NPA Cyber Security

Why enroll in this certification?

There is a current skills shortage in the field of Cyber Security to defend against cyber-attacks. It is believed that education is key to addressing the skills gap. The NPA Cyber Security awards have stemmed from the need to address the growing rise in easily preventable cybercrime.

Certification in Cyber Security will attract learners for a number of reasons. The demand for Cyber Security is high among employers. The National Progression Awards in Cyber Security at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 represent an additional, essential, vocational qualification at each level providing a clear progressive context and structure for the development of key contemporary knowledge and skills. They are primarily designed as ‘feeder’ qualifications to more advanced awards. By capturing the interests and imaginations of young people at a formative stage in their lives (aged 15–18), it is hoped that some will progress to further studies in this field. However, the awards will deliver foundation knowledge and skills in cyber security that would give learners a head start if/when they progress to more advanced qualifications.

Who does the certification suit?

The creation of a National Progression Award in Cyber Security provides an entry-level qualification for learners who wish to study this topic at lower levels (SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6). The certification will be attractive to young learners at school and college.

The certification is also relevant to learners wishing to develop and enhance Cyber skills to support their learning across a wide range of curricular areas and school pupils who will undertake the qualification as a broadening of the Computing Science curriculum.

The certification is of interest to learners at school and college. National Progression Awards in this field (Computing) are popular in the final years of secondary education, often used to compliment a traditional programme of National Qualifications in preparation for progression to university. In the college context, the certification can be taken to prepare learners for a wide range of Higher National qualifications in areas such as Business, Computing and Engineering.

The aim of the certification is to provide a foundation in cyber security that will prepare learners for further studies at college or university or eventual employment via an apprenticeship or degree course.

Content

NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 4
(18 SCQF credit points)
Group Award code: GK7W 44
Units: Digital Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking
Duration: 120 Hours
NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 5
(18 SCQF credit points)
Group Award code: GK7X 45
Units: Digital Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking
Duration: 120 Hours
NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 6
(18 SCQF credit points)
Group Award code: GK7Y 46
Units: Digital Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking
Duration: 120 Hours

Fees

NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 4
Registration fee: - 650 AED (SQA fees)
Tution fees:- 4000 AED
Exam fees: 500 AED
NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 5
Registration fee: - 750 AED (SQA fees)
Tution fees:- 4800 AED
Exam fees: 500 AED
NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF level 6
Registration fee: - 900 AED (SQA fees)
Tution fees:- 5400 AED
Exam fees: 500 AED

Progression

These NPAs cover SCQF levels 4–6, allowing clear progression and development routes to higher level education and employment. The certification is available at three levels in a hierarchy structure and learners may progress to the next level if they wish to continue their studies.

Learners can also progress to a number of other qualifications in this area, or a related area. This award may also lead to employment in a data analyst role.

Potential progression paths include:

  • NPA Cyber Security SCQF Level 4 à SCQF Level 5 à SCQF Level 6
  • PDA Cyber Security SCQF Level 7 à SCQF Level 8
  • HND Computing: Software Development
  • Technical Apprenticeship in Information Security/ Digital Media
  • Graduate Apprenticeship in Information Security/ Digital Media
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Software Engineering
  • Degree in a range of other disciplines
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