This is an exciting new qualification in cyber security. You will gain a deeper understanding in areas of cyber security, ethical hacking and digital forensics, and further develop your knowledge and skills secured in the first year.

You will build on your first year skills and knowledge learning how to think like a hacker, and gain a deeper understanding of security issues and concerns. The course continues to introduce characteristics of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. You will further understand how to develop security policies that comply with cyber security laws.

Reflecting rapidly growing business needs, you will deepen your knowledge in 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.

  • Computer Security
  • Networking Virtualisation
  • Communication
  • Team Working
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Preparation for Vendor Qualifications
  • One year full-time
  • Computer operating systems
  • Digital forensics
  • Server administration for cyber security
  • Wireless device security
  • HND Cyber Security: Graded Unit 2 (project)
  • Penetration testing
  • Computer programming
  • Routing technology
  • Open source operating systems: Introduction to command line
  • Direct entry into year 2 (HND) requires the full, successful completion of the related HNC with 15 SQA credits.
  • For applicants who do not currently have the full 15 SQA credits, please contact us at for further support on the options available to you to be accepted onto this HND course.
  • 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
  • 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