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HNC Cyber Security

The HNC Cyber Security course is an exciting opportunity to study a combination of computing and cyber security concepts that include the development of higher level (Level 4) specialist skills.

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 will have access to career and higher education progression.

The fundamental aspects of computing will be studied and applied to the 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, data networks, user compliance and governance, working environment and customer support are all covered to ensure students understand the importance and context in industry.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 4
Truro College
1 year
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
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Top Course Highlights

Modern Cyber Security Suites

Small Classes

Excellent Subject Specialists

Interactive Workshops

Industry Recognised Certificates

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

Analytical & 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.

Range of Workshops

A series of dedicated workshops in bespoke, modern cyber and computing suites, which encourages investigation and development of interests in subject disciplines.

What Will I Learn?

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.


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

Where Will It Take Me?

The HNC is considered the basis for an introduction to a career in cyber security. 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.

Career opportunities:

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


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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.

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 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: l130


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