On this brand new course, you will learn how to think like a hacker, and gain a deep understanding of security issues and concerns. The course introduces you to characteristics of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. You will understand how to develop security policies that comply with cyber security laws.

Reflecting rapidly growing business needs, you will learn procedures to implement data confidentiality, integrity, availability and security controls on networks, servers, and applications, building both technical and professional skills to pursue a career in cyber security.


  • One year full-time
  • Two years part-time
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer networking: concepts, practice and introduction to security
  • Computer Programing
  • Data security
  • Digital forensics
  • Ethical hacking
  • Social engineering
  • Internet of things
  • Penetration testing
  • Scripting for security
  • Securing network devices
  • Digital forensic case studies
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Graded Unit

One of the following:

  • Two Highers a Grade C or above in relevant subjects such as Computing Science, Maths, Physics, or Graphic Communication plus four National 5s at Grade C or above including Core Skills Level 5 Literacy
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Information Technology: Hardware/System Support SCQF Level 6 plus four National 5s at Grade C or above
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 6
  • Another relevant course at SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

At the end of this course, providing you meet the articulation requirements, you may be able to progress into year 2 of a BSc (Hons) degree at one of our many partner Universities.

Please see below for more information about progression to University.


  • HND: Cyber Security SCQF Level 8
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Cyber security architect
  • Cyber security administrator
  • Security software developer
  • Cryptographer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Penetration tester
  • Ethical hacker
  • Digital forensics analyst

There really is a digital career for everyone. It doesn't matter whether you're already thinking about a career in digital technology. Or, whether you're still unsure about your options. It could be games development or coding, healthcare or tourism. The skills you already have can help you get a job in the digital sector. 

  • The digital sector is growing to such an extent that there is a need to a fill about 13,000 jobs every year in Scotland.
  • 82% of all job vacancies require digital skills
  • 75% of employers in Scotland are experiencing difficulties in recruiting qualified digital staff
  • Overall, roles requiring digital skills pay 29% over those roles that do not

In Scotland, the tech industry is widely reported as one of the fastest-growing industries contributing £4.9billion to the Scottish economy and supporting nearly 100,000 jobs

Entry level salaries for cyber security professionals are £25,000 and averaging £51,200, which is more than double the average salary.

So, there had never been a better time to start your career in cyber security!!

  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • You will be expected to bring a reference with you
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from your school