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Cyber Security Accelerated
BSc (Hons)


Get ready to tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime and build resilient systems of the future with a 2-year accelerated Cyber Security BSc (Hons) at UA92.
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BA (Hons) Accelerated




2 Years


Sep / Jan / Apr


2024/25 | 2025/26



Male cyber security student at UA92

Course Introduction

What you will learn

Delivered in our super-modern Digital Academy, and with a focus on industry, this 2-year accelerated Cyber Security degree covers all the same content as the 3-year degree, just quicker! In two years, you’ll master back-end and front-end development skills and your programming will be on point, with languages like JavaScript, SQL, C# and Python under your belt.

There’s plenty of real-world experience in this short course. Using the latest technologies, you’ll try your hand at building secure web-based applications and implementing cyber security policies, technologies and solutions. You’ll learn about the world of cyber-crime, understand how to identify and tackle risk, and get to grips with important ethical and legal issues.

So, if you’re looking for a fast-track cyber security course in Manchester, check out our 2-year accelerated BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree and unlock your greatness at UA92.

Professional Certifications

As an accelerated Cyber Security student, you will get the chance to gain additional professional, industry-recognised certifications alongside your degree study. These additional qualifications are often full or part-funded and are a great opportunity to maximise your skillset for your future career. Examples of Professional Certificates that students have completed include AWS Cloud Certified Practitioner, CompTIA Data+ and Cisco CCNA.

How You Will Study


36 weeks of
study per year


6 x 6-week blocks

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module

250 hours of
study per module


80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)


No traditional
end-of-year exams**


Year 1 – 100% coursework

Year 2 – 100% coursework

Your course modules

Module 1 - Front End Development

You’ll get to grips with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, learning how to design and build a website based using a real-world scenario.

Module 2 - Back-End Development

You’ll take an in depth look at Webservers, that form the backbone of the Internet. You’ll gain an understanding of Linux system management, PHP programming language, Structured Query Language (SQL) and database development theory; whilst building a database-based webserver app hosted on a Linux based server.

Module 3 - Software Design

You’ll take a look at how software systems are developed from inception to delivery and testing. You’ll learn about both traditional software development lifecycle and agile methodologies as well as complete a group design assignment to simulate a workplace team working environment.

Module 4 - Fundamentals of Cyber Security

This module covers the nature of cyber-crime threat actors and hazards and the importance of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI).

Module 1 - Operating Systems

Covers understanding OS capabilities, vulnerabilities and differences. Factors such a performance monitoring, process, resources and memory managed are taught so that given real life scenarios, the most suitable OS’s are selected with technical justification.

Module 2 - Cyber Security and Risk

You’ll learn how to identify and mitigate risks and how to build systems that are resilient and robust to threat, using cyber security principles. You’ll focus on the management SQL injection attack and how to mitigate Denial of Service attacks.

Module 3 - Information Systems

You’ll study advanced SQL programming, gaining an in depth knowledge about database technologies used to implement information systems. You’ll also look at the formal processes for documenting system requirements that are used to generate the code.

Module 4 - Secure Coding

How write robust secure code by adopting best practise as specified by bodies such as CyBOK and OWASP is covered, together with practices to mitigate interfacing to other system.

Module 1 - Network Security

You’ll evaluate the risks posed to networks and how to mitigate them using standards and policies, and implement various methods of securing networks through finding vulnerabilities via elements of ethical hacking and penetration testing.

Module 2 - Human Elements of System Design

You’ll get a solid grounding in user interface principles; discover why developing a system that practices good user design principles is essential for any computing system, public facing website, or internal corporate system.

Module 3 - Contemporary Issues in Computer Science

You’ll take a look at some of the most contemporary issues within Computer Science, such as remote working, automation and automated transport; understanding how ethical and legal issues can impact on the process of information systems development.

Module 4 - Final Project

You’ll undertake a large-scale Cyber Security project based on an actual computing brief. You’ll draw on your knowledge and skills to deliver a comprehensive, quality solution to a real-world security based computing problem.

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not arrive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of each academic year (or level of study) to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience. This is more than a degree. It’s preparation for life.

  • Degrees awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development


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NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*


Old Trafford Campus

This is where our story began, back in 2019. The UA92 Campus is in the heart of Old Trafford, Manchester. Inside there's a fully equipped Sports Performance Centre, Media Studio and Digital Academy. The tram stop is a 1 minute walk, which gets you into the heart of Manchester city-centre in under 10 minutes.  
UA92 Old Trafford Campus Brian Statham Way Old Trafford Manchester UK M16 0PU

My UA92 Journey: Computer Science

What’s next for a Cyber Security graduate?

As the digital world expands, the threat and seriousness of cyber-crime is growing fast. It has the power to bring down systems that are critical to our way of life and put our national security at risk. 

We need more experts in cyber security, quickly, to keep us and our data safe in a fast-changing world. Cyber security professionals are in demand, and this demand is reflected in pay, with cyber security analysts currently receiving an average salary of around £43,000.

After this two year course, you’ll be set up for cyber security roles across a huge range of sectors including government, health, education, infrastructure and finance.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Cyber Security Team

Damian Payton
Head of Digital

Steph Riley
Senior Lecturer

Ali Alizari
Senior Lecturer

Ngozi Nneke

Omar Ailobadi


Our friendly ambassadors are ready to answer your questions. Click on the ‘Ask me a question’ button to start a conversation.

*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

**There may be exams in some subject areas, but we avoid this where possible. Any exams will be undertaken at the end of the module instead of at the end of the academic year.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.


The standard entry requirements for the accelerated BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree course is 104 UCAS points.* However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered if you have less than 104 UCAS Points. Alternatively, we have other courses that we can offer. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.


  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)


  • UCAS Points: 104
  • A Levels: BCC (104 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DMM
  • BTEC Diploma: D*D
  • T Levels: M
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AB
  • IB: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects


Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.


International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 28 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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