Introduction to Cyber Security CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This module is aimed at qualified primary and secondary teachers who wish to develop the knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to teaching basic cyber security, and are configuring an environment suitable for cyber security education. The module will help develop an understanding of cyber security and cyber resilience, as well as the relationship between these two areas of security.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online so you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online discussion boards allow interaction with fellow students and tutors, as well as peer-review submitted work
  • Induction and tutorials are facilitated through webinars and other online software
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to allow you to develop a range of teaching materials and objects that can be shared with fellow students and used in the classroom
  • You will be part of an ongoing peer group of students that support each other and keep learning materials current, to allow school pupils the most up-to-date experience and information in Computing Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants must be:

  • GTCS registered teachers
  • qualified primary or secondary school teachers
  • employed full-time or part-time within an educational setting.
  • qualified to SCQF 10 or above

CPD Award

You will study the Introduction to Cyber Security module.

You will learn about:

  • Client operating systems
  • Cyber resilience models and key activities (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover)
  • Ethical hacking operating systems and tools
  • Virtual environment security
  • Virtual environments
  • Virtual networks
  • Vulnerable operating systems

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You will also participate in scheduled tutor-led activities and discussions, facilitated through virtual classroom technology.

How long will my course last?


  • Part-time (structured): 1 semester @ 20 hours per week (a semester is approximately 14 weeks)

    Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

This course is fully online. You will be enrolled and receive support from tutors at Inverness College UHI.

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes
•    EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
•    EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
•    EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

 2020-212021-22
Year 1: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £430 £430
Year 2: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £430 £430

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2020-212021-22
Year 1: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £2,240 £2,305
Year 2: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £2,240 £2,305

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

International students

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

 2020-212021-22
Year 1: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £2,340 £3,615
Year 2: Part-time, two 20 credit modules £2,340 £3,615

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

Candidates will need access to a computer in order to carry out their coursework, and broadband access to allow interaction with the learning materials on the VLE. Existing UHI LIS advice on minimum computer specifications and broadband speeds should be followed and, wherever possible, be exceeded.

What can I do on completion of my course?

It is expected that applicants are already qualified primary or secondary school teachers, who are employed full-time or part-time within an educational setting. On completion of this course, you will be able to deliver the basic Cyber security curriculum and supporting practical activities.

Can I progress into further study?

Depending on your job role and interest, you may wish to progress from CPD Award Introduction to Cyber Security to the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The course really caters to all levels of educators, it's obvious that a lot of consideration has been given to the needs of delivering Cyber Security in schools. There's a good balance of online tasks, independent learning and discussion with others, and the lecturers are very responsive and helpful. I feel I now have the confidence to build and deliver a Cyber Security course in my school and would like to support other schools in doing the same.

Darren Brown teaches Computing Science. He completed our CPD Award Introduction to Cyber Security online, with the support of staff at Inverness College UHI.

Apply for Introduction to Cyber Security CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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