Computing (Computer Networks and Cybersecurity) - BSc (Hons)

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In today’s interconnected world, Cybercrime affects every user. To understand Cyber Security fully, one should have strong Networking skills.

The networks enable us to live, work, communicate and move freely without boundaries. This programme was developed to teach you the essential skills that are required to start a career in networking or cybersecurity.

UWTSD has been a Cisco Academy since 1999 and EC Council Academy partner since 2018. We are the only university to offer this unique programme that covers the curriculum of CCNA Routing & Switching, CCNA Cyber Operations and EC Council’s Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator certification (CHFI) within the degree programme. We have the best networking and cybersecurity lab in Wales.

This programme aims to provide 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 the networking industry

Module Topics

Level 4 modules - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Level 5 modules - BSc/HND

  • Advanced Networking (20 credits)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits) 
  • Computer Forensics (20 credits)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits)
  • Network Programmability (20 credits)

Level 6 modules - BSc

  • Independent Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Cyber Security (20 credits)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits)
  • Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation (20 credits)
  • Switching, Routing and Wireless (20 credits)


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 and the development of industry skills 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 coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and presentation.