Computing: Technical Support with Cyber Security SCQF Level 8

This course will provide you with the required knowledge to build and troubleshoot computer systems and computer networks.


Why take this course?

Learn about cyber security with the emphasis on protecting and detecting malicious attacks. You will use industry standard forensics tools to find traces of a malicious attack and use ethical hacking tools to simulate and stop malicious attacks that exist in real–time.

As well as learning about hardware, software and ethical hacking you will also learn the basics of networking, including servers and how they are used, and why they are targeted by malicious individuals, this will give you a broader understanding when it comes to technical support or cyber security and prepare you for the future changes in technology.

You will learn about the ethical issues that surround cyber security and also the laws that affect your role as a cyber–security professional.

What you will experience

Students will have an opportunity to prepare for Cisco Certification in Networking and Cyber Security with our Pearson Vue centre located on–site. Students will be able to undertake Cisco Certification and other vendor qualifications (Microsoft, CompTIA etc.).

Opportunities exist to for guest speakers to visit the College, compete against other colleges in the World Skills competitions and attend cyber security themed events where you can meet people in the industry.

Students on this course can apply for one our paid intern positions working on the student IT Helpdesk. This is a great opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt while supporting students at College.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
2 Years
Subject area
View the full course specification PDF, 89KB

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are two Highers at Grade C or above — preferably one of these Highers being Computer Science; OR a relevant SCQF Level 6 course in Computing.

Students must have Numeracy Core Skills and Communication both at SCQF Level 5 or Higher.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Career opportunities are spread across a wide range of industries, where you can work at technician level in IT infrastructure support. Common roles will include: 

  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • First Line Engineer
  • IT Support Technician

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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