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Start date: 05/09/2018 - SGS Filton
End date: 30/06/2019
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: IT Diploma (Cyber) with an MTA Qualification (Microsoft Training Academy)
Code: 5541
Cost: N/A

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Course Detail

Level 3 Cyber Security Academey

Full time course


One of the most exciting areas of computing is Cyber Security, where you use your knowledge and expertise in computing to safeguard resources from hacking and malicious cyber-attacks. Cybercrime activity is growing fast and evolving at fast pace, becoming both more aggressive and technically proficient. SGS is one of the few FE institutions in the country that are able to offer Cyber Security at this level.

What will I study?

Learners will complete a full Level 3 IT Diploma as well as gaining industry recognised Microsoft
qualifications. There is also an option to complete a Core Maths qualification. This programme has been designed to enhance and improve your employability skills, making you stand out from the crowd.

Additional qualifications

Microsoft Technical Associate in Computer Security.


Learners graduating from the Cyber Security Academy will be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and skills in computing systems as well as an introductory level of professional competency in computer security recognised by employers.

What do I need to join?

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and maths.

How long is the course?

1 year, with an end of year examination. There will be the possibility to progress onto a further year with higher professional qualifications.

How will I learn?

The College is planning a variety of learning styles to support the vocational, academic and professional qualifications offered by the Academy, including: class-based learning, self-study activities and a virtual learning environment.

How will I know how I am doing?

The College's comprehensive student record system records progress on vocational courses, grades for AS homework and performance in practice tests for professional exams. All learners are allocated a tutor and will receive regular one-to-one sessions, to establish personal targets and to then review performance and discuss progress.

What can I do next?

Learners can progress to the Cyber Apprenticeship at college, higher education or employment.

What are my career options?

This is a broad-based programme, which will keep your options open. Learners can move directly into jobs as IT technicians, junior programmers or web developers. If you progress to university, there are further opportunities to specialise in computer science, forensic computing, cyber security, games development, network management or systems analysis. Alternatively, you may consider taking an advanced apprenticeship.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Cyber Security Academey

Start date: 05/09/2018
End date: 30/06/2019
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): 9.15am-4.30pm
Qualifications: IT Diploma (Cyber) with an MTA Qualification (Microsoft Training Academy)
Code: 5541

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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