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Cardonald Campus
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications are now for a waiting list.

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)

Learn more about what to expect from this course from cyber security lecturer, Stuart Thomson, by watching the video below. 

Watch here - Stuart Thomson, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College.

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
  • NPA Cyber Security or PDA Cyber Resilience
  • 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 the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University or Abertay University
  • Second year entry at the 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 SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782