HTQ in Computing (Security) Level 5 Higher National Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Overview

If there was ever a time to enter the cyber security field, it is now with cyber threats and attacks increasing in both frequency and sophistication. Because of the growth of the Internet the demand for cyber security professionals is increasing rapidly. It is estimated that in 2021 there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide. On this course you will learn how to protect computer operating systems, networks, and data from cyber attacks.

Further Details

Course Location


University Level

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 Years



GCSEs at grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent) and BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma at Merit Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma at Merit Merit (or equivalent).

Applications from mature students without formal qualifications will be welcomed, especially if you have the motivation to succeed. Normal minimum qualifications required for mature entrants (21 years and above) are a recognised Computing Access course or business experience in the computing industry using IT related skills and successful completion of an aptitude assessment in maths and English language.

Units of study may include but are not limited to:

Managing a Successful Computer Project (Pearson-set)
Database Design & Development
Professional Practice
Computer Systems Achritecture
Data Analysis
Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)
Business Intelligence
Information Security Management
Network Security

Degree or employment into or within the IT sector. Learners may work towards membership of the British Computer Society.

Evidence based against learning outcomes and assessment criteria. There are no formal examinations during this course.

Level 5 HND in Computing (Security)

For further information please contact 0161 886 7023.

HTQs have been approved against occupational standards in their sector, so you can get a head start in your career or further study. They have been specifically developed with employers and businesses so you will get the skills they need, unlocking high-skilled and highly paid jobs.

HTQs are designed for anyone looking to upskill and gain a qualification, whether you?re already in employment or looking to retrain. They?re also suitable for school leavers (18+) who are looking for an alternative to Degrees or Apprenticeships.
As HTQs have been designed with employers to get you ready for work, after completing your HTQ you?ll be ready to jump straight into your chosen career. There are also clear progression pathways to further, higher-level study options or degree apprenticeships for those who want to complete a degree.

As a student at Trafford College you have access to:

Rack network servers, switches, routers, cables
HAck5 hardware including Wi-Fi pineapple, LAN turtle, USB rubber ducky, HackRF one
Ubertooth Bluetooth adapter
Raspberry Pi
Programmable Logic adapter
3D printer
Cross College facilities including free Wi-Fi
Careers advice

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