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Cyber Security HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is subject to SQA validation.

HNC Cyber Security is an SCQF Level 7 course incorporating the National Progression Award (NPA) in Cyber Security which aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber-attacks and Cyber threats. 

Cyber security is one of the fastest evolving areas within business and government today as online systems make up the foundations of the digitally-enabled economy. Employment in the area of Cyber security is predicted to increase fivefold in the next two years and there is already a shortage of people who are able to work in this field.

This course provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to prepare for further study or employment in this rapidly developing area.

The course is delivered by lecturers with a wide range of industry experience.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant subject* AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade B or above including Mathematics, Physics or Computing Science OR
  • NQ Cyber-Security OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

* Relevant subjects include Computing Science, Mathematics or Physics.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

In studying this award you will cover a range of practical, industry-relevant subjects including: 

  • Data Security.
  • Securing Networking Devices.
  • Scripting for Security.
  • Internet of Things.
  • Computer Programming.
  • Database Systems.
  • Digital Forensics Case Studies.
  • Ethical Hacking.
  • Penetration Testing.

After the course


This qualification can be used to gain entry-level employment in this field.

Continuing Study

Successful students can go on to study the second year of the programme (ie HND Cyber-Security) or entry to a relevant degree course at a number of universities.


How the course is taught

We adopt a student centred approach to learning where your tutors will facilitate your learning and comprehension through individual and group work. Your theory and knowledge will be backed up with lots of hands-on practical experience gained in our dedicated computing labs in our new campus. All our teaching materials are available through our ‘MyCity’ online learning environment.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome