PG Cert Cyber Security

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PG Cert Cyber Security
Organisations around the world have never been more at risk of cyber attacks due to the greater role that data and technology play across all operations. This 100% online short conversion course is intended for individuals interested in cyber security who don't have the required academic background or work experience to enter this field.
PG Cert Cyber Security programme overview
Through this online PG Cert Cyber Security, you will gain essential cyber security knowledge as well as explore the latest trends in this field. You will also develop an understanding of how to reduce vulnerabilities and promote defences within digital systems. Cyber security professionals are increasingly sought after, so at the end of your studies, you will be able to unlock careers in a wide range of sectors. You will also be able to continue your studies and advance onto our PG Dip or Masters programme.
PG Cert Cyber Security teaching methods
We're a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.
For our PG Cert Computer Science, there's no need to download different software packages. All programming languages are included within the tuition fee, and all work is carried out in an online development environment.
PG Cert Cyber Security assessment methods
All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres to sit exams; instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.
We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:
assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team
We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
PG Cert Cyber Security study duration
8 months – online and part-time
PG Cert Cyber Security programme structure
You can study the following modules on the PG Cert Cyber Security:
Launching into Cyber Security*
Network and Information Security Management
Information Risk Management
Secure Software Development
* This module is core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.
PG Cert Cyber Security entry requirements
At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our PG Cert Cyber Security, which considers academic or work-based experience. 
Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification
Work experience entry route
You must meet the following criteria:
at least three years' relevant work experience 
English language requirement
Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don't hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
PG Cert Cyber Security career prospects
There is a huge level of demand for computer science professionals and this course is designed to enable you to make a career change to this technical field. After completing your studies, you will be prepared to succeed in roles such as Entry Level Software Developer, Risk Analyst, Threat Management, Secure Systems Designer/Programmer or Information Systems Administrator.
PG Cert Cyber Security fees and funding
Full tuition fees – £7,482 (2020-21) * 
Our PG Cert Cyber Security tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits.  
Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
Full payment discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.
A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**
Postgraduate student loans are available in England for the full Masters degrees only.
Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.
* This tuition fee is net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.
** To find out whether you're eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online's Admissions team.



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