About this course
This course is intended to prepare you linguistically, academically, culturally and psychologically to make the transition to a UK university education. The course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deal with the demands of an undergraduate degree programme in cyber security and related discipline areas. It is designed for international students and, therefore, an emphasis has been put on developing a genuine proficiency in general and academic English that will allow you to feel confident at an Undergraduate level study.
The course will allow you to gain a comprehensive knowledge of key engineering themes covered at university and to create a solid foundation for your future studies.
What you will study
On this course, students will study the following:
Principles of IT:
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an underpinning knowledge of general IT principles and safe IT practice in both personal and workplace contexts. As appropriate, explicit links and examples will reference cyber security considerations to demonstrate the relationship between IT principles and the protection of systems, networks and technologies.
The aim of this unit is to gain an understanding of the key aspects of cyber security for learners pursuing a degree in this and related programme areas at university. It introduces the main principles, concepts and applications of cyber security such as the main threat areas and the motivations behind them. You will gain knowledge and understanding of techniques used to conduct cyber-attacks as well as some preventative solutions. The consequences of a cyber security incident are also considered.
The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the basics of Computer programming. It aims to equip you with underpinning knowledge so you understand that programming is about telling a computer what to do through a special set of instructions using special languages interpreted by the computer to perform some task(s). You will also be shown how to design and run a program.
English Language Studies:
This unit focus on the development of your communicative competence in general English as a foundation for further study. You will be able to develop the four core skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking including grammar and phonology to an upper-intermediate level of English.
English for Academic Purposes:
The aim of this unit is to develop your academic literacy and English Language proficiency. The unit covers the four core skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and key areas of academic lexis and register. You will also improve key language and exam skills required to succeed in an academic English proficiency exam.
Study Skills and TEL:
The aim of this unit is to prepare you for study at Higher Education (HE) level by providing and developing the required study skills and familiarisation with the digital tools, technologies and techniques that you will need for academic success. A further aim is to develop a greater awareness of the UK HE sector, in terms of its features, regulations, norms, idiosyncrasies and expectations.
Studying in the City Centre Campus and dedicated IT suites, including our Cyber Security Lab.
All applicants will need to have an IELTS (or equivalent SELT) of 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and speaking in order to qualify to study on the programme. Completion of 11 years of schooling and 4 GCSE passes (A-E) or equivalent. Must include at least a B (4) in Mathematics GCSE or equivalent*. Applicants starting the programme in September, will need to be be 16.5 years of age by the 1st of September.
Teaching and assessment
Course contact time: 26 hours/ week
Method of delivery: Learning is via through a blend of formal lectures in relevant content areas, interactive seminars, practical workshops, on-line supported self-study and peer support activities. In addition, formative learning opportunities are incorporated into each of the units.
Examples of Teaching and Learning Methods:
- Language Workshops
- Individual and group projects
- Computer-based/IT workshops
- Guided on-line support
- Peer Learning Activities
- Data management and interpretation exercises
- Guest lectures from cyber security leaders in the Cardiff region
Assessment will include a blend of formative and summative assessment and portfolio evidence in each unit. Tutor and peer feedback on assignment drafts, weekly reading and writing exercises and language workshop activities.
Other examples of assessment to include:
- Standardised language tests
- Individual presentations
- Group projects/reports
- Essays and case studies
- Individual reports
- In-class tests and exercises
- End of programme examinations
- Data management and interpretation tests
To successfully pass the Diploma, learners must demonstrate that they have met all requirements and learning outcomes, by passing each unit with an aggregate minimum mark of 50% or other pass mark as agreed by our university progression partners.
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
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- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
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Career prospects & further study
Students that successfully pass all units of this course and meet the academic and language requirements of our partner universities are assured progression to an engineering related undergraduate degree.