Where will this course lead?

The Cybersecurity Essentials 1.0 course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing more advanced studies in the field of cybersecurity. This foundational course provides an overview of the cybersecurity field. The curriculum explores the characteristics of and tactics used by cyber criminals. It then delves into the technologies, products, and procedures cybersecurity professionals use to combat cybercrime. The curriculum is appropriate for students at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centres. Students are encouraged to continue their studies within the Cisco Cybersecurity pathway.

What will I study?

Cybersecurity Essentials covers foundation knowledge and essential skills in all security domains in the cyber world - information security, systems security, network security, mobile security, physical security, ethics and laws, related technologies, defense and mitigation techniques used in protecting businesses, including the following topics:


Cyber Criminals versus Cyber Heroes

Threats to the Kingdom

The Dark Forces of Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Sorcery Cube

CIA Triad

Cybersecurity Countermeasures

IT Security Management Framework

Malware and Malicious Code



Access Controls

Obscuring Data

Types of Data Integrity Controls

Defending Systems and Devices

Incident Response

Disaster Recovery

How will this course be delivered?

This course is offered through our Cisco Networking Academy at Solihull College, with workshops with individual lab facilities, supported by your tutor.

Study materials include online labs and Cisco Netacad study resources to support independent study and lab facilities both in college and at home.

To facilitate effective distance learning Solihull college has invested in a range of on-line resources which includes Microsoft Teams used for distance workshops & tutor support, Cisco Netacad, and student Office 365. These facilities will enable us to provide an equivalent class-based experience, with student-tutor and student-student interaction.

This course is available to study in the daytime, over 15 weeks, on Thursdays 9:30 to 4:30 with a blended approach of tutor-led and distance learning. Learners may re-enrol on course to extend their period of study.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of the course learners will receive a Cisco certificate. Certifications give you a professional edge by providing globally recognised industry endorsed evidence of skills and mastery, demonstrating your abilities and willingness to embrace new technologies.

How will I be assessed?

The course includes assessments throughout, with both practical and quiz exercises.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview, subject to meeting the entry requirements.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be over 19. Before attending this course, students must have an understanding of computer networks and be a proficient user of a PC.

What else do I need to know?

Students should have a suitable PC with access to the internet.

*If you successfully complete the free CISCO IT Essentials course you will gain your next step qualification at a 50% discounted rate.

What can I do after this course?

This course provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology and assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience. This course is intended for individuals who are seeking employment as a Cybersecurity Analyst or Network Security Engineer.


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.