SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

If you are intersted in a carear in Computing, IT or Cyber Security then this is a great addition to your CV.

The course is accredited by CISCO, the largest global tech infrastructure company, which to businesses in the sector is a household name for quality graduates.

The Cybersecurity Essentials course develops foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security. The course introduces students to characteristics of cyber crime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

The course runs on Friday afternoons and is anticipated to be at the Sighthill campus, but can also run seccessufully online.

What You Will Learn
  • Learn procedures to implement data confidentiality, integrity, availability and security controls on networks, servers and applications.
  • Understand security principles and how to develop security policies that comply with cybersecurity laws.
  • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests. The course is delivered through CISCO netAcad Portal, giving flexability to work at your own pace if you want to read ahead.
Entry Requirements
  • Students should have a minimum of 4 national 4's one of which should be in Maths and be studying towards 5 National 5's one of which should be in Maths.
  • The 5 National 5's are the minimum requirement  for progression to another course after this one, in the area of Computing.
  • If someone just wants to study this course without progression , then other entry requirements will be considered. Please put current Quals and the Quals you are studying towards,  on your application.
  • We have a screening activity which can be used to help assess students ability to do this course.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is assessed through practical activities and online Quizes and tests.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • We have a screening activity which can be used to help assess students ability to do this course.
Progression And Articulation Routes

With this Qualification and the National 4 entry requirements you could be considered for:

  • Access to Cyber Security, Software and Web

With sufficient National 5's and this qualification you can be considered for:

  • NPA Cyber Security and Networking
  • NPA Software and Web
  • NPA Cyber Security and Digital Design

With Relevant Highers in addition to this qualification you could be considered for:

  • HND Cyber Security
  • HND Netoworks and Systems
  • HNC Computer Science


Number Of Days Per Week
  • Friday afternoons - August to June
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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