Course code: HE20524V06

Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security)

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Overview About this course

With our reliance on technology progressing and cyber security threats becoming an increasing challenge for both individuals and organisations, the demand for qualified network security specialists is growing. In the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) you will acquire the technical skills needed to work as a cyber-security specialist in the fast-growing and dynamic IT industry. Learn to protect data and information, develop solutions for the control and protection against cybercrime and use innovative technologies to manage cyber security threats.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use physical networking equipment and network simulators

  • Navigate database management systems

  • Monitor network security and develop security tools

  • Apply programming languages for network automation

  • Set up and deploy virtual machines

  • Use pen testing applications

Course Outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with a Bachelor Degree

  • The skills and knowledge to gain employment in the industry as a network security specialist in a fast-growing and dynamic industry

  • The ability to sit for recognised industry certifications such as Cisco, CCNA and CCNP

  • An extensive range of established industry contacts and a strong network of peers

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed Certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

You must also:

  • Submit a 500 word essay that shows your motivation to study and work in the information technology industry

  • Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support

  • Have mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering this course, or you may be required to undertake a bridging program or preparatory course

Note:

  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Some experience and knowledge in information technology

  • A strong interest in information technology and cyber security

  • Computer and digital literacy

  • A background in Information technology

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

ICT Security Specialist

ICT Security Specialists establish, manage and administer organisation's ICT security policies and procedures to ensure preventive and recovery strategies are in place, and to minimise the risk of internal and external security threats.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    88%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    3,000 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    40 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $2,420

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    13% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: security administrator, system administrator, network administrator , cyber security support analyst and cyber security engineer.

Study pathways

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Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) does not have any post-graduate courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 21 core subjects and 3 elective subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

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      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

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      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

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