Information Security (7550)

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016
The growth of hacking and phishing across the Internet requires well trained and tested professionals. The Level 3 Diploma in Information Security is designed to provide the knowledge and skills for dealing with cyber security issues and how to work with others to combat them.  This is also the main qualification with the Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Security.

For those who will be responsible for ensuring their organisation is prepared to combat cyber security issues the Level 4 Diploma in Information Security provides the knowledge and ability to assess security risks, conduct information security audits and contribute to the risk management as part of an information security strategy. This is the competency qualification in the Higher Level Apprenticeship for Information Security.
These qualifications are aimed at those seeking employment as information/cyber security personnel, either in an assistant role (Level 3) or for those moving from other areas of ICT to take on the testing and risk assessment of information security (Level 4). Those who have undertaken an Intermediate Apprenticeship for IT, Web, Software and Telecoms Professionals may wish to progress to this qualification and its Advanced Apprenticeship as an alternative to the Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Web, Software and Telecoms Professionals.

The qualifications are based on the National Occupational Standards and IISP skills Framework.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

For the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security, learners will be expected to undertake the mandatory elements for developing own effectiveness and professionalism, health and safety and principles of information governance and assurance, then select from a range of competency units that include such areas as security testing, security incident investigation, security audits, system operation, investigating and defining customer requirements, as well as Knowledge units that includes topics such as secure system development, system and data security, data modelling, networking principles.

For the Level 4 Diploma in Information Security the learner will be able to improve their skills and knowledge, being able to select units from areas such as user profile administration, undertaking security risk assessment, developing software components to undertake testing.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Those who successfully complete the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security can undertake junior roles within teams that undertake; Network Security Development, Information Assurance, Penetration Testing or Secure Systems Development.

Those who successfully complete the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security can undertake a more autonomous role within teams that undertake; Network Security Development, Information Assurance, Penetration Testing or Secure Systems Development.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

The Level 3 Diploma in Information Security has a mix of Technical knowledge and Practical units, with learners being expected to be assessed through the use of City & Guilds assignments where available or a portfolio of evidence with the Competence units specifically looking at how the learner performs in the work place.

The Level 4 Diploma in Information Security is a Competence product comprising Practical Units that are expected to be evidenced from activities in the workplace.

Centre will need to become familiar with the content of the qualification and provide sufficient equipment within the centre or ensure access in the workplace to provide the learner with the opportunity to cover all aspects of the programme.

Level 3

The Level 3 Diploma in Information Security provides the skills and knowledge to become a professional in
the field of Information Security (which includes Cyber Security) and is the only vocational qualification within the Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Security Framework.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Those who successfully complete the Level 3 Diploma in Information Security can undertake junior roles within teams that undertake; Network Security Development, Information Assurance, Penetration Testing or Secure Systems Development.

Level 3 Diploma in Information Security (7550-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Information Security

  • Accreditation No: 601/1487/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 96 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 477 - 504 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4

The Level 4 Diploma in Information Security is a practical qualification requiring the learner to gather evidence from within the work place. It is the competency vocational qualification within the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Information technology Framework

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Those who successfully complete the Level 4 Diploma in Information Security can undertake a more autonomous role within teams that undertake; Network Security Development, Information Assurance, Penetration Testing or Secure Systems Development.

Level 4 Diploma in Information Security Professional Competence (7550-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 4 Diploma in Information Security Professional Competence

  • Accreditation No: 601/1789/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 78 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 280 - 380 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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