Computing and Cyber Security

Higher National Diploma (HND)

Cyber security has become an integral aspect of both industry and everyday life with security breaches leading to data theft, fraud, corporate espionage and failures in national defence.

Organisations are moving to shore up their cyber defences and recruitment of graduates with cyber security qualifications has soared.

Cyber security is a rapidly developing field and this course has been designed and approved by a variety of UK computing organisations. The course has been designed to give you the specific skills and knowledge to successfully start your career in the field of cyber security. As such you will study a variety of modules to give you both a solid grounding in computing and specialist training in cyber security. In addition, you will complete a project in both years that will allow you to explore current advances in the field. If you find that you enjoy the research element, this course will also allow you to obtain a BSc in Computing by completing an additional year at university.

You can also study this course on a part time basis, helping you fit learning around your work and other commitments.

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, Part-Time
Examination board

Availability & Details

Cyber Security and Computing - HND Diploma SF-COMPHD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2019-20 (2 years)

You will require:

• GCSE English and GCSE Maths at grade C (grade 4 under the new system) or above

and either:

• 3 A Levels (A*–C grades)
• Relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification in IT
• Access to Higher Education Certificate
• Equivalent IT experience

 Year 1

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Research Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Data Analytics

Year 2

  • Computer Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics
  • Information Management Systems
  • Network Security
  • Operating Systems

You will be taught via a mixture of lectures, online content, tutorials, workshops and independent research so that you develop a broad academic skillset. The expectation is that you will attend 15 hours of workshops, lectures and tutorial each week over a period of 30 weeks per academic year.



We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills through: reports, multiple choice tests, essays, written exams, mini projects, presentations and review articles.

Each unit is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction and aggregated over the duration of the course to determine your final grade.

This course is designed so that you could progress by either entering the workplace as a Security Analyst/Administrator, joining the Armed Forces and GCHQ or continuing your studies at university by completing an extra year to obtain your BSc in Cyber Security or Computing.

This course counts towards accreditation with the CompTIA - Security+ and AXELOS RESILIA programs and you will work towards completing these qualifications during the course.

This course counts towards accreditation with the CompTIA - Security+ and AXELOS RESILIA programs and you will work towards completing these qualifications during the course.

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