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

This two-year HND Infrastructure with Cyber Security course specialises in network infrastructure and the security and maintenance of that infrastructure. This HND offer a comprehensive understanding of IT systems, covering infrastructure design and management alongside the ability to identify and mitigate cyber security risks.

The combination of infrastructure concepts and cyber security skills is highly sought after in today’s job market due to the increasing frequency of cyber threats. On completion of the HND you are well-positioned for various roles, such as network or system administrator, IT security analyst or infrastructure manager, providing versatility in a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

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
  • Programming
    Foundation concepts of industry-led programming languages and project-based workflow

You may also have access to venfor 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)

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

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

Direct entry to year two of HND Infrastructure with Cyber Security will only be possible if you have HNC Computing. Please contact the faculty directly via the email address below.

Entry 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 HND Infrastructure with Cyber Security with us is about more than gaining a certificate, it’s also about getting a job you’ll want to do and continue to develop. Throughout your time here, we'll help you to build 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, Edinburgh Napier University and Abertay University
  • Second year entry to the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde or University of Edinburgh
  • You will have the potential to move on to jobs in networking and related industries.

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