Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices Course

Our Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices qualification aims to provide learners with sector awareness and a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to cyber security practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area.

This qualification will increase your knowledge and skills within cyber security, focussing on key terminology and legislation used in cyber security and understanding and the consequences and implications of inadequate cyber security, the Threat Model and the behaviours and effects of malicious software, how to reduce or remove a cyber security vulnerability and how to apply a cyber security control, cyber security incident response plans and how to carry out a cyber security incident post mortem, and the behaviours and skills expected within cyber security

At a glance:

This qualification is available at the following level:

  • Level 3

  • This qualification lasts approximately 150 – 220 guided learning hours.

  • We offer funded and co-funded courses (funding is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria)

  • Learners will be assessed through the creation of a portfolio of evidence


The course will include the following 6 mandatory units:

Understand Cyber Security Principles

Learners will gain an understanding of cyber security and the consequences and implications of inadequate cyber security. They will understand key terminology and the motivations of good and bad actors.  They will also investigate the advantages and disadvantages of security by design.

Understand Threat Intelligence in Cyber Security

Learners will develop an understanding of threat intelligence, Open Source Intelligence, and the importance of using reliable sources of information.  They will understand threat models and the effects of malicious software.

Cyber Security Testing, Vulnerabilities and Controls

Learners will gain an understanding of common types of testing in cyber security including mitigations following testing. They will understand vulnerabilities within cyber security and the steps to be taken when a vulnerability is identified. Learners will also gain knowledge of controls within cyber security and will be able to apply a basic control.

Cyber Security Incident Response

This unit provides an understanding of a cyber security incident response plan and checklist. Learners will also cover the knowledge required to be able to develop an incident post mortem report.

Understand Legislation and Ethical Conduct within Cyber Security

Learners will gain an understanding of the legislation surrounding cyber security. They will understand international law relating to cyber security and the importance of information security standards, moving onto gaining an understanding of ethical conduct within cyber security.

Professional Skills and Behaviours for Cyber Security

This unit provides an understanding of the behaviours required for a career within cyber security, learners will understand security clearance levels and possible employee screening checks that an employer might carry out.  They will understand the skills required for a career within cyber security and will be able to assess their own skills. They will also understand the importance of continuous professional development.

Progression Routes

Learners who complete our specialist IT qualifications can progress onto further IT qualifications, Functional Skills courses, or study a variety of other courses within CTP or with external providers. Contact CTP for information on progression routes.

Common progression routes include:

  • Apprenticeships

  • Traineeships

  • T-Levels

  • Further and Higher Education

  • Into employment

Entry Criteria

Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • Must hold a Level 2 in either IT or Cyber Security

  • Minimum L1 English language skills are preferred

  • Must not hold an equivalent qualification at the same or higher level

  • Funded and co-funded qualifications are subject to meeting eligibility criteria

  • Must not be enrolled on the same, or equivalent, programme elsewhere

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