SCQF Level 8

Course Overview

This is a 2 year Associate Degree course with Napier University. Students on this course enjoy dual enrolment with both institutions and the benefits of being a member of both.

This course offers the opportunity to go on placement in year 3

This Cyber Security course will teach you essential knowledge in cybersecurity and securing technology infrastructure against cybercrime. During this course, you will learn fundamental skills that underpin the technology we use today, such as computer programs, websites, computer networks and databases. Edinburgh College has strong industry connections with Edinburgh based digital companies. These companies can provide expert advice, guidance and placement opportunities.


This course will teach you advanced learning on how to secure computer systems through forensic analysis to find traces of attacks or infrastructure vulnerabilities that could be exploited. You will explore common ways in which attackers perform hacks through a variety of real case studies and hands-on workshops in Edinburgh College state-of-the-art computer labs. This course will give you the skills and entry requirements needed to progress into the year 3 university level of study or into employment in the cybersecurity sector.

Edinburgh College’s computing department and computing students consistently win competitions both nationally and internationally. This course is highly regarded and recognised in the industry and sought after by employers.

The course curriculum is aligned to a variety of industry recognised vendor qualifications and can help you gain the knowledge to prepare to sit those certifications. Such as CISCO Cyber Essentials; CompTIA Security+, CCNA Security, Palo Alto

What You Will Learn
  • Computer Networking Concepts
  • Setting up, Maintaining and Securing Computer Networks
  • Basic Computer Programming
  • Digital Forensics,
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Data Security
  • Linux
  • SQL
  • Penetration Testing
  • Firewall
Placement Information
  • This course offers the opportunity to go on placement in year 3
Entry Requirements
  • For school leavers: Three Highers, to include a B Pass in Mathematics,  Computing or a Science and two other C Passes.
  • For college learners:  A SCQF Level 6 Computing qualification in Cyber or Networking.

For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you.

If you have not studied a CISCO networking course before then it is recommended that you join NPA Cyber Security and Networking Essentials class first to gain the underpinning knowledge and skills.



English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0  and Ideally no component below 5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some end of unit tests 
  • There will be a final graded exam  for year 1
  • A graded dissertation style project in year 2
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • At an interview, you will be asked to take part in a Skills and Experience screening exercise this will be on a computer.
  • Please bring along any qualification certificates
  • Further course information will be provided by a lecturer on the course as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • 3rd-year entry to Napier University BEng Cyber Security and Forensics 
  • Other universities and courses at year 1 or 2.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week class contact time, although this is a very demanding course and there is a proportion of self-study required.
  • It is recommended that you can commit at least 4.5 days per week to studying for this course and assignments and projects will be set for you to complete in your own time.
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We are sorry this course is currently full, Pease consider our HND Networking Cyber Security and Forensics (BEng Hons Cyber Security Networks and Systems) course. The content is very similar and it also has 3rd Year entry to the Napier BEng Cyber Security Degree.

To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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