The Cyber Security Pathway at Career 6

This cyber security pathway has been designed to prepare you to work in this sector. A good cyber security specialist needs to build on a thorough understanding of computers, how they communicate and how networks are put together.

You will focus on computer networks and the development of an understanding of threats and vulnerabilities, all based on the fundamental principles of computing and communication technologies. You will also gain an understanding of the principles of business. Studying this pathway will give you a variety of options for employment or progression on to university to study cyber security or computer forensics. You will gain the qualifications and complete your studies with the direct or additional skills employers are looking for.

Very few days will pass without a news article about a breach of IT security. This often involves data theft and data loss, as well as intentional acts of sabotage, hacking or other criminal activity. For this reason, the requirement by industry for cyber security specialists is increasing.

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Cyber Security Academy

Entry Criteria

We recommend that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. These must include a grade 4 in English Language, a grade 5 in Mathematics and two grade 5 in Science GCSEs.

What will I study?

This qualification will prepare you to work within the Cyber Security sector, focusing on computer networks and the development of an understanding of threats and vulnerabilities. Based on underpinning units in the fundamental principles of computing and communication technologies. The course covers topics based around how devices communicate, focusing on both physical transmission methods and the media they use. You will also get the opportunity to design and develop a simple computer network and understand how to identify and resolve a range of threats and vulnerabilities.

What can I do with my Cyber Security qualification?

This qualification will lead on to university entry to study Cyber Security. Alternatively, you could progress into employment in roles such as supporting network systems or in a junior Cyber Security role.

What will I study?

Information Technology is the study of how technology can be used to process, present and analyse data. You will develop an understanding of how different hardware and software can be used to provide solutions to everyday issues. You will develop a vast range of skills to prepare you for further study and employment, whether that be in an ICT related field or within another area. You will learn to utilise a range of software packages to solve common issues, whilst developing an understanding of how ICT can be used within the wider society.

What can I do with my ICT qualification?

A qualification in Information Technology will allow you to develop a range of transferable skills that will support your progression into higher education and employment. Information Technology can lead to further study and employment in areas such as Games Design, Software Development or Business related courses, among many others.

What will I study?

This qualification allows you to understand how to start up and run your own business or social enterprise. Optional units provide choice for specialising in areas that will support your understanding of enterprise. You will start up and run a fully functioning legal business to develop your entrepreneurial skills. You will be able to interact with entrepreneurs and business people throughout the course enabling you to learn from experienced professionals.

What can I do with my Business Studies qualification?

Business leads to a wide variety of university courses, especially in areas such as economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, accountancy and administration. You will develop a range of transferable skills that will support your progression into either higher education or a higher level apprenticeship.