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Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Computing Security: Full-Time  

Course Code 
HC4PDF 
Full-Time Programme  
Location: West London Institute of Technology, based at Uxbridge Campus  
Duration: 32 weeks 
Start Date: 04/10/2021 
When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00  
Entry Requirements 
GCSE English and maths at A* to C (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar.  
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent. We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply. 
Who is the course for? 
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing-Security, is designed to train tomorrow’s security professionals, combining fundamental concepts and principles with exposure to current technologies and solutions. You will gain a practical understanding of key issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern IT security systems. Also, you’ll develop understanding of how network security systems function and how they might be abused and how security fits into business and commerce through applied learning. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that underpin the study, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals Certificate in Computing-Security, gives students the experience of the breadth and depth of the sector, which will prepare them for further study, training or to pursue a wide array of career pathways within the public, private and charity sectors. 
Course Content  
Students will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through six core units (mandatory) which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment and two further optional units at Level 4. The units are: 
 
Core Units: 
 
Programming 
Networking 
Professional Practice 
Database Design & Development 
Security 
Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set) 
Optional units: 
 
Strategic Information Systems 
Computer Systems Architecture 
Cisco “CCNAv7” materials are embedded in the BTEC L4 HNC in computing-Security- programme. The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, team work, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques. 
Study Methods 
75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor 
20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor 
5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional). 
Students will attend college for 16 hours – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 22.5 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments). 
How is the course assessed 
Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 1% presentations and 1% time-constrained assessments. the grades in each subject unit are shown as: 
 
pass 
merit 
distinction 
Where next - Further Studies 
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing-security at Level 4, vendor-accredited certification and Professional Body membership, all of which students can build on and allow students to continue their studies to Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing-Security. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing-Security allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at Level 5, students can develop their careers through: 
 
Entering employment 
Continuing existing employment 
Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates 
Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 
Progressing to university. 
The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing-Security is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses, details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found on the Degree Course Finder website (http://degreecoursefinder.pearson.com/) and UCAS.com. 
Where next - Job Opportunities 
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in computing- security can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the computing sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles: Computer Analysts, IT Security Coordinator, Ethical Hacker, Fraud Analyst, etc. 
More Information 
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on 
 
Assessment and grading 
College rules and resources 
Student support and representation. 
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students. 
 
UCAS Code: C400 
 
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information. 
Fees 
Home student: £6,000 
Overseas student: £7,682 
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. 
 
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. 
 
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at West London IoT, based at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary. 
 
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students. 
How to apply 
You will be directed to Uxbridge College’s website, where you can apply for the course. 

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing Security: Full-Time 

Course Code 
HD5PDF 
Full-Time Programme 
Location: West London Institute of Technology, based at Uxbridge Campus 
Duration: 32 weeks 
Start Date: 04/10/2021 
When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00 
Entry Requirements 
Satisfactory completion of Level 4 Higher National Certificate in relevant computing-related subjects with a good attendance and an excellent College report. External applicants will be considered subject to matching of HNC units and satisfactory references. 
 
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply. 
Who is the course for  
Security is now a crucial part of business, and consequently the demand for highly skills and knowledgeable professionals is increasing. This Pearson BTEC L5 HND Computing-Security has been created to meet global demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work, how networks are designed, built and configured, how Cybersecurity works in an age where the online world is so vulnerable to attacks and how software is used to monitor and secure these systems. It covers a broad range of computing specialisms and it will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry. From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, which will be directly relatable to your future career. You will learn how to help organisations to keep their businesses and customers safe with this practical course that will develop your professional and technical skills. The course offers opportunities for Cisco CCNAv7, Cisco (Cybersecurity Essentials), Cisco (IoT), etc. module certifications through Net Academy. 
Course Content 
On this course, you will cover a wide variety of theoretical and practical development skills. You will gain skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as learning how to protect them against hacker attacks. You will combine your interest in forensics, computer networks and security to become the cyber security professional of the future. The unit combinations and the list of optional units are: 
 
Mandatory Units: 
 
Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) 
Business Intelligence 
Cryptography 
Forensics 
Information Security Management 
Optional units: 
 
Cloud Computing 
Network Security 
Actual optional units may be subject to change. The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, teamwork, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques to build secure a systems that meet the needs of employers and preparing you for an exciting career. 
Study Methods 
75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor 
20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor 
5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional). 
Students will attend college for 15 hours – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 22.5 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments). 
How is the course assessed 
Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 1% presentations and 1% time-constrained assessments. the grades in each subject unit are shown as: 
 
pass 
merit 
distinction 
Where next - Further Studies 
The Pearson Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing-Security is recognised by higher education providers, as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses. Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found on the Degree Course Finder website (http://degreecoursefinder.pearson.com/). Or @ http://UCAS.com. BSc degree programmes and MSc programmes after suitable post-diploma experience. 
Where next - Job Opportunities 
There is a shortage of skilled professionals in Cyber Security and it's regarded as a critical area by business and government. Careers include IT professionals, penetration testers, digital forensic investigators, software developers, systems engineers and technical analysts. 
More Information 
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on 
 
Assessment and grading 
College rules and resources 
Student support and representation. 
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students. 
 
UCAS code: C401 
 
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information. 
Fees 
Home student: £5,880 
Overseas Fees: £7,543 
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary. If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students. 
How to Apply 
You will be directed to Uxbridge College’s website, where you can apply for the course. 
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