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IoC Skills Bootcamp: Cyber Security (Cyber Operations)

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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 February 2022
  • 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 22 February, 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.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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: 22 February 2022

    • 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

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Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

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