Cyber Security

Fife College


Kirkcaldy (St Brycedale) Campus


In a world where cyber security breaches affecting our data are a regular occurrence, this course combines theory with hands-on practical work in areas such as forensics, network security and ethical hacking to help you gain an understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities that digital systems bring and how to mitigate against them.

You will be introduced to the characteristics of cybercrime and principles of security as well as technologies and procedures to protect and defend networks in line with current cyber security legislation.

Topics Include:
Computer architecture; Computer networking: concepts, practice and introduction to security; Computer programming; Data security; Digital forensics; Ethical hacking; Social engineering; Intrusion prevention systems; Scripting for security; Securing network devices; Working in cyber security; Professionalism and ethics in cyber security; Graded Unit (Exam).

Entry Requirements

1 relevant Higher plus 4 subjects at National 5; or Foundation Apprenticeship IT: Hardware and System Support plus 4 subjects at National 5; or Advanced Certificate: Computing with Software Development and Cyber Security; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

Progression Routes

HND Cyber Security or relevant degree programme.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Digital, Computing and Cyber

SCQF Level



Career Area

Computing and ICT