This online course has stemmed from the need to address the growing rise in easily preventable cybercrime. 

There is a current skills shortage in the field of cybersecurity to defend against cyber-attacks. According to recent studies there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds with a 300% increase in reported cybercrime since COVID-19. It is believed that education is key to addressing the skills gap. 


  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the cyber security industry
  • Develop employment skills particularly relating to the cyber security industry
  • Develop study and research skills
  • Develop learning and transferable skills
  • Working with others
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Monday 9-12pm and 1-4pm tutor led sessions
  • Teaching/tutorial support and an average of 7 hours per week independent study

Data Security

Includes the legal and ethical considerations, and the practical methods to protect personal and corporate data. The units will introduce you to the concepts around personal and corporate data security, including aspects of legal and ethical obligations.

Ethical Hacking

You will gain an understanding of the potential threats and tools that can be used by malicious hackers to target individuals and organisations. By the end of this unit, you will have the ability to implement techniques and technologies used to defend systems from attack and evaluate the Scottish, UK, and EU legislation and ethics of hacking.

Digital Forensics

  • You will gain knowledge of the principles and the integrity of the process involved in forensically examining digital evidence. You will also gain practical skills in identifying evidential sources across a range of digital devices and mediums. Using these sources of evidence, you will then analyse and interpret data, its relevancy to an enquiry under investigation and the subsequent reporting of that information.


  • Web Apps: Presentations
  • Web Apps: Spreadsheets 
  • Three National 3s (preferably including one of Maths, Computer Science or Physics).
  • Intermediate Certificate: Computing with Digital Media Level 5.
  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Project manager – cyber security
  • Network engineer
  • Network penetration tester
  • Computer forensic practitioner