Digital Forensics & Security in Computing SCQF Level 5

Learn about data security and how to secure your data if it is stolen by a malicious individual and how to stay safe from malicious attacks.


Why take this course?

It was revealed at the Digital Skills committee meeting in the House of Lords that there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security workers. This increase of the need for Cyber Security Professionals is due to our reliance on devices connected to the Internet. Cyber Attacks are becoming a daily struggle for individuals and businesses to combat.

There is a lack of qualified people to combat these attacks or to help protect these businesses, this course will teach you the fundamentals of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics to help you embark on a career in an ever-increasing environment, where no workday is the same.

What you will experience

You will cover a range of topics including:

Data Security

Where you will be introduced to the concepts around personal and corporate data security, including aspects of legal and ethical obligations,

Ethical Hacking

Raise your awareness of the potential threats from malicious hackers to individuals and organisations, and how ethical hacking can help identify and mitigate these threats.

Digital Forensics

Practical skills in identifying evidential sources across a range of digital devices and media. Using these sources of evidence, you will then analyse and interpret data, identify its relevancy to an enquiry under investigation, and subsequently report that information.

Student at a computer

Key facts

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Entry requirements

A keen interest in Cyber Security is required, either from work or relevant qualifications.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
4 February 2020 18 Weeks Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm £319.00
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6 February 2020 18 Weeks Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm £319.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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