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

Purpose Statement

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Who is the qualification for?

This​ ​qualification​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​for​ students​ ​who​ ​have​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​in digital​ ​security​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ threats​ ​to​ ​IT​ ​systems.​ ​ It​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​give them​ ​a ​broad​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​open​ ​systems​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​then apply​ ​these​ ​to​ the​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​threats​ ​to​ ​IT​ ​systems​ ​and​ ​how​ ​to counter​ ​these.​ ​ It​ would​ ​ suit​ ​any​ ​students​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​working​ ​in​ ​the growing​ ​industry​ ​related​ ​to​ ​cyber​ ​security,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​ students interested​ ​in​ ​general​ ​employment​ ​involving​ ​IT,​ ​networking professions,​ ​infrastructure​ ​management​ ​and​ ​data​ ​management.

Cyber​ ​threats​ ​now​ ​affect​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​IT​ ​and​ ​organisations connected​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Internet,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​almost​ ​all.

What does this qualification cover?

The​ ​qualification​ ​covers​ ​the​ ​current​ ​state​ ​of​ ​cyber​ ​attacks​ ​and​ ​crime​ ​in order​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​students​ ​with​ ​a ​career​ ​either​ ​directly​ ​in​ ​cyber​ ​defence or​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a ​network​ ​team​ ​looking​ ​after​ a ​public​ ​ facing infrastructure​ ​or​ ​private​ ​commercial​ ​network​ ​or​ ​any​ ​activity​ ​which​ ​is Internet​ based.​ ​ It​ ​ also​ ​covers​ ​the​ ​ways​ that​ ​threats​ ​are​ ​manifested​ ​and for​ what​ ​purposes.​ ​ It​ ​investigates​ ​the​ ​types​ ​of​ ​exploits,​ ​attacks​ ​and threats​ ​faced​ ​and​ ​the​ ​machine​ ​based​ ​or​ human​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​make​ ​it easier​ ​or​ ​harder​ ​to​ ​defend​ ​computer​ ​systems.

The​ ​learners​ ​then​ ​develop​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​required​ ​to​ ​be able​ ​to​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​the​ ​various​ threats.​ ​ They​ ​can​ ​then​ ​assemble​ ​all​ ​of​ ​this into​ ​a ​portfolio​ of​ ​evidence​ ​they​ ​can​ ​use​ ​for​ ​marketing​ ​themselves​ ​for FH/HE​ ​or​ ​employment.

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
Understanding cyber security and online threats 30 3
Analysing and evaluating cyber threats 30 3
Applying and deploying security tools and best practice 30 3
Securing and defending online systems 60 6


What could this qualification lead to?

It​ ​could​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​direct​ ​employment​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cybersecurity​ ​industry​ ​in​ ​a junior​ role​ ​or​ in​ ​a Modern​ ​Apprenticeship​ ​or​ ​further​ ​study​ ​at​ ​college or​ university​ ​levels.

Will it lead to employment?

The​ ​amount​ ​and​ ​complexity​ ​of​ ​online​ ​crime​ ​is​ ​growing​ ​by​ ​the​ ​day.  There​ ​are​ ​currently​ ​nowhere​ ​near​ ​enough​ ​people​ ​to​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​it​ ​and that​ ​will​ ​only​ ​get​ ​worse.​ ​ The​ ​government​ ​is​ ​putting​ ​significant resources​ ​into​ ​recruiting​ ​cyber​ ​aware​ ​people​ ​at​ ​all​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​industry.

The​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ work​ ​in​ ​IT​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​this​ ​subject​ ​area​ ​are very​ ​strong.

Will the qualification lead to further learning?

Universities​ ​have​ ​significant​ ​budgets​ ​for​ ​research​ ​into​ ​the​ ​way​ ​that threats​ ​to​ ​systems​ ​evolve​ ​and​ ​ can​ ​be​ ​stopped.​ ​ As​ ​more​ ​businesses move​ ​to​ ​an​ ​online​ model​ ​of​ ​delivery,​ ​so​ ​there​ ​is​ ​more​ ​attack.​ ​ With more​ ​attack,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a ​requirement​ ​for​ ​more​ ​defence.​ ​ There​ ​will​ ​be increasing​ ​numbers​ ​of​ ​ degree​ ​level​ ​and​ ​apprenticeship​ ​level opportunities​ ​in​ ​this​ ​exciting​ ​and​ ​fast​ ​paced​ ​field.​ ​ For​ ​ example​ ​GCHQ, the​ ​agency​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​protecting​ ​the​ ​UK​ against​ ​threats​ ​of​ ​all kinds,​ ​are​ ​heavily​ ​recruiting​ ​people,​ ​especially​ women​ ​and​ ​members​ ​of minority​ ​groups,​ ​into​ ​cyber​ ​security​ ​careers​ ​ with​ ​excellent apprenticeship​ ​programmes.​ ​ They​ ​have​ ​also​ ​accredited​ ​several university​ ​level​ ​degree​ ​ courses.​ ​ The​ ​UK​ ​government​ ​has​ ​launched​ a Cyber​ ​Retraining​ ​Scheme​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Bletchley​ ​Park​ ​to​
​re-skill​ ​people​ ​with a​ ​technical​ ​background​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​cyber​ ​threats.​ ​ The​ ​UK Cybersecurity​ ​Challenge​ ​has​ ​developed​ ​school’s​ ​challenges​ ​and national​ ​level​ ​competitions​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​young​ ​people,​ ​especially​ ​girls to​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​field.

It is likley that the demand for people with these skills will only increase in the future jobs market.


The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.

Trade Body

OpenUK Support




Cisco Support Letter


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