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 qualifcation is designed for 16-19 year old Learners or older who want to understand the range and nature of threats that exist online and the tools and services that can be used to stop them. The different units look at the best tools and applications needed for this process, but also the underlying technologies and methodologies that make these possible, particularly open source and open standards. It is important to understand the systems and services, as any online activity automatically attracts attacks and potentially damaging activities such as fraud. Learners will investigate these threats and security problems and make sure that their data and information are as safe as possible by securing the platforms used. All of these practical and theoretical skills and understanding build towards creating a safe and secure online system.

All of these situations require different ways of using your skills, knowledge and understanding, but all have a common theme of requiring you to be effective and efcient. This qualifcation works towards you achieving that goal.

This qualifcation is designed for Learners 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 Learners interested in working in the growing industry related to cyber security, but also Learners 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 programme of study is divided into 4 sections

Unit Title GLH Credits
Understanding cyber security and online threats 35 3
Analysing and evaluating cyber threats 35 3
Applying and deploying security tools and best practice 35 3
Securing and defending online systems 45 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 post Level 3,​ ​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


TLM Endorsement RHACC 2018

TLM Endorsement NESCOT 2018-1

TLM Endorsement 2018 – Burnley



Cisco Support Letter


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