Cyber Security 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?

Want to find out what cyber security is all about? This course will introduce you to the main aspects of cyber security, such as data security, ethical hacking and digital forensics. Cyber security is growing and won't stop. You hear about data breaches all the time so find out how you can help reduce the attacks on the computing industry and be one of the good guys.

What you will experience

During this course, you will undertake the role of a Cyber Security Analyst as you trace an attack and try to gather evidence against an individual. 

You will also learn:

  • Why data is so important and why malicious individuals do what they do;
  • About the types of attacks that can occur on websites, computer networks and PCs;
  • How to protect your data so that it is unreadable to a malicious individual;
  • How Cyber Security Analysts trace the attacks and gain evidence for court cases/criminal cases.
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Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but pupils should expect to work at SCQF Level 5.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are on the course, you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you could consider Higher Computing Science or a Foundation Apprenticeship, or you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Those who wish to pursue employment may find a range of entry-level job opportunities available.


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.