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Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Higher National Diploma

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    The Higher National Diploma in Computing: Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity provides a programme of study that covers the understanding and practical skills required in the digital forensics, cybersecurity and cyber defense sectors. As the emerging technologies grows, so does the need for highly skilled and well-trained cybersecurity experts.

    This course is designed to provide you with a range of skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare you for a career in this evolving industry. As security and privacy issues are becoming increasing threats you'll be on the front-line ready to deal with a wide range of risks and challenges. This course will prepare you to research and improve your skillset.

    Gloucestershire College offers you an expert tutorial system, providing support to develop your professional and personal educational abilities. Also, the necessary qualities and attitudes required to attend to and adapt with the demands of this growing cybersecurity market.

    What will I study?

    • Computing Research Project and Networking (Core)
    • Business Intelligence (Core)
    • Cryptography (Security Pathway)
    • Forensics (Security Pathway)
    • Information Security Management (Security Pathway)

    And 2 optional from

    • Network Security
    • Internet of Things
    • Cloud Computing
    • Emerging Technologies

    (This list is not exhaustive)

    The exact combination of units delivered can be discussed with students in the application stage.

    If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information, try The Student Loan Company   Fees quoted on Gloscol website page are per year of study.

    Please be aware we do require you to apply via UCAS .

    Information you will need to complete your UCAS application is as follows: 

    The UCAS code for HND Computing & Systems Development is 100L

    The UCAS institution code for Gloucestershire College is G45

    Please see Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice available at (subject to agreed amendments).  Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy and Code of Practice has been written based on guidance from external bodies that regulate consumer law, customer protection and education standards.  If you have any queries about either Gloucestershire College’s Admissions Policy or Code of Practice, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Admissions department via telephone 01242 532008 or

    Please note that modules could be subject to change but any such changes, to module delivery, would be in consultation with the students.

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