Seven of the units in this qualification are mandatory and will provide a core knowledge and understanding of IT: cyber security and security administration. An additional two units are offered – one of which must be studied and achieved by the candidate to make up the full eight units required by this programme. Building on the underpinning units of the fundamental principles of computing, communication technologies and the development and maintenance of a network, learners will explore threats and vulnerabilities; they will consider how identity and access to systems is managed and how network security is administrated.
Maths is essential to this pathway and there are opportunities to improve learner’s skills in this area. To complete the qualification learners can choose from two units which have a different focus. Programming for networking and security will provide an opportunity to study the rudiments of programming, focusing more directly on client and server side scripting. Learners will also learn the key features and functions of operating system shell scripting and data encryption. As an alternative, learners could opt to study the Computer forensic investigation unit, which explores the forensic process for gathering information following a cyber-security breach. Learners will explore the tools and software used in this environment, undertaking a forensic examination and presenting the evidence using the correct processes and procedures.