Cyber Security (NPA) (Level 6)

UHI North, West and Hebrides


Auchtertyre Campus, Broadford Campus, Fort William Campus, Gairloch Campus, Kilchoan Campus, Kinlochleven Campus, Mallaig Campus, Portree Campus, Strontian Campus, Ullapool Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Alness, Barra, Benbecula, Dornoch, Halkirk, North Uist, Stornoway, Thurso, Kinlochleven


The National Progression Award (NPA) in Cyber Security provides foundation knowledge and skills in data security, digital forensics and ethical hacking – providing the skills pipeline into the Cyber Security industry. These awards are designed to raise awareness of Cyber Security and fill the current skills gap in this field.

They will encourage learners to improve their cyber hygiene and resilience and enable them to identify security vulnerabilities safely, legally and ethically. They will also help learners to contribute more safely to virtual communities.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Evidence of core skills at a level 5 in communications, numeracy and ICT.

Progression Routes

NC Computing with Digital Media or HNC Computing

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

1 year


Computing and IT

SCQF Level


Career Area

Computing and ICT