IT (Networking Cyber-Security Technician)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body OCR
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Networking is the future. Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smart watches, desktops, fitness bands, Instagram and Twitter - the infrastructure that supports the huge number of electronic devices we rely upon everyday are supported and managed by highly skilled network engineers. This course is your first step to a career in this exciting and ever changing part of the modern world.

The need for secure digital systems is more crucial than ever before, as we rely on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer vast amounts of data and to control critical systems in a local area network, globally and in the cloud.

This Cambridge Technical Foundation and Extended Diploma in IT course gives you the chance to develop skills in the ethical use of computers and networking, technical support, enterprise skills and computer systems. An “all round” perspective is delivered allowing you to focus and harness your own potential to lead onto a higher education programme or the beginning of a successful career.

The cyber security industry is expanding at a rapid rate and this course has been designed to enable you to gain the knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. You will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information. The learning within the course will also support the Cisco and CompTIA industry qualifications.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme. You will also be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you will also attend enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that learners have, or are working towards, a grade 4/ grade C or above in GCSE maths or English.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

These are the likely modules for this course:

Foundation Diploma Year - Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner

1. Fundamentals of IT

2. Global information

5. Virtual and augmented reality

11. Systems analysis and design

12. Mobile technology

16. Developing a smarter Planet

17. Internet of everything

18. Computer systems – hardware

Extended Diploma Year – Digital Technician

3. Cyber security

4. Computer networks

8. Project management

12. Mobile technology

19. Computer systems – software

20. IT technical support

22. Big data analytics

23. Cognitive computing

24. Enterprise computing

25. Cloud technology


Please note that these units can be subject to change.

How will I be assessed

Initially there will be a portfolio of assignments which will be developed over the course of the year. There are a number of mandatory units which include externally set and marked assessments which are a mixture of exams and written assignments.


Things you may need

You will need drive, enthusiasm and an inquisitive mind.

What next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

  • IT Support Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • Computing Forensics Engineer

We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Education progression
Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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