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Course code HE20524 Bachelor
Locations The Bachelor is offered at TAFE NSW Meadowbank and TAFE NSW Liverpool.
Duration Bachelor - 3 years full time or part time equivalent
Next intake
  • Classes commence 13 February 2023
  • First round applications close 25 November 2022
  • Late applications will be accepted until 27 January 2023 subject to availability of places.
Course load Bachelor - You must complete 24 subjects and achieve 240 credit points.

The Bachelor degree prepares students to sit for recognised industry certifications (such as Cisco CCNA and CCNP).

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) you must have at least ONE of the following entry requirements:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

You must also:

  • Submit additional information with your application, including a short essay and interview. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry, and where there are more applicants than study places available, will be used to rank your application.
  • 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.

Please note:

  • You do NOT require an ATAR for entry into this course
  • If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage

Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page*.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE International website.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

* Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

If you have extensive relevant and current industry experience or you’ve recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemptions from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security).

Courses for which recognition will be granted include, but are not limited to, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications in information technology, networking, network security, network engineering, communications engineering, database design, systems administration and software development.

Talk to your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

Study pattern

Full-time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to quizzes, practical exercises, case studies, journals, group activities and examinations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

You might be interested in starting out with a higher education short course first.

These short courses are undergraduate certificates, designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities, or to count towards completing the diploma or bachelor course.

These courses are available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information including tuition fees go to the TAFE NSW International website.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber & Network Security) is a three-year degree that equips you with the skills to safeguard IT systems and combat cybercrime, in both government and non-governmental contexts.

The first year of the degree focusses on generic IT subjects, such an introduction to databases, programming, and cyber security, as well as professional and communication skills for IT professionals.

The second and third years of this degree, allow students to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, in the areas of cryptography, network security, cloud computing, secure programming, software defined and programmable networks, network automation, and project management. Students select three electives during the course, enabling them to focus on areas of interest such as wireless networks, data infrastructure engineering, knowledge management, machine learning, computer and network forensics, and emerging technologies security.

Additionally, you will complete two major industry-based case study projects during the course, allowing you to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are sought after in the industry.

The growth in cyber crime makes graduates of the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) degree, highly sought after. By completing this degree, you will be qualified to work in a broad range of roles in the IT sector, including government, corporate, and business contexts, where there is a large demand for professionals who can secure and monitor IT systems, for protecting personal and organisational data.

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