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Computer Forensics & Security

Undergraduate course
Computing & Engineering

People with forensic and security skills are in demand - we'll teach you to analyse devices and protect businesses from illegal attacks.

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You'll benefit from our great links with external organisations, from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and West Yorkshire Police, to BAE Systems Detica and specialist forensics companies.
Entry requirements
280 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. GCSE English Language and Maths equivalents, if required, must be achieved from additional units.Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. GCSE English Language and Maths equivalents, if required, must be achieved from additional units.Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.
Entry requirements
280 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. GCSE English Language and Maths equivalents, if required, must be achieved from additional units.Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. GCSE English Language and Maths equivalents, if required, must be achieved from additional units.Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.
Entry requirements
280 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.
Entry requirements
280 pointsrequired
UCAS Tariff Points: 280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:280 points required. (Minimum 200 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs:GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit must be achieved. Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade B at Higher Level.Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2Selection Criteria:We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

  • Josh Price

Careers

Josh Price

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics (now Computer Forensics & Security)

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The support I received from my lecturers was amazing and they opened my eyes to a career in forensics. The opportunity to do a work placement in my second year was really exciting.

This course will provide you with the expertise to enter a career in computer forensics and security. You will be skilled in both of these disciplines and prepared for a greater range of jobs. Organisations of all shapes and sizes are now looking to improve in the areas of forensics and security, opening up further job opportunities. The wide variety of skills you develop on your course will allow you to work in any computing role.

  • Computer Forensic Analyst
  • Security Tester
  • Systems Manager
  • Web Designer
Your future career is our business. That's why we offer further study opportunities across all our subject areas. Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt, benefit from our links with industry and give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit our Careers Site

MODULES & LEARNING

Introducing the stages involved in the building of database systems, helping you to acquire modelling and systems development skills.

We'll give you an insight into the fundamentals of programming, building your awareness of the main features of a computer program and how they interrelate.

An insight into computers, operating systems and networks - how these things work internally and how they work with each other.

Explore the technologies that support web site development - design a site, implement current standards and evaluate your work.

Study the system development life cycle, with a particular focus on requirements capture, analysis and modelling needed for the design of information systems.

An introduction to computer forensics such as evidential processing, analysis techniques and computer security, including commands and process used within a security assessment.

Carry out a forensic examination and present your findings, which includes experiencing a cross-examination in a mock trial or a complete security assessment, including physical assessment, and the reporting of findings to a client.

Take a look at the procedural based programming. We'll introduce you to an integrated development environment (IDE) and help you to enhance your programming skills.

Enhance your knowledge of the legal aspects of forensics, focusing on the capture and maintenance of suspect digital evidence and the procedures for analysing and presenting this evidence.

We'll give you the skills required for network forensic investigations within an organisation and the security countermeasures that may be used.

We'll show you the range of security mechanisms that can be applied, the steps which a hacker undertakes and how to prevent it.

Build your experience of designing and implementing databases - you'll have the opportunity to develop robust applications using your database application development skills.

Learn about server side web development to the point where you can build a basic database driven dynamic interactive website.

An insight into the analysis techniques and tools used by forensic examiners. You will learn to analyse the key areas of digital evidence across some of the main operating systems.

Explore security monitoring techniques, methods for recovering from security breaches, and investigation methods to identify what has occurred.

Acquire the skills to deal with detailed investigations in digital forensics including the capture and maintenance of suspect evidence, and procedures for analysing and presenting this evidence.

The culmination of your study - this is an opportunity to research, develop and evaluate a product, ideally for an external client, using the skills you have learnt.

Build your awareness of defensive security techniques and vulnerabilities. You will learn about the workings of a variety of security breaches, and the various techniques that can be used to mitigate against them.

We've designed our course in line with leading industry standards - we are committed to offering you hands-on experience in order to gain the practical skills that will prepare you for working in the profession. You will be taught by an academic team who are still active in industry, giving you the chance to benefit from the latest changes in the profession. We will also give you the opportunity to interact with external forensic and security experts and gain an insight into what the industry is really like.

We have active links with the security industry and work closely with organisations to try and find work placement opportunities for you. We have great relationships with police forces, local and national security companies and major law firms.

Our University encourages entrepreneurship and will review any proposals to assist you in creating your own security based company.

  • Emlyn Butterfield
    Computer Forensics & SecurityEmlyn Butterfield
    Senior Lecturer

    Our courses are for people who love computers and want to follow a challenging and interesting career. Every day brings new challenges in the world of computer forensics and security - you're always trying to stop the bad guy.

  • Emlyn has a number of years' experience as a digital forensic analyst, working as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases. He has analysed mobile devices and computers providing expert advice to both prosecution and defence teams in court cases.
    BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and Security - Emlyn Butterfield, Senior Lecturer
    BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and Security - Emlyn Butterfield, Senior Lecturer
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be given a full tuition fee waiver.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £9500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £2750.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9700. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be given a full tuition fee waiver.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2016/17 is £9700. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £2400.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • IT Labs
    IT Labs

    Our University is home to a number of modern, specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our students will need.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and sports facilities
    Gym and sports facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett. Our excellent sports facilities and fitness classes are open to everyone to help you keep fit and have fun.

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Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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