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:

  • Authoring a Website
  • Computing: Project
  • Data Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Network Fundamentals
  • NPA in Cyber Security
  • NPA in Professional Computer Fundamentals
  • Practical Databases SQL Skills
  • Programming for Mobile Devices
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Server Administrator Fundamentals

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?

    Start date



    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance)

    Additional costs

    Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

    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:

    • "UHI Inverness 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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    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."

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