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Level 4 - Security

The course comprises a single unit accreditation for Unit 5: Security from the Pearson BTEC HNC Computing qualification.
Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
1 Years
Level 4

Course Structure

The course is studied over a period of 17 weeks and comprises a single unit accreditation for

  • Unit 5: Security from the Pearson BTEC HNC Computing qualification.  


The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of computer security considerations and will address topics such as, network security design, address translation, DMZ, VPN, firewalls, AV and intrusion detection systems.  


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Available Sessions

Title Campus Type Start Spaces Fee
Level 4 - Security



Day: Tues, Thur
Time: 18:00-21:00



Level 4 - Security



Day: Mon, Wed
Time: 18:00-21:00



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Contact Hours

Contact Hours Per Week

3 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further 3 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials

Entry Requirements

 General Entry Requirements:
  • A minimum of GCSEs at Grade C or above which must include:
  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


  • A minimum of 64 UCAS points

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge in computer security considerations.  Direct follow on opportunities include further study on the Level 4 HNC Computing programme.

How will it make me more employable?

The purpose of single unit accreditation is to allow learners considering enrolment on the HNC Programme an opportunity to experience study with SERC.  Learners who complete this qualification may wish to consider the full HNC in the future.  Single Unit accreditation also allows for practitioners within the IT and Computing industry to upskill in specific areas such as Programming and Infrastructure

Additional Costs

There are no additional associated costs with this Programme



Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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