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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure

Course Code: C5158
Campus: Castlereagh
Week Commencing: 19 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
29 Jun 19

This three-year Higher Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure is a three-year work-based programme which enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. Cyber Security is a fast growing area in IT with a predicted global shortfall of 3.5 million skilled cyber security professionals by 2021. Prior to joining this programme, you must be employed in an IT role. You must be employed for over two years while studying one day a week at College. You will be studying for the Foundation Degree in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure, validated by The Open University (subject to approval). You will gain this qualification along with practical skills and relevant work experience in the workplace, which will open new career opportunities for you. It is assessed by examinations and coursework. This apprenticeship is a new and attractive route to higher qualifications while working.  This course will provide you with skills in the following areas: techniques that are used in the real world for cyber security, network design, installation and administration. This is allied with a significant emphasis on cyber security/ethical hacking, system support, professional development and research skills, such that students are properly prepared for their future.  Students will have access to a number of computing labs that are fully equipped with industry standard hardware and software for their use.

This course will provide you with skills in the following areas:
The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. Additional Features: Modules are aligned with the BCS, Cisco and the Microsoft curriculums, utilising both the Cisco Networking Academy and the Microsoft IT Academy Program. This will prepare you for the industry recognised exams that are aligned to the modules.

Industrial Training • BCS - Information Security Management Principles • Cisco IT-Essentials I  ( CompTIA  A+ Cert) • Cisco CCNA (Semester 1 and 2) • Microsoft MCSA

Belfast Met applies The Open University methods and approach to delivery and assessment. Teaching methods: modules are typically assessed through one or more coursework assignments. Depending on the nature of a given coursework assignment, you may be given the assignment specification at the beginning of the module for hand-in at the end of the module, or it may be given later in the module to complete for a set deadline. Normally, you received feedback on coursework within three weeks of submission or completion. Modules also provide ample opportunities for formative feedback to guide you in your learning. A common approach is for activities to be set based on the content of an online unit and then provide you with the opportunity to discuss this work in online discussions. The feedback may be in groups or to you individually. Coursework assignments may involve essays, reports, projects, software development, answering questions, or various combinations of these submitted as a portfolio of work. Coursework assignments may also be individual or collaborative (i.e. involve group work

Career Opportunities / Progression

Successful completion allows for progression onto university degree courses in software engineering and computer science, subject to individual course requirements. There are also employment opportunities upon successful completion of this course

Entry Requirements

Please refer to the College’s admissions criteria, which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Please note the minimum entry requirements for this Foundation Degree are 160 UCAS points or 64 tariff points, GCSEs at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, such as Level 2 Essential Skills in Maths and English.  You must also have a job in an IT role


Tuition Fee


All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

Contact Information

Tel: 028 9053 3151/028 9026 5385 or  email: [email protected]