Computing with Cyber Security SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

With the increasing demand for workers to be skilled in cyber and digital technologies, this course provides you with a platform to develop your existing computing skills and be successful in the ever-growing sector. You will learn how to secure and fault find on computer systems and networks as well as gain knowledge in cyber security. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in programming using Javascript and working with databases using SQL (Structured Query Language). 

The course is delivered by lecturers who have up-to-date industry experience and qualifications, ensuring our teaching is current and relevant in this fast-paced environment.

"This course has been designed with student and employer feedback to ensure our students have the skills to succeed in the job they want or the opportunity to progress onto further study. We focus on the skills required in the ever-changing digital world and engage with industry through a series of guest lectures and employer visits so our students leave prepared for the next step," - Gordon Macpherson, lecturer and programme co-ordinator.

Entry requirements

Due to the nature of the course you will be invited along for an informal interview/information session to allow the team to find out more about you and to assess your suitability for the course.

Mature students

  • Selection by interview

School leavers/progressing students

  • Successful completion of NQ Computing with Web Design SCQF 5 and further interview
  • 4 Intermediate 2 passes including English or Mathematics/National 5 passes including English or Mathematics.

The course includes 3 National Progression Awards:-

  • NPA in Cyber security
  • NPA in Software development
  • NPA in Professional computer fundamentals

Subjects studied -

  • Cyber security
  • Software development
  • Security fundamentals
  • Network fundamentals
  • Server fundamentals
  • Ethical hacking
  • Data security
  • Digital forensics
  • Maths for computing

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • face-to-face
  • group working
  • guest lectures
  • research projects

The course is delivered four days per week, between 9am and 5pm.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance)

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Progression onto HNC Computing after further interview
  • Junior cyber analyst, programmer or computer technician

Here's what employers say:

  • "Inverness College UHI computing courses provide a fantastic grounding in information technology. My experience and knowledge of the programmes highlight the benefits they provide to our apprentices in terms of knowledge and work experience, but often, more importantly, the confidence they gain. The courses are hugely beneficial and have a recognised profile that is attractive to an employer such as Capgemini," - Darren Robbins, Capgemini deputy security operations centre manager.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Here's what our students say:

  • "I've found this course a very helpful introduction into the world of computer programming, networking and cyber security. Before starting this course I had minimum experience of programming, but after just a few weeks of the challenging work I've definitely found myself to be a more experienced and knowledgable programmer."
  • "I was very new to Javascript and SQL but the lecturers were very helpful and gave me everything I needed to advance and pass my units. If you put the time needed into the course, then the units will seem a lot easier than expected. There's plenty of fun group exercises along the way. The lecturers are very thoughtful of other commitments as long as you're on top of the work."


Due to an on-going cyber security incident our systems are currently down. Applications for full-time degree courses can still be made via UCAS but we are unable to take any direct applications. We are doing everything possible to minimise disruption, but this could take some time. Please check back at regular intervals for updates or, if you have a specific query, contact us.