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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please note: This course is now full and is closed to applications.


Beginning with the fundamentals of cyber security, you will learn the basic methods hackers use to infiltrate computer systems and how to prevent unauthorised access. 

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  7

Mode –  Full time

Duration - 1 year

The huge increase in digital technology has had an enormous impact on society as a whole. There is a critical reliance on the internet and with a surge in the number of connected devices, the internet has become a tool for terrorism, crime and exploitation.

As a result, cyber security has become a key priority for the government as they attempt to protect against the ongoing threats that the digital revolution continues to throw up. 

HNC Cyber Security student Scott Smith reflects on his time at West Lothian College in this video

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    What the course includes

    The course includes: 

    • Ethical Hacking
    • Internet Security
    • Digital Security
    • Digital Forensics
    • Firewall Security to PALO ALTO standards
    • Network Concepts 

Why choose this course

When studying this course you will learn the basics of cyber security, from hacking to data recovery.  Cyber security is becoming the front runner skill set for any business in any sector regardless of size.

Entry requirements

  • One Higher grade pass (Grade C or above) plus 2 National 5 subjects, or an appropriate range of SQA units at National 5 and Higher level. National 5 Maths or equivalent desirable 
  • We welcome mature applicants with relevant experience
  • Basic to moderate computing competency is essential

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: for those who wish to progress to a higher level you can progress to HND or a university course. We have articulation agreements and associate programmes with Napier University with many of our previous students benefiting from this progression.

    Employment: after successful completion of this course you can apply for a range of jobs within computing and ICT. Including cyber security for a large organisation, freelance cyber security and working for a smaller specialist cyber security organisation. 

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for an interview, plan to be in college for around three hours.

Please bring evidence of any qualifications, and/or employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.