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Computer Science — Cyber Security (Level 3)

Key course information

Computing and Information Technology

03/09/2020

2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview


If you are keen to gain a strong background in Computer Science (Cyber Security) that will support progression to roles within the computing industry, higher education or higher apprenticeships, this is the course for you!You’ll gain new knowledge and skills within practical and real-life industry situations, and within our industry standard lab!You’ll study over two years, with the opportunity to gain an AS Level Math in year 1. Supporting progression on to a degree course in Computer Science and related areas such as Cyber Security Management, Computer Science for Cyber Security, Electronic and Computer Engineering.


Several students sat behind their computers
Several students sat behind their computers

What will I learn?


Investigating the many different types of security attack, vulnerabilities and threats, you’ll look at methods used to protect and defend IT systems within organisations, including data encryption. You’ll explore current key forensic technologies and investigative techniques used for forensic practice and develop professional forensic skills.

You’ll examine the relationships between hardware and software within computer systems and the factors and implications of selecting them when building a computer system; studying how the systems work; analysing and solving problems; exploring the logical and structured ways that computer systems process data to develop programs, processes and systems that solve specific problems.

Within computing programming you’ll understand the characteristics of different programming languages, selecting and applying appropriate methodologies to meet a client’s needs; understanding the fundamental principles of control systems and the limitations of the technology when progamming devices and controllers.

You’ll create web applications, and design and develop databases, understanding the available languages, techniques and technologies, whilst gaining practical skills. You’ll demonstrate planning and management skills to deliver a computing project required to meet business needs, on time, within budget and to the required specification.

Entry Requirements


- GCSE Maths at Grade 6/B and 3 GCSEs at Grade 4/C including English Language and Science (or equivalent).

- A good reference.

- A satisfactory interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


- BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computer Science, with additional units (Year 1)

- AS Level Math

Additional Costs and Information


You will be expected to join in course trips to other organisations and exhibitions and this may involve some costs towards travel and entry fees.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Computing and Information Technology


Career Opportunities

  • Project Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Support Technician

  • Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

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