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Qualification title:Qualifi Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Cyber Security
Qualification type:Vocational Related Qualification
Level:4 & 5
Accreditation status:Accredited
Credit Equivalency:240
Qualification number (RQF):603/3331/5 - 603/4139/7
Progression routes:Level 6 University Degree (Top-Up) course or directly into employment in an associated profession. 
Availability:UK and international
Next qualification review date:31/05/2021
Centre Specification:Click to here download
Course Overview

The Level 4 qualification has been created to develop those learners who are looking to choose, or already have chosen, a career in a business-related sector. It is envisaged that this programme will encourage both academic and professional development so that your learners move forward to realise not just their own potential but also that of organisations across a broad range of sectors. The rationale of the programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their core capabilities within the cyber security and risk management sector. The outcome of the Diploma, which is a recognised UK qualification, is for learners to develop the cyber security skills required by organisations globally. In doing so, the qualification looks to develop the cyber security team leaders, managers and leaders of the future through the creation and delivery of learning appropriate for that industry.

The Level 5 qualification has been created to develop and reward those learners who are looking to or already have chosen a career in a business-related sector. We hope that centres and learners take the opportunity to learn a great deal from this programme that will provide relevant new skills and qualities. It is envisaged that this programme will encourage both academic and professional development so that your learners move forward to realise not just their own potential but also that of organisations across a broad range of sectors. The Diploma is accredited at Level 5 with a total equivalence of 120 credits. It is envisaged that learners completing this Level 5 programme will progress to a university Level 6 Top-Up programme in the risk management field.


Level 4 Units

Level 5 Units




Cyber Security Threat and RiskCryptography
Network Security and Data CommunicationsDigital Investigations and Forensics
Database Security and Computer ProgrammingCommunications and Incident Management
Incident Response, Investigations and ForensicsStrategic Leadership
Security Strategy: Laws, Policies and Implementation 
Optional (1) 
Cyber Security Threats and Risk: Banking and Finance 
Cyber Wars 

Learning Outcomes

  1. The ability to read and utilise relevant technical and security literature (including threat intelligence feeds) with a full understanding; the ability to think independently and solve potential overarching cyber security issues within a business or organisation
  2. Applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems in the cyber security and digital risk management domains
  3. Recognising the moral and ethical issues of business practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct, including in relation to conducting investigations, audits and incident responses
  4. An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of cyber security within business and service provision and wider operating environments and supply chains
  5. Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, in a mature way; engage in credible debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists in relation to cyber security related issues and challenges
  6. Transferable skills and knowledge – including Project Management and Incident Response – which will enable individuals to meet changing environments and risks
  7. Motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career
  8. Instill and embed a sense of understanding and respect of the global nature of the cyber threat environment; as well as the criticality of respecting, anticipating and learning from diverse, international business practices and the global operating context.
  9. Understand key cryptographic principles and modes
  10. Understand the standards, regulations and laws that apply to business and government organisations in relation to encryption
  11. Understand the core principles of digital investigations
  12. Apply the types of tool that support professional digital investigations at a strategic level
  13. Plan for an investigations and forensics teams
  14. Understand the physical and human resources required to manage a major suspected cyber security incident
  15. Apply Business Continuity Management to major incident planning and response
  16. Understand the role senior leaders and strategic leadership
  17. Evaluate the management streams and performance monitoring mechanisms that relate to information security
  18. Understand how data protection legislation impacts considerations of strategy-setting and strategic leadership
Entry Requirements
  • Qualifications at Level 3 and/or;
  • Some technical and risk management experience in a computing or security business environment and demonstrate ambition with clear career goals;
  • A Level 4 qualification in another discipline and who want to develop their careers in cyber security.