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Forensic Computing and Cyber Security Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

Are you interested in securing network traffic? Recovering lost data files? Investigating computer systems for incriminating data? Finding out how data encryption actually works?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then the Diploma in Forensic Computing qualification is the right choice for you!

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about Forensic Computing. It is designed to meet the demand for specialists able to detect, prevent, and investigate crime related to computers, the internet and networks.

A full-time course, the Diploma in Forensic Computing is a programme equivalent to studying three AS-Levels.

It builds your practical skills, teaching you the knowledge you will need to become successful as a Forensic Computing specialist.

The college supports you by providing well-equipped labs and up to date computer systems and networks which you can investigate and explore without restriction.

Course content

Your studies will include:

  • Data crime related to identity theft (‘phishing’), virus attacks, organised crime, tax evasion, fraud, pornography and hacking
  • Computer hardware and software programming
  • Cryptography and cryptanalysis
  • IT audit, legislative frameworks.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully achieved 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C, including English and Maths, or successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Computing with merit and functional skills at Level 2.

Selection is dependent upon a successful interview, homework, completion of a 2-day selection event and a positive reference.


Typically, Diploma programmes have no formal exams, preferring to test your knowledge and understanding through a mixture of vocationally relevant assignments and projects.

Assignments usually involve a high-degree of practical work although some will require you to complete background research before starting the task.

Most assignments will involve you doing work outside scheduled classes although your lecturers are fully committed to give you support when you need it.

You will be expected to spend at least 12 hours per week studying outside of attendance at classes.

Financial information

There is an exam fee for BTEC Registration. You’ll need to pay for various materials, including a USB Memory stick, CD's and printed resources.

You will have the opportunity to attend one or more course related day trips or activities during the year - a fee is charged at enrolment as a contribution towards these events.

Future opportunities

  •  Successful completion of the one year course enables you to enrol on the Extended Diploma in Forensic Computing for a second year of full-time study.
  • Achievement of the Extended Diploma is equivalent to completing 3 full A Levels and represents good progression for either work or Higher Education (e.g. Edexcel Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or BSc Degree).
  • Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment as a forensic computer analyst.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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