Cyber Security HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course is for students who have completed HNC Cyber Security and who want to progress to a degree in a Computing discipline or into employment in computing-related disciplines.

This course is equivalent to the second year of degree study, and we offer this course as a standalone HND or as part of a three-year programme which will allow you to graduate with the University of West of Scotland Batchelor of Engineering Cyber Security degree which is also available on campus at Dumfries & Galloway College.

Opportunities exist to enable learners to attend part-time on an individual subject basis.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time: 2 – 2.5 days per week, independent study will be required.

Entry Requirements

The HND Cyber is a 30 credit, 2-year programme with the HNC Cyber Security course covering the first 15 credits over the first year.

– Successful completion of the HNC Cyber Security (15 credits)

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference

Information and Interview Session Requirements

There are no interview arrangements for this course due to entry criteria being progression from HNC Cyber Security.

Course Content

Study will include 15 Higher National credits such as: Computer Operating Systems, Wireless Device Security, Server Administration for Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, and One double credit Computing graded unit project or exam is also included in the programme.


The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks, so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year.

Assessment methods may include individual and group projects, presentations, written assignments, and practical exercises,

There is an end of year graded project.


Successful completion of the full HND Cyber Security course will allow entry into the third year of the UWS Batchelor of Engineering Cyber Security degree, delivered at Dumfries & Galloway College.

Career Prospects

This HND will prepare you for entry to a wide range of positions such as Technician level post in cyber or network security, Security testing, Software testing, Programming position

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

This course completes the learner’s journey and prepares them for employment or further study.