Cyber Security SCQF Level 7

This course will provide you with the required knowledge to stop malicious individuals, and improve organisations security infrastructure.


Why take this course?

The need for cyber security specialists in the modern workplace is paramount, all organisations have an obligation to ensure that their network, applications and data is secure. This course will provide you with the skills to meet the industry requirements.

We will introduce you to Networking and what practices we can put in place to secure a Network from attacks, you will learn about programming and how this can help you become a better Cyber Security specialist, and we will introduce you to the laws that affect Cyber Security specialists and the effects that these laws can have on companies and individuals.

What you will experience

Learn how malicious attacks target computer networks and software programs and get the opportunity to undergo a scenario in Ethical Hacking and Digital Forensics using a state–of–the–art program used by Police Scotland.

Opportunities exist to for guest speakers to visit the College, compete against other colleges in the World Skills competitions and attend cyber security themed events where you can meet people in the industry.

Students on this course can apply for one our paid intern positions working on the student IT Helpdesk. This is a great opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt while supporting students at College.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are two Highers at Grade C or above — we would prefer that one of the Highers were Computing Science.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Students progressing from Advanced Computing with Cyber Security at SCQF Level 6 can also gain entry to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

The HNC will lead into the HND level, which will be available for 2020/21.

At University

On completion of this two-year course, successful students can progress onto university cyber security degree programmes with our partner universities.


Students who successfully complete this course may be able to get an entry level job in Cyber Security, some examples include:

  • Computer Forensics Analyst
  • Computer Forensics Engineer
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Vulnerability Tester


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications 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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