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.
After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.
The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.