This is a two year programme which is equivalent to three A Levels. Cyber Security is a fast growing area in IT with a predicted global shortfall of 3.5 million skilled cyber security professionals by 2021. This course will provide you with the practical networking infrastructure knowledge required for cyber security. You will then learn the cyber security skills needed to protect and monitor a network as well as ethical hacking and incident management skills. With a combination of technical, practical and professional content the course has been designed to develop your practical knowledge and understanding in Cyber Security from a networking and infrastructure point of view with a focus on providing you with industry standard skills. As a result, you will have the opportunity to obtain industrial certifications. This course will cover units including cyber security, global information, computer networks, IT technical support, mobile technology and developing a smarter planet. Additionally, you will gain skills in: ethical hacking/penetration testing, Linux, securing networks, cyber security risk management and Cloud computing. This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units, which are an additional component to enhance your employability. You will have the opportunity to under take Microsoft technical associate exams. You will undertake a team project based on Security and Networking concepts, cyber security and networking concepts. You will also be able to enter a college run Hackathon.
Career Opportunities / Progression
Following the completion of the extended diploma you may progress to HND courses, Foundation Degree in Networking and IT Infrastructure, University degree courses or employment within the IT industry.
Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Preference may be given to those with Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy at Grade C or equivalent.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Following the completion of the extended diploma, you may progress to the Foundation Degree in cyber security and networking infrastructure, HND courses, university degree courses or employment within the IT industry.