BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathways students enrol on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks at Glasgow Caledonian University.

In the first two years, you will study either HND Cyber Security, HND Computer Networking or HND Computing Technical Support at Glasgow Clyde College while preparing for year three and four of the degree.

Study BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks at GCU and you will study materials direct from the professionally recognised CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate and CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional qualifications. With additional study and assessment, you can go on to become Cisco certified.

Choose the cyber security college pathway if:

  • you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
  • you want to graduate into the growing cyber security sector
  • you want the information and system security skills that the leading IT consultancies and departments are looking for
  • you expect a period of paid work experience as part of your degree
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working in the latest security labs, working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study
  • you would like to option of going on to further postgraduate study or Cisco certification

Your career

These programmes will prepare you for entering the communication networks, security engineering and digital forensics sector, an industry which employs one in three of all jobs within the IT sector. This sector is becoming increasingly complex, with particular need for digital forensics, digital security, ethical hacking, wireless and mobile specialist skills.

We would expect digital security graduates to embark on a range of career pathways including government agencies, law enforcement or associated private sector agencies, business, supporting specialist roles such as forensic practitioners, penetration testers (ethical hackers) and security and forensic consultants.

In collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College you will study an enhanced HND Cyber Security, HND Computing Networking or HND Computing Technical Support for two years at one of their college campus before progressing into full-time study in year three at Glasgow Caledonian University. While studying at our partner college you will gain a great grounding in the field of Computing.

Year 3

Advanced Routing, Digital Forensic Investigation, Ethical Hacking, Advanced Switching, Integrated Design Project 3, Research Skills and Professional Issues.

Year 4

Web Application Security, Internet Security, Network Simulation, Regulating the Information Society, Honours Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2022
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2022 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBC or equivalent

Progression criteria Progress to year three with a 30 Credit HND - graded units A

English language IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

College-based: This information will be available from the college itself
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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We have full industrial standard CISCO labs where networks can be analysed and investigated for vulnerabilities. These allow the students to plan, design, implement, secure and troubleshoot complex enterprise class networks. These labs are the largest in Scotland supported by over 200 devices. We also have a fully-equipped digital forensic security laboratory utilising current generation iMacs. We use virtual machines to simulate a wide range of different operating systems and environments to provide a safe resource for cyber security learning. Mobile and tablet based attacks are increasing, and we are fully resourced to interface with these devices. Students use industry-standard tools such as Metasploit, Nessus, nMap, XRY and Cellbrite to assess system security. Recent investments in our virtualized distance learning platform enables students to continue their learning off campus, this includes our innovative Netlab online laboratory system supporting both networking and digital security modules.

The School of Engineering and the Built Environment is an accredited Cisco Academy. The curriculum material from the professionally recognised Cisco Certified Network Associate qualification and Cisco Certified Network Professional is integrated into this programme. With additional work and assessments, you can work to complete these Cisco Certified qualifications.

The programme features an optional one-year sandwich placement which can be undertaken after completion of Year 3. The placement consists of a year of practical paid work experience in a suitable company position. The different types of posts undertaken can be of quite a diverse range but will always relate to your area of study. Recently students have been placed with companies such as IBM, Dell Corporation, National Australia Group, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Strathclyde Police among others. The placement can provide valuable experience to enhance your career prospects following graduation.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

The programme aims to provide graduates with cognitive and practical skills and knowledge of emerging theories, methods and principles. The aim is to establish well-rounded graduates knowledgeable of current and emergent technologies, understand legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of practitioners and have a broad awareness of industry. The programme will encourage students' creative thinking, expand knowledge, confidence and professional values, and has been developed to address contemporary issues in the field of networking infrastructures. A number of integrated approaches are employed to achieve the necessary aims, objectives and learning outcomes required. To this end, a variety of teaching and learning methods and strategies are applied. Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include examinations, coursework, class tests, practical assessments, presentations, computer-based exercises, and written reports. We aim to sustain existing, and seek further industrial partnerships that provide access to case studies and projects, work experience and real world problems. The school is also academic partners with The Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers. The course provides a career orientated learning experience from a school that is an approved provider of professional certification for, amongst others Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and 7Safe.

The programme places a significant emphasis on developing advanced practical technical skills and then benchmarking these against industry standard professional qualifications, allowing us to assess students by a number of different methods, depending on the nature of the module studied. The programme of study develops the soft skills expected by employers, such as writing, research and team working skills. In keeping with the relevant nature of this course, students are expected to solve realistic problems drawn from industry. In the third year, students will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement and continue to the Honours year at the end of this period. Students who follow this programme of study can expect to be taught in the best suite of network and security engineering labs in Scotland, and possibly the UK, providing an unmatched hands-on learning experience. Our substantial Netlab system allows us to offer remote access to our equipment enabling many of the practical labs to be undertaken off-campus.