• Computing

    NPA Cyber Security

  • Eligible Schools

    All Ayrshire schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilwinning Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday 2 pm – 4 pm

    1 Year

Who is the course for

Cyber security is the technologies, processes and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber-attacks. It is one of the fastest evolving areas within business and government today, as online systems and networks are the foundations of the digitally-enabled economy.

Employment in Cyber Security is expected to continuously grow as people, companies and economies rely more on digital technology.

You can choose a NPA Cyber Security as one of your school subject choices. You will be required to spend two afternoons per week at College.

What is the course about

Cyber security is the technologies, processes and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber-attacks. It is one of the fastest evolving areas within business and government today, as online systems and networks are the foundations of the digitally-enabled economy. 

Employment in Cyber Security is expected to continuously grow as people, companies and economies rely more on digital technology. 

On this course you will learn about data securitythis includes understanding the legal and ethical obligations around storing and sharing personal and business data, explaining the causes and effects of data security breaches and protecting data against security breaches. 

You’ll be doing digital forensics;  this involves explaining the digital forensics process, applying relevant techniques in acquiring data and examining digital evidence. 

You will also learn about ethical hacking; this means understanding what current tools and techniques are used by ethical and malicious hackers to compromise computer systems.

You’ll find out about current legislation relating to computer crime and hacking, and how to perform a routine penetration test on a computer system within a controlled environment.

What do I need

For a place on this course, you’ll need:

  • A keen interest in Computing in general and the cyber world in particular
  • To have, or be working towards, National 4 or 5 qualifications, including Maths and English

How will I be assessed

The 3 units in the National Progression Award are assessed in college using a holistic approach to generating evidence of knowledge & understanding and practical abilities.

This will involve a mixture of case studies, reports, presentations, tests and practical assignments.

Next Steps

Successful completion of the course may allow you to progress to:

  • NC Computing
  • NC Games and Software Development

Partly depending on your other qualifications.

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Campus

Kilwinning

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