Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security SCQF Level 5

This course will allow you to focus on desktop support and network technology in IT, and will provide you with the technical abilities to succeed in a computing support role.


Why take this course?

This course will support you in developing skills in desktop support and network technologies – essential for a career in a computing support role.

A National Progression Award (NPA) in Cyber Security is embedded into the programme focusing on data security, data forensics and ethical hacking.

What you will experience

You will learn about installing and maintaining computer software and hardware, as well as computer systems architecture.

You will focus on troubleshooting and securing IT systems, investigate techniques that hackers use to penetrate networked systems and understand how to obtain forensic evidence when cyber-crimes are committed.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed the introductory level course, or have two relevant qualifications at National 5 Grade B (including Computer Science).

An interest in computer hardware and maintenance and trouble-shooting technical problems is also important.

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

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

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


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