HNC Cyber Security

Cyber security is an ongoing key priority for individuals, businesses and government in order to protect against digital threats to personal data and business systems. Skills to help prevent attacks are in short supply and this course aims to equip students with the knowledge required to progress to a career in cyber security. 

Students on this course will learn the principals of cyber resilience, from ethical hacking to data recovery.

  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Data Security
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networking: Concepts, Practice and Introduction to Security
  • Multi User Operating Systems
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Cyber Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Troubleshooting Computing Problems
  • Scripting for Security
  • HNC Cyber Security: Graded Unit 1 (Examination)

  • After successfully completing this course you'll have the skills needed to gain entry level role in the cyber security or networking industry.

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into Year Two of the following degree programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Software Development with Cyber Security - University of Stirling/Forth Valley College
  • BSc (Hons) Data Science – University of Stirling
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science – University of Stirling
  • BEng (Hons) Cyber Security & Forensics - Edinburgh Napier
  • BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking - Abertay University
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Systems & Networks

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

One of the following:

  • Four National 5 awards at grade A or B: Computing Science is preferred and must include Maths (or Applications of Maths) and English; plus two Highers in relevant subjects at grade C or above (one of these Highers should be in either Maths (or Applications of Maths), Computing Science , Physics, Chemistry or a technology subject)

  • A computing related certificate course (at SCQF Level 6) e.g. NC Computing

  • Mature applicants with relevant experience will be assessed individually. If you don't have any formal qualifications but can demonstrate relevant computer programming skills and relevant maths knowledge, you will also be considered for a place on the course.

Additional requirements:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as: the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Falkirk Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7