Cybersecurity BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2020 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM. For more, please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 points overall and above, with 5, 5, 5 in higher level subjects.
  • GCSE requirements
    Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 and above
More information
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Key Dates

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in Cybersecurity

Undertake a placement year and gain valuable skills

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th out of 107 institutions for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)

Course summary

Learn how to ensure organisations can keep their businesses and customers safe with this practical course that will develop your professional and technical skills. Get prepared for a career in an area that needs skilled graduates to prevent security threats. 

Entry Requirements & Fees for 2020

4 years full-time with placement year

UCAS Code: I190

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. 

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Tuition fees: 

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)                                  
£16,700* Outside EU students (2020/21) 
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students 

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More on fees 

Entry requirements:

A levels



Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM

National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DD plus 1 A-Level at minimum grade B

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DD plus 2 A-levels at minimum of grade B

National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): D plus 2 A-levels at minimum of Grade B

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in higher level subjects.

Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3

Non-standard qualifications


Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 


The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline & Modules

Course Outline

The government has identified a shortage in qualified graduates in the arera of cybersecurity, calling it a 'national vulnerability that must be resolved' in its National Cybersecurity Strategy.

This new programme will address this growing skills gap by training you in the identification and mitigation of security threats. Gain the necessary technical knowledge and software engineering skills to ensure that organisations can keep their business and customers safe. 

The practical orientation of our programme, and industry input, will enable you to gain the range of professional skills you will need to start a career in cybersecurity.

Throughout the course, you will develop expertise in cybersecurity and the key applications of computing science in each year of the programme. Particular emphasis is placed on applications in industry and commerce. You will focus on a range of topics including security management, designing secure systems and human factors in security.

Career prospects continue to be strong for our students with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The majority of our Computer Science graduates find stimulating and rewarding positions in computing related activities with suppliers and users or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite.


Year 1

  • Professional and Social Aspects of Computing
  • Security Thinking and Fundamentals
  • Computer Systems
  • Internet Applications and Database Design
  • Mathematics for Computing Professionals
  • Object Oriented Programming

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Operating Systems
  • Secure Network Services
  • Introduction to Distributed Systems
  • Data Encryption, Data Integrity and Authentication
  • Human Factors in Security
  • Programming Language Concepts

Year 3 - Placement Year

  • EAS Industrial Placement Year
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year

Final Year

Core Modules:

  • Individual Project
  • Secure Programming
  • Security Governance, Risk Management and Policy

Optional Modules:

  • Delivering Secure Software 
  • System Management, Access and Control
  • Cyber Crime, Cyber Law and Privacy
  • Digital Forensics
  • System Administration
  • Techniques for Data Analysis (Data Mining)




Placement Year

You will spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

Our staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your year.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including: lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes, computer-aided learning, individual and group projects.

Assessment will be through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments.

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office+44 (0)121 204 3400

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