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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Cyber Security

Key course information

Computing and Information Technology


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

This qualification is designed to provide learners with sector awareness. It will do this by increasing the knowledge and understanding of roles and issues relating to Cyber Security. It will also act as a steppingstone for learners who wish to study cyber security at a higher level.The course is made up of six mandatory units:Introduction to cyber security. The learner will gain an understanding of the need for cyber security and the impact of cybercrime. They will also know about the various job functions in the sector and related key skill requirements.Understand terminology used in cyber security. The learner will understand cyber security terminology, and the concept of social engineering.Understand legal and ethical aspects of cyber security. Learners will understand the key legislation related to cyber security and how to maintain data confidentiality and security. They will also understand ethical and unethical conduct within cyber security.Understand common threats to cyber security. Learners will develop an understanding of malicious software and the ways in which a system can be infected. They will understand common and emerging threats, as well as physical threats to cyber security.Understand methods of maintaining cyber security. Learners will understand the preventative methods used to maintain cyber security, including the principles of user access control and use of firewalls.Working with others in cyber security. The learner will understand team working and the use of interpersonal skills and communication when working in a cyber security role.

What will I learn?

This qualification aims to:
• focus on the study of the principles of cyber security.
• offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge of cyber security.

The objective of this qualification is to:
• provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the principles of cyber security.

Entry Requirements

• Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at the start of the academic year (31st August).
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• If aged 19-23, must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (e.g., QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).
• If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.

This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.

Additional Costs and Information

• This course is free however, we do have a £130 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• Learners can only complete one NCFE course at a time.
• The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.

What Could I Do Next?

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

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices • Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills • Level 3 Award in Cyber Security Leadership • Level 3 Foundation Technical Level IT: Cyber Security.

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