Cyber Security (Level 4 Diploma)

48 weeks | Online | Tutor-supported | Accredited

Qualification number (RQF): 603/3331/5


Cyber Security (Level 4 Diploma)

Here, you’ll find information on the Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security including course eligibility, objectives, benefits and content. To enrol in this advanced cyber security course, purchase the course via this website and complete your details as part of the checkout process. You’ll then be contacted with further details about the final stages of the enrollment process.

Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security course objectives

The Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security qualification has been created to develop those learners who are looking to choose, or already have chosen, a career in a business-related sector. This programme will encourage both academic and professional development so that you move forward to realise not just your own potential, but also that of your organisation. The rationale of the programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their core capabilities within the cyber security and risk management sector. The outcome of the Diploma, which is a recognised UK qualification, is for learners to develop the cyber security skills required by organisations globally. In doing so, the qualification looks to develop the cyber security team leaders, managers and leaders of the future through the creation and delivery of learning appropriate for that industry.


  • Flexible: (120 credits / 6 modules) Flexible and tutor-supported learning. Study online – with cutting-edge interactive software, videos, audio and content – at a time and place that suits you and your business.
  • Expert tutors: Our accredited tutors have all worked in senior information and cyber security planning roles in major global businesses and/or law-enforcement agencies. Each module has a specialist module tutor to support your learning.
  • CISSP preparation: This advanced cyber security course covers content that maps to most of the 8 subject matter domains within the formal Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – the Cyber Security ‘gold standard’ qualification.
  • Networking: Meet new colleagues and industry peers through virtual global networking and discussion forums. You will also be entitled to free attendance at Global Cyber Academy ‘live’ business network seminars in London.
  • EU GDPR: Covered in an advanced manner via a dedicated module on data security.
  • Accreditation: Pass every module to earn a Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security issued by a UK awarding body.
  • Progression route to university: Learners who pass the Level 4 Diploma may progress into the final year of the Anglia Ruskin University Cyber Security Bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility for Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security course: Entry requirements

To enrol on the Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security you must have:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 and/or;
  • Some technical and risk management experience in a computing or security business environment and demonstrable ambition with clear career goals;
  • A Level 4 qualification in another discipline and a wish to develop your career in cyber security.

Learning outcomes

The Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security will provide you with:

  1. The ability to read and utilise relevant technical and security literature (including threat intelligence feeds) with a full understanding; the ability to think independently and solve potential overarching cyber security issues within a business or organisation.
  2. The ability to apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems in the cyber security and digital risk management domains
  3. Recognition of the moral and ethical issues of business practice and research; an appreciation of the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct, including in relation to conducting investigations, audits and incident responses.
  4. An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of cyber security within business and service provision and wider operating environments and supply chains
  5. The capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, in a mature way; engage in credible debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists in relation to cyber security related issues and challenges.
  6. Transferable skills and knowledge – including Project Management and Incident Response – which will enable you to meet changing environments and risks.
  7. The motivation to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of your chosen career.
  8. A sense of understanding and respect of the global nature of the cyber threat environment; as well as the criticality of respecting, anticipating and learning from diverse, international business practices and the global operating context.

Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security course content

Module 1: Cyber Threat & Risk (20 credits, 200 hours total qualification time (TQT), 120 guided learning hours (GLH))

  1. What is ‘Threat’ and ‘Risk’ in a computer security environment?
  2. Cyber security, current attack trends and terminology
  3. Security and Risk Management as concepts
  4. Identifying and familiarising ourselves with threat intelligence feeds
  5. Calculating and demonstrating risk

Module 2: Network Security & Data Communications (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. Network Principles and Protocols
  2. Access Controls
  3. Software development and how it relates to cyber security risks
  4. Web applications and how they relate to risk
  5. Malware types and evolution

Module 3: Databases & Programming (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. Database security breach types
  2. How databases organise data; DB manufacturers, tools and approaches
  3. Case studies in big data organisation and breach incidents
  4. Impact and utility of Cloud-based approaches
  5. Differences between compiled and interpreted programming languages
  6. Write Python programs using popular expressions

Module 4: Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. Legal and Ethical Principles and Computer network investigations
  2. Forensic Science and Digital Forensics
  3. How to build the right teams to respond
  4. Incident Response and Crisis Management
  5. Reporting and recording activity
  6. Business Continuity Management

Module 5: Security Strategy: Laws, Policies and Implementation (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. Strategic management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  2. Project management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  3. Legal, regulatory and standards bodies
  4. Training and further development – standards and training
  5. Design a security audit to match regulatory and customised, environment-specific requirements

Elective modules

Choose either 6a or 6b:

Module 6a: Banking & Finance (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. Banking and Finance: How finance and markets work
  2. Case studies in Banking and Finance cyber-crime, including Insider Threat
  3. Legal, regulatory requirements and standards
  4. Cryptocurrencies, as they relate to cyber security
  5. Payment Card Industry and cyber security issues

Module 6b: Cyber Wars (20 credits, 200 hours TQT, 120 GLH)

  1. What do we mean by ‘Cyber Wars’ and where do they exist?
  2. Strategy, methods and motivations behind state-sponsored/encouraged cyber conflict/war
  3. Key government approaches: institutions, capabilities and perspectives
  4. Case studies in Business Communities and private sector responses
  5. Case studies in CNI and sector responses


1 formal assignment at the end of each module. Informal (formative) exercises during module. Formal assessments include business reports and presentations. Informal assessments include quizzes, comprehension, brainstorming and practice reports.


As this course is delivered online, there are no set start dates or cohorts. Once you have paid the fee and provided valid ID, you will be given access to the course.

Further information

This advanced cyber security course is provided by the Global Cyber Academy. The qualification is issued by Qualifi. You must be at least 16 years old to enrol on this course.


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