IT and Computing (Digital Skills)


Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021

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16-18 N/A
19-24 £6,165 p/ year
24+ £6,165 p/ year
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This course is designed for people who are fascinated by security and the challenge of protecting our digitally-stored information; one of the biggest issues we face as a society today. You will gain an understanding of ethical hacking and penetration testing for computer systems, prevention of attacks (including the creation of a risk management strategy and disaster recovery planning), securing personal and business systems, and cyber security programming. *Subject to validation.

The validating body for this course is NCG

Please note: If you succesfully completed a level three course at LSC in 2017-18 and want to progress to an HE course then you don't need to complete a UCAS application. Use the 'Apply' button to apply direct to the College.

Aims of the course

To enable students to gain technical and professional skills which will enable them to work in the rapidly growing cyber security industry.

Unit Breakdown

Year one

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Behavioural Analytics and Data Security
  • Fundamentals of Security Programming
  • Networking and Computer Systems
  • Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Server Administration and Compliancy
  • Work Related Learning.

Year two

  • Cyber Security Programming
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Further Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Systems
  • Server Investigation
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Professional placements
  • You'll be encouraged to undertake work placements and manage live projects from industry, giving you valuable work experience to help you to secure employment when you graduate.

Assessment Method

You will learn via written practical assignments, work-based projects, presentations, peer work and independent study.

Assessment is carried out through in-course technical reports, presentations, case-studies, peer assessments, work-based projects and time-constrained assessments.

Progression Opportunities

You will be able to progress on to further study (such as a top-up degree), or go directly into employment within the police, private computer forensics company or security organisation, or as an internal specialist for larger organisations.

Career Options

The course opens up career opportunities in security and digital forensics with commercial companies and law enforcement agencies (such as the policy, military and government intelligence agencies, and private security and consulting companies).

You could work as:

  • A penetration tester (finding security vulnerabilities in target systems, networks, and applications to help enterprises improve their security)
  • Forensic analyst (recovering and examining data from computers and other electronic storage devices to be used as evidence in prosecutions)
  • Incident responder (reviewing services and information at risk to contain and eradicate threat agents by providing service recovery guidance).

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course:

  • You must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018
  • 70-80 UCAS points, preferably from an ICT A Level/Level 3 vocational qualification such as the Edexcel Extended Diploma.
  • You will normally be expected to have GCSEs at A*-C grades (9-4) in English and maths.
  • For mature students (aged 21 or over) without these qualifications, relevant industry experience may also be considered.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or a nationally recognised equivalent.


You'll learn at our £41m state-of-the-art Southwark campus which offers an innovative learning environment and specialised facilities, including IT laboratories equipped with the latest technology.

Process for Application

Apply via UCAS here:

What could I earn?

  • IT engineers £46,300
  • Programmers and software development professionals £55,200
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c. £46,800

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