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HND Cyber Security

HND Cyber Security


    Course Title: HND Cyber Security
    Group Award Code: GP83 16
    SCQF Level: 8
    Credit Value: 30
    SCQF Points: 240
    Duration: 2 Year
    Mode of Learning: Full Time
    Intakes: Aug and Jan

    Course Introduction:

    Everybody is fascinated with the information technology (IT) and its persistent prospects. When encountered with a new challenge, individuals probe a solution in an analytical way. A career in computing cyber security can bring all of your strengths together to tackle any vague and unresolved computer related issues which an individual can ever imagine. ITPT Higher National programs in cyber security course comprehensively covers all cyber vulnerability aspects. We teach exactly what you prefer in a fast-paced, innovative industry that values radical professionals.

    Cyber security is the drill of shielding computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It is also called an information technology security. A compromised application could provide access to the data, it’s designed to protect. These attacks are usually aimed at accessing, retrieving, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or sabotaging normal business processes. Implementing effective cybersecurity measure reduces the risk of cyber-attacks and protects against the authorisation exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

    Cyber Security jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction.
    At ITPT, we have combined several standalone units in HNC Cyber Security to prepare individuals for a career in the IT industry such as Cisco, CompTIA, EC-Council, and etc. This will also enable learners to attain any global Vender specific certifications accordingly.

    Unlike many degrees, this course is vocationally focused and therefore can lead straight to a career. Moreover, they’re a great stepping stone to a higher qualification, as you can choose to ‘top up’ an HND with extra studies, in order to convert it to a bachelor’s degree.
    These technologies can be learned and mastered by completing the both HNC & HND.

    Entry Requirements

    Minimum Entry Requirements is likely to include at least one of the following:

    • National Certificate in Computing at SCQF level 5 or level 6 or a combination of both
    • Anyone relevant Higher (SCQF level 6) together with Maths and Computing or a Science
    • Relevant National Progression Awards such as Computing: Digital Media, Technical Support, Software development, Cyber Security at SCQF level 5 or 6
    • Applicants with relevant experience but without formal qualifications may be accepted via interview. IT Professional Training recognises that many students come to the institutes with a wide range of expertise, skills and knowledge that has never been officially assessed. This may have been gained through a variety of personal situations
    • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
    • Students may gain direct entry into the second year of the HND if they have already completed the HNC

    What learners will study?
    Higher National qualifications provide both practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the current employer’s requirements. Students will study a selection of appropriate units designed to develop student’s skills and competencies to enable further study in a Degree Programme.

    Topics may include:

    • Fundamentals of Data Practice and Security &
    • Basic Principles and Practice of Computer Programming & Advanced Level
    • Contemporary Local Area Networks (LAN)
    • Setting up, Maintaining, Preserving and Securing Computer Network Devices
    • Ethical Hacking unit will help to understand the nature of threat, factors and tools used by hackers
    • Digital Forensics Fundamentals & Progressive level
    • Introduction: Principles of Computer Architecture and Basic Operating
    • Professionalism and Ethics in Cyber Security
    • Identifying weaknesses and strengths of a system with Penetration Testing help
    • Firewall Essentials knowledge helps to reduce the risk of attacks
    • Identifying internet of things knowledge and concepts
    • Server Administration for Cyber Security
    • Working in Cyber Security
    • Wireless Device Security
    • Computer Operating Systems
    • Scripting for Security cyber online attacks and its preventions
    • Configuring Routing & Switching Technology


    Assessment Strategies:

    Assessment will be mainly continuous, with a mixture of practical and theoretical assessments. There are also Graded Unit 1 and 2 exams which is a closed book & project based examination.


    How & who will be teaching the course?

    This inspiring, learner dedicated Higher National Programme will be delivered to students by our highly professional teaching staff with significant Cyber Security experience. All Tutors has got relevant experience and accredited certifications from vendor’s neutrals such as Cisco, CompTIA, and EC Council.
    There will be a mixture of class lecturers, Labs, group projects and presentations.

    Hands on Experience:
    Students will be working on live equipment such as Routers, Switches, Firewalls and other relevant security devices.


    Course Development Routes

    This Higher National Qualification integrates learning materials from industry standard vendors such as Cisco and CompTIA which can help students to prepare for a variety of vendor certification exams.
    On completion of this qualification or during the course, units relevant to any particular vendor’s certification students can appear to equip themselves with the global recognised and employers demand certificates from any of the following:

    • CCISO (Certified Information Security Officer) – EC Council
    • Certified Data Collection Technician (CDaCT) – Foundation
    • Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials
    • Cisco CCNA
    • Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner Certification
    • CompTIA PenTest+
    • CompTIA Network +

    All vendors external exams fee has to be borne by the students but being a partner with PearsonVue Authorised Testing Venue we can get student’s discounts on their CompTIA exam vouchers.

    In HND, there will be more opportunity to learn further vendors based on SQA units which will help students to attain further vendors specific certificate which is today’s employers demand.

    Academic Progression Route upon Course Completion
    On completion of this course, candidates will move on to the following:
    1. 2nd year in HND Cyber Security

    HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HNC Cyber Security should allow direct entry into the 1st or Second year of most degree programmes, and the HND in Cyber Security should allow direct entry to most third year programmes.

    All universities has their own assessing criteria, admission to the relevant year will also depends upon student grades.

    Jobs/Employment Roles

    Graduates from this programme will be well-positioned to apply for industry jobs in Cyber Security or Networking such as;
    1. Data Protection Officer
    2. Data Security Administrator
    3. Data Security Analyst
    4. Ethical Hacker
    5. Forensics Engineer
    6. Information Systems Administrator
    7. Information Security Architect
    8. Information Systems Auditor
    9. Penetration Tester
    10. Security Analyst
    11. Security Incident Response team member
    12. Junior Security Software Developer
    13. Security Software Administrator
    14. Virus Technician
    15. Vulnerability Assessor
    16. Web Administrator
    17. Network Security Administrator
    18. Network Security Support Technician
    19. IT Security Technician


    Application Process:

    All applications are subject to an interview to assess suitability in terms of academic qualifications and inspiration. Reference will also be considered.
    Students will be invited for a group and/or individual interview to attend an interview with a member of the course team where they will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why they are interested in this particular area.

    Application Forms

    The forms are available to download from our website (HNC/HND Application Form) or it can be collected from the Admissions Office at ITPT Granton Campus.
    Applications can be submitted through our website. Apply Online.

    Funding Available:


    Download: SAAS Full Time/Part Time Funding Guide, Full Time Forms, Part Time Forms

    Read: Full Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Part Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Disabled students’ allowance (DSA)

    2. SDS – Flexible learning opportunity (who are currently employed in Scottish Based organisation not more than 100 employees can also apply for the course funding)

    Students who don’t qualify for the above fundings:
    How much will HNC/HND course cost?

    For students living (domiciled) in Scotland or the European Union and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees will apply:

    Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)


    Full-time per year (can be paid in instalments)  £1,285
    Part-time (can be divided per unit)  £1,285

    For the rest of UK students

    For students living (domiciled) in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland and studying this course, the following fees will apply:

    Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)


    Full-time per year (can be paid in instalments)  £6,510
    Part-time (can be divided per unit)  £4,510

    Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

    We also provide flexible fee instalments to help students in paying their fee.

    There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies and also to cover the cost of living whilst studying. Contact the college for more details.

    Admission Queries

    To apply for this course, please fill this form and send us on admissions@itpt.co.uk.

    If you require further information please contact us at:

    Email: info@itpt.co.uk



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