Where will this course lead?

This two year HND programme in Networking & Security aims to equip students with the knowledge, technical expertise and professional skills to pursue a career in this ever expanding industry. In addition the academic skills gained on completion of the HND, will allow students to apply for the top-up Bsc(Hons) in Networking & Security.

What will I study?

Module content may vary slightly to reflect current priorities. The approach of the course is to enable students to gain knowledge within these two areas and apply this in different settings.

- Year 1 introduces the fundamentals of networking and security including practical network design and testing. Year 2 then allows the student to develop practical skills in network management and investigate the impact of cyber security.
- Supporting the main themes within the HND in Network and Security there are modules on programming, databases and cloud computing. These modules identify the impact of networking and security on devices, as well as for individuals and organisations.
- On successful completion of the HND a final top-up year is available allowing for the student to achieve a Bsc(Hons) in Networking & Security.

The modules are all 20 credits.

HND Year 1

Programming and Algorithms for Networking

Introduction to Networking and Security

Computer Architecture

Group Project Year 1

Database Design and Development

Routing and Switching

HND Year 2

Enterprise Infrastructure

Cyber Security

Cloud Computing

Project Year 2

Network Management

Wireless Technology

All of the modules listed above are compulsory.

There will be an exam charge for the Cisco Exams. As an example the cost for the CCENT was approximately £150 for 2017.  However, this cost however, is subject to change by the external supplier: Cisco.

How will this course be delivered?

This is a two year full time HND programme. The programme consists of practical classroom based study. On successful completion of this HND, an application can be made for the top- up BSc(Hons) in Networking & Security.

The course delivery uses traditional teaching, presentations and demonstrations; tutorials, group seminars and self-directed study. The course also uses cloud computing, physical and virtual environments. There are 400 global hours for the programme per year. These hours include tutorials and typically consists of 15 contact hours per week.

The course's main aim is on the application of theory in a practical setting with a strong emphasis on developing skills in technical knowledge as well as skills useful for employment such as presentations and team work.

The course assessments are either individual or group assignments. There are no examinations except for the optional Cisco exam described above.

There is a three year part time model consisting of a HNC for 18 Months, and then a HND for 18 Months.

What qualifications will I get?

HND in Networking & Security on completion of 240 credits at the appropriate level.

There is an exit qualification available is a Certificate in Higher Education.

How will I be assessed?

Students are mainly assessed by a combination of coursework assignments and practical tasks. The majority of the assessments are individual.  There are, however, requirements within some modules for group activities. This approach allows for reflection of the academic and practical knowledge gained through individual experiences and applying this knowledge in a collaborative team effort - as would be expected within a working environment.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

INSTITUTION CODE: S26 (Solihull College & University Centre)

UCAS CODE: pending

CAMPUS: Blossomfield Campus (Main Site)

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

UCAS entry profiles may be found by searching for the relevant course on the UCAS website, then clicking on Entry profile.

HND Full Time/Part Time

Candidates for admission to the HND will normally satisfy the College's standard entry qualifications of a Level 3 formal qualification in a related subject area, typical offers would stipulate A levels :DEE, and BTEC: MPP or equivalent for Full Time or Part Time programmes.

Candidates will be expected to have either GCSE's at grade 4/C or Level 2 Maths and English qualification at time of enrolment.

HND Part Time Year 3

A Part Time candidate with a HNC Networking Security (160 credits) year 3 part time; Other HNCs in related subject with 50% of modules graded at Merit or above and a successful interview allows acceptance on HND year 3 part time.

All students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for level 4 or 5 qualifications.

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact headmissions@solihull.ac.uk

Additional entry requirements

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences will have their prior learning and skills taken into account. Applicants may be required to complete an Aptitude assessment (this will be advised at interview). Entry to the programme is subject to Northampton University approval.

What else do I need to know?

Throughout the programme you will engage in a reflective process identifying new skills that reflect the needs of the FEHQ level. These skills may be academic, or communication or project management skills that will provide you with the confidence to manage the projects and assignment that you undertake.

This course also offers students the opportunity to study additional areas where students are encouraged to work towards vendor specific qualifications within their programme of study, such as Microsoft Qualifications in industry recognised areas such as programming or web design.

Other specialised qualifications may also be studied outside of the main programme such as the CISCO CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry) or CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) awards or Microsoft Vendor qualifications.

If the student requires external certification then these costs are not included in the course fee and information on these costs can be obtained from Cisco or Microsoft directly.

Solihull College & University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

You will be need to access the relevant text books, learning resources and provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, paper, plastic wallets, folders for the production of coursework.

Additional qualifications may be offered during the course at an additional cost to the student.

We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and course material for each academic year of the course.

Have you got a question about this course?

If you have any question regarding the course please contact Dr Alex Gibb


What can I do after this course?

Students may be able to progress onto the Top Up Degree BSc (Hons) Networking & Security with a minimum of 240 credits and a Merit Profile.


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