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Computing, Digital and IT

Cybersecurity Level 1 Award Part-time (Online)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course next starts on 15 April 2024. It is studied in your own time but must be completed in ten weeks. You are expected to commit at least three hours per week to studying.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement for you to have achieved any qualifications or units prior to undertaking this qualification. However, a reasonable standard of computing skills will be required.

You will achieve

Level 1 Award in Cybersecurity (Gateway Qualification)

Course overview

Increase your knowledge of Cybersecurity from your own home! This free single unit qualification is designed for you to learn about cybercrime and you will understand routine protective methods used to maintain cybersecurity including the principles of vulnerability and penetration testing and user access control.

The qualification is also designed for job roles in other industries where specific digital skills are required, such as finance, marketing and machining and manufacturing.

Course content

The purpose of this qualification is for you to learn about cybercrime. You will study routine protective methods used to maintain cybersecurity including the principles of vulnerability and penetration testing and user access control. You will learn about cybercrime and the risks and effects it has on individuals and organisations.

This course can be studied in your own time from home – all you need is access to the internet. You will have access to regular support from tutors.

If you would prefer to study this in class, you can apply for the Cybersecurity Level 1 course here.

You will be assessed using a range of methods such as practical tasks and written coursework that will culminate in a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio will be used to determine your grade.

You will need an internet-connected device such as a laptop or computer.

This course is studied online in your own time.

This course will give you the skills for employment or to progress with your education by moving on to Level 2 Award in Cybersecurity, then Level 3 Networking and Cybersecurity.

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £150. This course may be FREE to study depending on your circumstances – please see the drop-down option below for more details.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

Part-time courses are only available for learners who are 19 years old and above. You may not have to pay for this course if you are employed but earn below £21,255 a year, or if you receive Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit. If you are unemployed, actively seeking employment and receive Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support or WFTC then you may also receive funding for this course. You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility which will be checked at enrolment.

This course is funded by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and/or West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). You must be living in the South or West Yorkshire regions to qualify for funding.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Cybersecurity Level 1 Award Part-time (Online)

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