Pearson International BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Cyber Security)

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BTEC Higher National qualifications in Computing include enhanced work-related curriculum that is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, equipping students with the right skills and competencies for the workplace, or progression to further higher education study. 

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them.

On successful completion of the program, students will have explored the nature of cybercrime and cyber threat actors; investigated the roles and responsibilities in relation to information assurance; assessed the threats to, and vulnerabilities in, ICT infrastructure; and investigated strategic responses to cyber security threats.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirement:
Grade 12 High school Certificate with Pass Grade or Level 3 Vocational qualification in the relevant field.

English Language Requirement:
Non-native English speakers and who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:

  • PTE Academic 51, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5)

Study Plan

  • Total guided learning hours = 960 hours 
  • Total qualification time = 2, 400 hours Requires 240 credits, of which 
  • 120 credits are at Level 5 (7 units) and 120 credits are at Level 4 (8 units) 
  • Mix of core, specialist, and optional units, totaling 240 credits
Year 1Year 2
ProgrammingComputing Research Project
NetworkingBusiness Process Support
Professional Practice Applied Cryptography in the Cloud
Database Design & Development Forensics
Security Information Security Management
Planning a Computing Project E-Commerce & Strategy
Cyber SecurityOperating Systems
Website Design & Development


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Career Opportunities

  • Cloud Cryptography Technician
  • Forensics Technician
  • Website Designer 
  • Website Developer
  • E-Commerce business Consultant 
  • E-Commerce business Developer
  • Cloud Computing Specialist
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Data Security Operator
Market Growth Rate
18 %

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