Computing, Games and IT

Computing: Networking and Cybersecurity Level 3 Certificate Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course is planning to start on Tuesday 13th September and will run for 35 weeks, every Tuesday between 9.15am and 3.45pm

Entry requirements

There is no requirement for you to have undertaken a specific qualification, but you should be able to demonstrate the skills and ability to study at Level 3. English and Maths at Level 2 will provide a good foundation for success.

You will achieve

Level 3 Certificate in Networking and Cybersecurity.

Course overview

This qualification has been developed in partnership with industry professionals and is ideal for those wanting to develop and extend their digital and IT skills to prepare for different roles in the digital and creative industries within networking and cyber security.

The qualification will:

  • Prepare you to progress to a qualification in the same sector or a related area at a higher level.
  • Prepare you for employment within different roles in the digital and creative industries and in other industries that require specific digital and IT skills within Software Development.

This qualification can be studied as an additional course alongside a relevant apprenticeship and is designed for job roles in industries where specific digital and IT skills are required, such as finance, marketing, machining and manufacturing and other information gathering industries.

Course content

You must complete the mandatory Project Management unit and four of the specialist units listed below:

  • Access control
  • Data communications
  • Networking
  • Ethical hacking
  • Network management
  • Network threats and vulnerabilities

You will use a variation of assessment methods to build up a portfolio of evidence from practical tasks or written work.

All equipment will be provided.

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

After successful completion of the course, you could move on to Higher Education, an apprenticeship or employment.

How much does the course cost?

If you are aged 19 or over and this is your first Level 3 course, this course is free. If you already hold a Level 3 qualification, the price is £1645. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for these fees.

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

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

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

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

Computing: Networking and Cybersecurity Level 3 Certificate Part-time

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