Cyber Security level 3

Course Code: CYSCE
Learning Aim Code: 60171248
Full-time / Part-time: Full time
Duration: 1 year
Campus: Wellington Road

Is this the right course for me?

This technical qualification is aimed at 16 to18 year-old learners who are seeking to develop skills and access a range of cyber security roles in a variety of sector settings, or as the first year of a two year programme where learners aspire to achieve the IT: Cyber Security and Security Administration qualification.

What will I learn?

All four of the units in this qualification are mandatory and will provide a core knowledge and understanding of IT: Cyber Security. Focusing on computer networks and the development of an understanding of threats and vulnerabilities all based on underpinning units in the fundamental principles of computing and communication technologies, this qualification will prepare learners to work in this sector. The units for this qualifications are:

  • Fundamental Principles of Computing
  • Communication Technologies
  • Developing and Maintaining Computer Networks
  • Network Threats and Vulnerabilities
Learners will also cover broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which will help them to progress. Learners will develop other transferable technical and practical skills in communication (working with colleagues, customers and clients), and research and project work (giving them the opportunity to show reflective practice by suggesting different approaches to solving a problem).

What skills will I gain?

The learner will cover topics such as:

  • How devices communicate, focusing on both physical transmission methods and the media they use
  • Designing and developing a simple computer network from a user specification and creating a maintenance plan
  • The identification and resolution of a range of threats and vulnerabilities
  • The learner will also develop transferable skills to support their progression into higher education or employment
  • You will also work closely with employers to gain understanding of their security measures and to develop your professional skills. You will be expected to complete work experience during your studies to further increase your understanding of the IT sector.

    You will also develop your maths and English skills throughout the course. If you do not have a grade C or above in English or maths, you will be required to study maths and English alongside the main programme. If you do have a grade C or above, directed study will be a requirement of the course to further develop these skills.

    How will I be assessed?

    There will be 2 external assessments and 2 internal assessments. The external assessments are set and marked by AQA in exam conditions. Formative assessment will be a combination of reports, presentations, group work, witness testimonies and observations.

    What can I do next?

    Learners can progress on to:

  • The second year of the course to gain a full level 3 Technical level in IT: Cyber Security and Security Administration
  • Employment, for example IT Cyber security administrator or IT Cyber security operative
  • Apprenticeship in the Cyber security field of IT
  • What are the Entry Requirements?

    To access this course you are required to have:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, English and one technical subject such as science, IT, graphics, design & technology, etc OR
  • Level 2 ICT-related qualification at distinction/merit level
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