Digital Technology is a critical part of everyday life, and all of it is now part of a global network of computer systems. Designing, building, and maintaining these networks requires specially trained, skilled technicians and engineers. Users of these networks expect them to be safe and that their data is secure and the area of cybersecurity requires additional support.
Is this course right for me?
Do you have a passion for computing? Do you want a career in IT where you support organisations with their computer systems and networks? This BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma is the perfect way to start.
What will I learn?
This course usually takes place over three days per week for one year. You will be studying for a Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Digital Technology, specialising in Networking and Cybersecurity. Learners on this course will cover areas that include:
- Understanding IT network features and functions, common practices in network security, and the function and features of the main network appliances
- Setting up new equipment and upgrading existing systems
- IT service solutions and the issues encountered in IT solutions in an organisation
- Use of ethical hacking techniques to test the security of a network
- Creating and maintaining a network.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment on the course is in a variety of forms, including externally set supervised assessments and on-screen examination, as well as portfolio-based assignment work.
For entry onto the Level 2 Digital Technology (Networking & Cybersecurity) course, you will need:
- GCSE English - grade 3 or above
- GCSE Maths - grade 3 or above
- GCSE Computing or GCSE Computer Science
If you have not studied GCSE Computing, or only have qualifications in IT, you could gain entry onto the course by demonstrating your knowledge of digital technology via an interview.
After Your Course
This course could be your first step into working in cybersecurity or network support; you could go on to an apprenticeship or employment. You could also progress onto our Level 3 IT (Software Development) course if you wanted to expand your programming knowledge and skills.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course