Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Cyber Security and Infrastructure Support

  • Course Code AAA0702
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This study programme is endorsed by Perfect Image/IT Solutions http://www.perfect-image.co.uk/

Our Computing Department are members of Dynamo North East - http://www.dynamonortheast.co.uk/ and Digital Unionhttps://generator.org.uk/services/digital-union/about/

How do you secure your life online and support your future employers to protect their infrastructure? In the coming year, hackers will launch increasingly sophisticated attacks on everything from critical infrastructure to medical devices. This study programme will give you with the vital skills and knowledge to enable you to protect IT systems and make you a vital asset to any business. 


It will teach you the fundamentals of encryption, investigate how hackers penetrate systems and provide strong cyber-defence tactics. Starting with the basics of building computer systems to supporting and maintaining network technologies. You should have a basic knowledge of PC systems either through use of your computer at home or the subjects you have studied at school.


What will I study?

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways: Cyber Security and Infrastructure or Support Networking & Telecoms

You will complete the following commercial projects set by our employer partners:

Project 1 - Specify and Build a Computer System: Learn how to plan, monitor and implement a project using IT to help you to specify and build a computer system for a client. By completing this project, you could also sit the Cisco IT Essentials exam which has the potential to lead into the professional CompTIA A+ certification.


Project 2 - Design and Build a Network Infrastructure: Working alongside Perfect Image you will design and virtually build a network infrastructure to suit the needs of a client. This will involve consideration of a range of network system devices and network operating systems. As the devices and operating systems need to communicate with each other you will investigate a number of protocols and standards. Industry standard technology will be used to implement your design virtually.


Project 3 – Cyber Security: There are now more than 120 separate families of ransomware, said experts studying the malicious software. "Ransomware and crypto malware are rising at an alarming rate and show no signs of stopping," said Raj Samani, European technology head for Intel Security. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36459022 This project takes an in depth look at the cyber security issues organisations face in securing their network infrastructure. You will investigate different encryption techniques, firewall technologies and attempt to penetrate a network.

In addition to your projects you will have the opportunity to complete:

  • Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals
  • Microsoft MTA Security Fundamentals
  • Microsoft MTA Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • Microsoft MTA Server Administration Fundamentals
  • Microsoft MTA Cloud Fundamentals Cisco Networking Academy Program for CCNA
  • Cisco Networking Academy Introduction to Cyber Security course


Mentoring Scheme

Along with this you will be part of an employer based mentoring scheme where you will work with a mentor from a local business to help improve your skills further. The possibilities with this scheme are endless, students have been given real-life projects to work on, visited their mentors at work and been given opportunities to showcase their work. This scheme, along with our tutorial programme will help you become work ready as well as preparing you for the outside world with training on money management, help with job hunting, interviews and confidence building.


English and maths

You use these skills all the time in work and they are crucially important for employers. Studying English and maths in college is different to school and you will see how these skills are relevant to the industry you are interested in working in. We look at what you can do when you join us and then we’ll put a programme together which best meets your needs and aspirations. This might mean working towards a pre-GCSE qualification or towards an A*-C grade in GCSE English and maths and, if you’ve already achieved this, you’ll continue to build on your skills in these subjects.


About our teachers

Our teachers are ambitious, talented and passionate about making your experience at college the very best it can be. They have up to date industry experience to share with you and the energy and enthusiasm to help you to get where you need to be.


Work Experience

We want you to be job ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learnt into practice in the workplace. Relevant and high quality work experience placements, employer mentoring, commercial and vocational projects will help you to do this and are an important part of your study programme. Plus, make an impression on an employer and who knows where that could lead!


What our students say…

“This course not only gave me the qualifications I needed to kick start my career, but the experience and skills too. I’m now working as an apprentice in IT Support, it’s all thanks to Gateshead College." Matthew O’Donnell


Success, progression and employment

You could progress into a role as IT Technical Support, Network technician, Network Administration, Network Security, Digital Forensics or Telecoms. Past students have gained employment with The Cairn Hotel Group, HMRC, Ponteland School, Gateshead College and ITPS and progressed to universities such as Northumbria, Sunderland, Leeds, Liverpool and Teesside


Fast-track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.


Local labour market intelligence from EMSI (http://www.economicmodeling.com/) predicts to 2017:

  • A 5% growth in IT user and support technician jobs.
  • Average hourly pay of £12.74 for technicians
  • Increased demand for network systems, computer system administrators and data communication analysts


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The place of study

You’ll study at our £39million Baltic Campus on Gateshead Quays. This academy is equipped with the latest learning resources as well as modern classrooms, the latest IT, relaxed social spaces, a gym, three places to eat and a Costa Coffee.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

GCSE English language and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C)

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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