Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Cyber Security

Rated 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

    • Work Practice Case Study (TRUR1194)

      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 .

    • Security Programming (TRUR1195)

      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.

    • Server Administration & Systems Compliance (TRUR1197)

      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.

    • Behavioural Analytics & Data Security (TRUR1198)

      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.

    • Professional Development & Study Skills (TRUR1193)

      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

    • Networking & Systems (TRUR1269)

      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.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Risk Management & Disaster Recovery Planning (TRUR2188)

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

    • Work Placement & Current Issues (TRUR2190)

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

    • Security Technology & Applied Cryptography (TRUR2192)

      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.

    • System Development Project (TRUR2193)

      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.

    • Digital Forensics (TRUR2267)

      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.

    • Network Security & Design (TRUR2268)

      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.

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

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.

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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

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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