Course code: HE20624

Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security)

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Overview About this course

Our reliance on technology is progressing and cyber security threats are becoming an increasing challenge for both individuals and organisations. Therefore the need for qualified network security specialists is growing and you're skills will always be in demand.

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:

  • Monitor and evaluate computer networks, applications and data systems for vulnerabilities

  • Develop solutions for the management and protection against the threat of cybercrime

  • Install and configure security devices and tools to protect the security of data and information

  • Perform penetration testing to identify system and network vulnerabilities and undertake forensic analysis and reporting on cyber and network security breaches and incidents

  • Set up, test, configure and deploy physical networking equipment, network simulators and virtual machines

  • Apply coding languages for software-defined and programmable network automation and administer cloud computing platforms such as AWS and Azure

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with a bachelor's 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 as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript OR

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript OR

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript

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


  • 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: 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 or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful, you'll achieve 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.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      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

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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