Girl cyber 4
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

This two year cyber security course covers a wide range of subjects and includes the opportunity to study towards industry standard certifications.

You are also given the opportunity to enter WorldSkills competitions. Glasgow Clyde College are the lead developers for the cyber security competition and we have consistent participation in the following competitions:

- Cyber security
- IT support technician
- Network infrastructure technician
- Network server administrator
- Web development

Classes are delivered in our cyber security labs, equipped with specialist equipment.

What will I learn?

  • Ethical hacking
    Testing the security through vulnerability assessments and exploitation
  • Digital forensics
    Discovering evidence in a digital crime scene
  • Server administration
    Ensuring the core infrastructure is secure from outside threats
  • Firewall
    Delivered through our partnership with PaloAlto
  • Linux
    Linux Essentials delivered within the Cisco platform
  • Cloud computing
    Developing core skills in cloud computing and fundamental concepts of the underlying technologies
  • Networking
    Understanding the basics of networking theory and practical, with a focus on security
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    Looking at contemporary development in the AI industry
  • Cryptography
    The practical study of cryptography, from codebreaking historical cyphers to modern cryptography underpinning the whole internet

You will also have the opportunity to study towards certifications including:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (industry standard networking qualification)
  • Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate (industry standard cyber security qualification)
  • Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) (industry standard firewall qualification)

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher, or equivalent, in Computing, Maths, IT, or Science and one National 5, or equivalent, in English; OR
  • A relevant Level 6 NC or NQ, or equivalent qualification; OR
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications.

Direct entry to year two of the HND will only be possible if you have HNC Cyber Security.  HNC passes from other frameworks will not be accepted for entry. Please contact the faculty directly via the email address below.

Entry Requirements Equivalency Table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Studying with us is about more than gaining a certificate; it is about getting a job you’ll want to do and continue to develop. Throughout your time here, we'll help you to develop your employability skills. These are the skills employers rate, and we will ensure you are given the best chance to succeed.  

Not only will we equip you with the skills you'll need but you will get access to a host of other activities from meeting employers to taking part in WorldSkills competitions. Our highly trained staff will give you the best preparation for further study or employment. 

Articulation Routes

We have an articulation programme with Glasgow Caledonian University where students can apply for direct entry to the third year of BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks.

Jobs and further study

  • Third year entry to various degree courses at University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University or Abertay University
  • Second year entry at University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh or University of Strathclyde is also possible, depending on maths qualifications
  • You will have the potential to move on to jobs in the IT industry.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). We will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by qualifications and possible interview.
  • Qualifications will be checked before an offer can be made

There are four possible outcomes:

  1. Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. Conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements
  3. Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements; however, the course is full. If any spaces become available, you may be contacted usually around about the course start date
  4. Unsuccessful: Contact the Student Information team to discuss your study options

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information such as start date, induction and funding information.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782