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FdSc Cyber Security

With the increasing trend of online and personal data, the systems that hold and store important information are exposed to a range of threats which constantly evolve and are becoming ever-increasingly more complicated. This course is designed to align itself with industry and to address the shortage of cyber security professionals.

Why Choose This Course?

Students will cover a range of computing concepts within the cyber security industry. The course is vocationally based with generally smaller class sizes and lots of practical hands-on tuition. Students undertaking this course have access to career and higher education progression opportunities.

The fundamental aspects of computing will be studied and applied to cyber security industry practices. Covering the basics of computing technology, in addition to gaining advanced knowledge in cyber security practices, students will be presented with new and challenging opportunities that will increase the level of expertise and technological know-how. This course is designed to address the skill shortage and need for cyber security professionals, both locally and nationally. Issues including IT risk management, ethical hacking, security auditing, digital forensics, data networks, user compliance and governance, work placement and customer support are all covered to ensure students understand the importance in industry.

On successful completion of this course, students will have both a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of cyber security technologies and working practices.

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Start date: 23/09/2024

Course code
Level 5
Truro College
2 years
Foundation Degree
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Industry Recognised Certificates

Alongside the FdSc Cyber Security course you will be given the opportunity to train for industry recognised certificates such as CISCO, Sec-Ops, Networking and COMPTIAA+ Network+.

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Analytical and Creative Investigations

Investigate through industry-led briefs and data to identify and track emerging cyber trends and issues in order to provide practical mitigation solutions.

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Range of Workshops and Work placement

A series of dedicated workshops in bespoke, modern cyber and computing suites, which encourages investigation and development of interests in subject disciplines. The second year will also see you partake in a work placement.

What Will I Learn?

Year 1 Modules:

  • Professional Development & Study Skills
  • Work Practice Case Study
  • Security Programming
  • Networking & Systems
  • Server Administration & System Compliance
  • Behavioural Analytics & Data Security

Year 2 Modules:

  • Risk Management and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Digital Forensics
  • Work Placement & Current Issues
  • Network Security & Design
  • Security Technology & Applied Cryptography
  • System Development Project

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Where Will It Take Me?

The FdSc Cyber Security course is influential in a career in cyber security within the industry. The course has a mix of practical and vocational skills along with linking basic theoretical concepts to practice and is ideal for individuals who are embarking in this exciting field.


  • Security Auditor
  • Network Manager
  • IT Security Manager
  • IT Operations
  • Organisational IT Security Operative
  • Information Security Technician


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Assessment Arrangements

The course is available on a full-time and part-time basis and comprises of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Assessments are varied and include employer-led assignment briefs, essays, reports, academic posters and exams.

Year 2 also includes a Group Development Project (designing, developing and production of a tangible artefact) with a dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Level 2: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent will be considered) Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above

Level 3: At least one of the following:

  • AS/A Levels
  • Advanced Level Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
  • Access to HE or Year 0 provision
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
  • 48 UCAS points from a relevant Level 3 qualification
  • Achievement of an Access to HE Diploma
  • Work Experience

Considered on an individual basis through an interview process.

Additional Information

Duration: One year full time, two years part time

Location: Truro and Penwith College

Awarding Body: University of Plymouth

UCAS Course Code: 1120

UCAS Institution Code: T85

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What you could earn

  • IT Business Analysts, Architects and Systems Designers
  • IT User Support Technicians
  • IT Operations Technicians
  • Programmers and Software Development Professionals
  • Sales Accounts and Business Development Managers
  • Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
  • Financial Administrative Occupations
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