/Manager
  • IT Director/Manager
  • Systems Administrator
  • Forensics Investigator
  • Auditor.

Course leader

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