Level 2 Certificate in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics – QAN 603/1452/7

Purpose Statement

The following page and links are designed as a purpose statement for this qualification.  The page will give information to students, parents, employers and others interested in the qualification as to its purpose and key characteristics.  The page will also offer any endorsements for the qualification.

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is for students aged 14-16 as part of their Key Stage 4 programme of study.  It is designed for students who are interested in the world of Cyber Security and online safety, and the skills and knowledge required to defend important information, either their own or those of an organisation.  It is also a general qualification in the effective and efficient use of online technology and practices where security is an increasingly important consideration.

Who might be interested in taking this course?

The course is a broad ranging course covering all aspects of cyber security and digital safety with a focus on the practical application of skills and understanding, particularly through an extended project unit. The course is underpinned by generic IT skills related to digital literacy in acquiring and using the knowledge, skills and bahaviour to support the course.  Any students who use digital technology to create or share material, wish to support an online community, or who wish to pursue a career or further study in IT or the growing Cyber Security industry will benefit from the skills and understanding on offer.

What will the student study?

  • The programme of study develops an appreciation of the wide range of threats that exist in the digital space and the different ways these threats are carried out.
  • The linked unit structure allows learners to develop a “joined up” view of the Cyber Security and the way that it impacts upon their lives and the personal decisions they make everyday.
  • The “themed” sets of practical units build a digital portfolio that showcase a true “Can do” capability to tutors or agencies recruiting students to level 3 courses or to an advanced apprenticeship programme

The course will be supported with resources and practical exercises from industry leading organisations.

The programme of study is divided into 4 sections

Unit Title GLH Credits
The understanding of cyber security and online threats 25 3
The analysis and evaluation of threats 25 3
The application and deployment of security tools and best practice 25 3
Extended Project: defending and online system 50 6


What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

Having studied this qualification you will have knowledge and skills in:

1. The common threats that exist in cyber space
2. The nature and quality of different threats
3. How threats are deployed against hardware and software in systems
4. Why some individuals and organisations carry out these activities
5. The responsibilities that organisations who hold data have to protect that data
6. The laws that help to protect our digital systems and their utility
7. Why the on-line world has increased the challenges to data security
8. Practical skills in using tools used to investigate attacks and secure systems
9. Practical skills in developing a project from research and planning to testing and evaluation

Which subjects will complement this course?

This qualification is complementary to any other academic or technical subject because it is fundamentally about essential digital literacy and IT User skills with a focus on protecting data. Any other subject can provide a context for their development.

Meaningful links can be made with all Ebacc subjects.

For example:

  • Using online resources for subject based research can be investigated for safety of the system before submitting personal details.
  • Discussions about ethics and motivations for cyber crime can be part of PSRE.
  • Business studies can discuss the economic impact of cyber crime and the cost of not addressing it.

While this qualification provides a progression route to the level 3 IT user and practitioner qualifications, it also provides a general educational background that would be suitable support for the great majority of higher level qualifications and occupations.


The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.

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