HNC Cyber Security

Cyber security is an ongoing key priority for 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 basics of cyber resilience, from ethical hacking to data recovery.

  • Digital Forensic
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Data Security
  • SQL: Intro
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Networking: Concepts, Practice and Introduction to Security
  • Multi User Operating Systems
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Cyber Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Data Flow
  • 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 get an entry level role in the cyber security or networking industry.

  • You could develop your skills further by studying another course, such as HND Cyber Security.

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 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • BEng (Hons) Cyber Security & Forensics - Edinburgh Napier
  • BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking - Abertay University
  • BSc (Hons) Data Science – University of Stirling
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science – University of Stirling  

    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 (must include Maths and English and Computing Science is preferred), plus two Highers in relevant subjects at grade C or above (one of these Highers should be in Maths, Computing Science , Physics, Chemistry or a technology subject)

  • A computing related certificate course (at SCQF Level 6) e.g. NC in 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 and skills, you can also apply for a place on the course.

Additional requirements:

  • All 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

28 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7