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IoC Skills Bootcamp: Cyber Security (Cyber Operations)

This free 16-week Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security will provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed as a Security Analyst working with a Security Operations Centre team....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date November 2021
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment


This free 16-week Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security will provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed as a Security Analyst working with a Security Operations Centre team. Learn core security skills needed for monitoring, detecting, investigating, analysing and responding to security events in order to protect systems and organisations from cybersecurity risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

The next start date for this course is Monday 29 November, so if you are looking to learn new skills, or develop existing knowledge in Cyber Security, then apply now and take the next step in your career. 


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This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

100% of learners who successfully compete this Skills Bootcamp will acquire new digital and technical skills. This hands-on, career-oriented course has an emphasis on practical experiences to help you develop skills to handle the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of an associate-level Security Analyst working in a Security Operations Center (SOC). This free course includes:

  • 28 Modules and 46 hands-on labs
  • 110+ interactive activities, videos, & quizzes
  • 6 Cisco Packet Tracer activities
  • 1 practice certification exam

After successful completion of this course, you will be ready to launch your career in cybersecurity operations with the Cisco® Certified Cyber Ops Associate certification.

You will be able to: Master the essentials to prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity threats and breaches Rev up your resume with training and certification on cybersecurity operations knowledge and skills Boost your confidence by gaining real-world knowledge

Tell the world what you’ve achieved with a digital certification badge on your social media profiles.

Who can study this course?

This course is aimed at those with little experience in computing, who aren’t afraid of learning new technical skills. Most importantly we want you to be excited about learning new digital skills in networks and cyber. If you have a computing but would like to specialise/upskill in cyber then you’re absolutely welcome to apply, and we’ll develop your existing skills in new ways. 

This Skills Bootcamp is appropriate for students at many education levels and types of institutions, including those already in employment wanting to upskills, secondary vocational students and college students. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand cybersecurity operations network principles, roles, and responsibilities as well as the related technologies, tools, regulations, and frameworks available
  • Apply knowledge and skills to monitor, detect, investigate, analyse, and respond to security incidents
  • Apply for entry-level jobs as Associate Security Analyst and Incident Responder
  • Take the Cisco Certified Cyber Ops Certification exam

How will the course be delivered?

You will learn through a flexible hybrid-model that combines online learning with face-to-face teaching. For the first eight weeks, you will learn online through tutor-led sessions, with support on CV and interview techniques. For the last eight weeks, you will learn on-campus or via online-labs, with soft skills support from our Careers+ employability team and classroom support from our staff.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Essential Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 or above qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

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Course Fees:

This Skills Bootcamp is free for individuals to apply and study. Employers who wish to upskill existing employees through the Skills Bootcamps will need to pay 30% of the fees that would normally be charged for this course, please email for more details. 

Course Duration

Start date: 29 November 2021

    • Flexible hybrid learning
    • 8 weeks online learning (all sessions will be recorded) 
    • 8 weeks on campus or online laboratories
    • Access to on campus labs and support

Location: Online, with access to facilities at support at our City Centre Campus 

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

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