Cyber Security & Computer Systems Level 4 (inc Computing HNC)

Craven College is part of the NEW Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (which has received £10m Government investment). You will have access to a brand new floor of high spec i5 PCs as well as industry-standard Cisco Networking equipment on our Skipton Campus. We are working with a network of employers Skipton Building Society, Computershare,, JBA Consulting, PEEL interactive, Selestial Software, CPOMS and Craven District Council, so that your curriculum meets their future employment needs in areas such as Ethical Hacking and Data Erasure.

The Cyber Security and Systems Level 4 programme incorporates Computing HNC (UCAS A3Y7).

Choose between full-time (2 x 0.5 days per week) and part-time (2 x evenings per week).

An Achievement Bursary of £750 is available for all students on this course.

Course Level:
Level 4
1 Year
Study Time:
Aireville Campus
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
Subject to validation

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note Higher National Certificates (HNC) are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a HNC to a Higher National Diploma are subject to a new fee.


This 1 year HNC Level 4 is an ideal qualification if you want to achieve professional recognition in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. It is recognised by the British Computing Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is a good qualification if you want to develop your technical knowledge, skills and understanding of this exciting and rapidly evolving sector and be a lead technologist in your field.

Our brand new Networking Lab, Cisco networking equipment, Smooth Wall Firewall, HP servers and switching will ensure you have all the infrastructure you need to be ahead of the game.

The course will be taught over 1 or 2 days a week allowing you to work alongside studying and with a total cost of £6,000 (£6,750 with a cash payment of £250 at the end of each term conditional on at least 85% attendance and making expected progress).

You will need to undertake significant independent study outside of taught sessions. For every one taught hour you should spend at least two hours studying independently away from College, equating to at least eight hours per week.

Assessment is on a continuous basis with up to two assignments in each unit. Assessment is via coursework which takes a variety of forms including written reports, presentations, portfolios and written reflections.


Mandatory Core Units

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  •  Website Design & Development
  •  Software Development Lifecycles


Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)
  • Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview

Your choices may include:

  • Ethical Hacker
  • Software Developer/Engineer
  • Data Erasure Engineer/Techician
  • Games Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Data Analyst
  • Network Engineer

Your choices may include:

  • Computing HND
  • Computing BSc
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