IT – Web and Cyber Security

IT – Web and Cyber Security

Our IT and Computing courses are ideal if you want a career in web development, computer graphics, animation, 3d modelling, cyber security, games design or programming, systems engineering, technical support and networking.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Information Technology
  • Qualification BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Victoria House
  • Course Length 2 years

This course is aimed at learners who wish to develop their IT skills in Web and Cybersecurity. This course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for learners thinking about employment as an IT practitioner working in a variety of areas such as:

  • Client side programming, e.g. CSS, JavaScript
  • Server side programming, e.g. PHP, MySQL
  • Network security
  • Intrusion detection

There is a common first year programme covering a range of core IT topics. In the second year, learners study a range of common topics and 4 topics specifically oriented towards web development and cybersecurity.

The Extended Diploma qualification is the equivalent of three full A Levels and is recognised as such by industry and the majority of UK universities.

Teaching is undertaken in both theoretical aspects and practical workshop-type environments. The faculty has a dedicated IT Lab for students’ use which enables learners to investigate computer hardware and software within a controlled environment adding to the high level of practical content. You will also be expected to undertake a considerable amount of study in your own time, researching topics and working on assignments. Your personal tutor will advise, help and encourage you with your work at college.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed via assignments in the form of written work, question and answer sessions or practical demonstrations. We aim to provide a range of teaching and assessment methodologies to ensure variety and appeal across a broad spectrum.

Year 1 Units
Mandatory Units:
· Information Technology Systems
· Creating Systems to Manage Information
· Using Social Media in Business
· Programming

Optional units – which could include:
· Data Modelling
· Website Development

Year 2 Units
Mandatory Units
· IT Project Management
· Cyber Security & Incident Management
· IT Service Delivery

Optional units – which could include:
· Software Testing
· The Internet of Things
· Enterprise in IT
· Big Data & Business Analytics

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps: You can either progress into IT-related employment in areas such as Web programming, Cybersecurity or Technical Support or proceed on to Higher Education or a degree apprenticeship. Previous students have gone on to study subjects such as Computer Science, Ethical Hacking, and Digital Forensics at universities including Stafford, Bath, Plymouth and other respected universities. Students wishing to stay within the Exeter area can progress on to our HND in Computing.

Entry Requirements

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Maths.

Additional entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent. Learners progressing from a Level 2 course will need a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a good Merit profile along with English and Maths GCSE at grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: In addition, learners are expected to have an interest in computers and/or information technology, with a career aim in a computing related field.


You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with a range of books and journals including many available electronically through Dawson e-books. The LRC also has subscriptions to PCPro and .Net magazine with articles on current developments in the computing world. Additionally there is a suite of computers that may be booked to carry out individual work and research.

The Faculty has an IT Lab with a curriculum support technician allowing learners to investigate the workings of modern PCs and networks. Practical sessions include the provision for dismantling and assembling computer hardware as well as configuring and managing local computer networks and server technologies.

As a student of the IT course, learners will have the opportunity to apply for access to free software from Microsoft to support their studies.

There is a refectory in Victoria House serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Additional Costs

The course is supported by two core text books, which will cost around £25 each. There is also a £20 resource fee payable at enrolment to cover specialist equipment and resources applicable to an IT course. In addition, learners will have the opportunity to attend a number of trips and outings which are separately costed.

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