This Level 3 Diploma provides the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional in the field of information security, which includes cyber security. It is the only vocational qualification within the Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Security framework.
The Level 3 Diploma in Information Security (Cyber Security) qualification is perfect for those looking to gain some in-depth skills and knowledge to start a career in an IT security job role.
You will need five GCSEs, which must include English and/or Maths at grade 4 or above.
A Computer Science based qualification is also desirable.
For the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security, students will be expected to undertake mandatory elements including developing their own effectiveness and professionalism; health and safety; and principles of information governance and assurance.
They will then select from a range of competency units that include such areas as security testing, security incident investigation, security audits, system operation, and investigating and defining customer requirements.
In addition there are knowledge units that include topics such as secure system development, system and data security, data modelling, and networking principles.
The Level 3 Diploma in Information Security offers a mix of technical knowledge and practical units, with students being assessed through the use of City & Guilds assignments where available or through a portfolio of evidence. The competence units look specifically at how the student performs in the workplace.
Those who successfully complete the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security could progress to the Level 3 Diploma in IT Systems and Principles here at Derby College to make this a two-year programme. They could then advance to the Level 4 Foundation Degree in Computing delivered at the College's Joseph Wright Campus.
You could secure a junior role within teams that undertake network security development, information assurance, penetration testing or secure systems development.
Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College.
One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly. Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms.
He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.
While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it.
I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.