SCQF Level 7

Course Overview

This is a 2 year Associate Degree course with Napier University. Students on this course enjoy dual enrolment with both institutions and the benefits of being a member of both.

This Cyber Security will teach you essential knowledge in cybersecurity and securing technology infrastructure against cybercrime. During this course you will learn fundamental skills that underpin the technology we use today such as computer programs, websites, computer networks and databases. Edinburgh College has strong industry connections with Edinburgh based digital companies. These companies can provide expert advice, guidance and placement opportunities.

This course will teach you advanced learning on how to secure computer systems through forensic analysis to find traces of attacks or infrastructure vulnerabilities that could be exploited. You will explore common ways in which attackers perform hacks through a variety of real case studies and hands-on workshops in Edinburgh College state-of-the-art computer labs. This course will give you the skills and entry requirements needed to progress into HND and university levels of study or into employment in the cybersecurity sector. Edinburgh College’s computing department and computing students consistently win competitions both nationally and internationally. This course is highly regarded and recognised in the industry and sought after by employers.

The course curriculum is aligned to a variety of industry recognised vendor qualifications and can help you gain the knowledge to prepare to sit those certifications. Such as CISCO Cyber Essentials; CompTIA Security+ CCNA Security

What You Will Learn

  • Computer Networking Concepts
  • Setting up, Maintaining and Securing Computer Networks
  • Basic Computer Programming
  • Digital Forensics,
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Data Security
  • Linux
  • SQL
  • Penetration Testing
  • Firewall

Entry Requirements
  • For school leavers: Three Highers at C pass to include Mathematics and Computing or a Science
  • For college learners: SCQF Level 6 Computing qualification

For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you

English Proficiency Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5

How the course is assessed

  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some end of unit tests 
  • There will be a final exam  

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • At an interview, you will be asked to take part in a Skills and Experience screening exercise this will be on a computer.
  • Please bring along any qualification certificates
  • Further course information will be provided by a lecturer on the course as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions
Number Of Days Per Week

  • 2.5 days per week (approximately)


Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
After completing year 2 of the HND with a grade B, you will progress straight to year 3 of BEng Cyber security and Forensics at Napier University.
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Computing Overview

​Master the skills in digital media editing, database administration, social media and e-commerce, web design, animation, 3D modelling, programming in C#, PHP, Actionscript, Javascript, Java and C++, scripting, batching, network architechture and forensics, all taught by industry veteran lecturers with extensive real life experience.

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