Computing (Computer Networks and Cybersecurity) | BSc Four-Year Foundation Entry

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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

The Foundation Year is designed to allow students to gain the correct skills for entry on to the BScComputer Networks programmes within the School of Applied Computing.

The programme educates students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks within an enterprise infrastructure.

The programme includes material required for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification.

Students can work towards this internationally recognised qualification alongside their BSc degree.

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Key Facts

Awards: MComp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 515R
UCAS Code (BSc): 233S
UCAS Code (HND): 121T
UCAS Code (Foundation): H61F
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
MComp 4 years f/t
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

Scholarships and Bursaries

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  • I have started a fantastic job, a month after graduating, with CGI as a Junior Wintel Engineer. Had it not been for my final year project I doubt I would have managed to land it.

    Robert LeyshonBSc(Hons) Computer Networks, 2015

This programme aims to provide a thorough knowledge and skills in the specialist area of networking.  Students will use their expertise to design, implement and troubleshoot complex network infrastructures. The School is a Cisco Academy, an Academy Support Centre and an Instructor Training Centre. The School has been delivering Cisco Networking Academy programme since 1999. The undergraduate programme is blended with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum. Cisco is the world’s leading network device manufacturer and the CCNA is a prominent professional qualification in networking industry.

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry

  • Academic Writing
  • Integrating Project
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills 
  • Computational Thinking
  • Computer Architecture and Networks
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Information Engineering 
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Programming 1

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Project Management (not HND)
  • Research Methods (not HND)
  • Routing and Switching Concepts
  • Server Management and Virtualisation
  • Wireless Networks and Simulation
  • Implementation Project (HND only)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project
  • Advanced Cybersecurity
  • Advanced Routing
  • Network and Data Centre Management
  • Wide Area Networks

The School of Applied Computing has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree. We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

This British Computer Society (BCS) accredited degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding software industry within the UK. The programme includes the fundamental concepts and principles of networks, routing, switching, WAN technologies and protocols.

Through our industrial links we have also developed a programme structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course contributes fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or information and communication technology. Such students will seek more specialised, networking, security, and wireless networking skills.

They learn, in-depth, a range of routing, switching, network security and WAN technologies to develop sophisticated and complex network infrastructures. Graduates would seek positions as system administrators, network administrators, network associate, etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of network infrastructures. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of laboratory based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Foundation Year in STEM - H61F

32 UCAS tariff points. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications, or with no formal qualifications in Computing are welcome. Please contact the for more information.

MComp Computing (Computer Networks and Security) - UCAS CODE: 515R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, ICT, Maths, Science or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

BSc Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 233S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Please note that subjects at Advanced Level should/may include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HND Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 121T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HNC Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 012H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100) 

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the for more information.


Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact for more information.

The programme emphasises four key themes within Computer Networking: routing and switching, emerging network technologies, network design, and security.

Graduates will be able to undertake a range of tasks associated with networking in organisations, and will be capable developing sophisticated solutions to networking problems.

It is anticipated that graduates in the field of computer networks (CN) would be able to find employment in a number of different areas of CN, including routing and switching, network design, and security.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Associates
  • Network Engineers
  • System Administrator

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.