Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices

Qualification Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices
Subject Area Information Technology
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds and Adults

Course Content

In an increasingly digital world, cyber security is fast becoming a main concern for most organisations. With complex online scams and cybercrime, it is essential that organisations understand preventative measures to maintain cyber security, including techniques and security checks needed to store data securely.

This qualification has been developed alongside consultants with years of industry knowledge to ensure that it is fit for purpose. It is designed to prepare learners to progress to a higher-level qualification in the same sector or a related area or employment within the digital and creative industries and other industries that require specific digital and IT skills within Networking and Cybersecurity. This qualification is designed to provide learners with sector awareness. It will do this by increasing the knowledge and understanding of roles and issues relating to Cyber Security. It will also act as a steppingstone for learners who wish to study cyber security at a higher level.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of the practices within cyber security
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical skills.

What will you learn:

It is made up of six mandatory units as follows:

  1. Understand cyber security principles
  2. Threat intelligence in cyber security
  3. Cyber security testing, vulnerabilities and controls
  4. Cyber security incident response
  5. Understand legislation and ethical conduct within cyber security
  6. Professional skills and behaviours for cyber security

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs/international GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, Maths, ICT, and/or*
  • Vocational Tech Award qualification(s) at Level 1 at Pass and above in a relevant subject, e.g. BTEC Tech Award in ICT.

*If a Grade 4 in maths and English has not been achieved, you will be learning this alongside your Transition Programme with the expectation to have achieved this by the time you progress onto the T Level.

Students may demonstrate the ability to succeed in various ways. For example, they may have relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non-educational experience.


This course gives you the potential to progress to higher-level courses in digital technologies and computer science. These may include some of the following areas of study and employment or apprenticeships at a junior level: Artificial Intelligence Robotics Computer Science Cybersecurity Data Analytics Data Science Digital Technologies Games Design Games Development Information Systems Software Engineering and a wide range of other IT courses.

Course Outcomes

This qualification will help you develop knowledge, skills and behaviours across six key areas related to cyber security. You will achieve NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security practices.


Exam Board: NCFE

Assessments will be marked by an allocated tutor who will provide you with detailed feedback. You will be assessed against criteria where all learning outcomes of the course have to be covered; your tutor will give you guidance for this.




There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.

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