Online course Part-time course
Modular Diploma in Cybersecurity Essentials

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Funded by the Government of Ireland as part of the July Stimulus Higher Education Provision

Diploma in Cybersecurity Essentials Course Overview and Audience

IBEC reported in the Irish Times in November 2019 that Ireland’s digital economy is under threat from a growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity personnel to protect against and respond to security breaches and that Cybersecurity is now a strategic business issue. This report also highlighted a 40 per cent increase in cybersecurity vacancies in the past two years but in the current climate of remote working its importance has been highlighted further. Through this course and the Cybersecurity Fundamentals module specifically participants will gain an understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of modern computer systems and networks and also gain practical skills in the protection of information systems as safeguarding digital data is a key priority for all modern enterprises. The Network Technology and Security module will allow them to apply learned physical concepts of standard networking to wireless and mobile networking.

This modular course will appeal to a range of adult learners who may or may not be currently in employment and wish to up-skill, or returners and other groups who may wish to re-skill and are seeking to develop their knowledge in Cybersecurity on a flexible modular basis. It will give those working in IT and responsible for the organisation’s digital security as well as business owners a knowledge of cybersecurity which will help enable them to operate successfully in a digital world.

This CCT College Dublin modular course consists of modules from CCT’s Level 7 Diploma in Networking & Systems Security (60 credits) awarded by QQI. The modular course certificate is awarded by CCT and is not an NFQ award but successful completion of the modules will entitle the learner to a transcript confirming the ECTS attained and the NFQ level of those ECTS. Upon successful completion of the programme learners will be entitled to exemptions from the specified modules on the Diploma in Networking & Systems Security at CCT College Dublin. Successful completion of the programme may also entitle a learner to exemptions from alternative programmes, including those offered by other Higher Education Institutions, subject to entry requirements.

    • Network Technology & Security

This module enables the learner to apply the learned physical concepts of standard networking to wireless and mobile networking, thereby giving greater insight into cross-domain deployment and integration of networking strategies.

The module aims to provide the learner with:
1. an understanding of network equipment and configuration
2. an ability to apply network addressing to sub-divide networks
3. authentication best practices
4. an outline of network segmentation

    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Modern computing environments are particularly susceptible to the adverse threats of computer security issues. The aim of this module is to educate learners an on these issues by providing them with detailed understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of modern computer systems and networks.

Those who are in employment/working : 

For eligible applicants who are currently in employment/working 90% of the tuition fees will be covered by the HEA and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.

  • The Course Tuition Fee is €1,740 so €174 euro is payable by the student or their employer

Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed and ‘Returners’:

The course is free and 100% funded for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by the HEA as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.


Admission to this modular programme is through one of the following:

Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,


Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

International applicants whose first language isn’t English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English Language of CEFR B2+.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL) in line with the College policy. The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence learning to an appropriate standard – normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualification requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme.

This course will be delivered online. Online activities can include live or pre-recorded lectures, independent learning and assessment activities such as research tasks, discussion forums, simulations, quizzes and e-portfolio work along with online group activities such as live classes, group project work, virtual labs and tutorials.


We are hosting a number of events in the lead up to the next academic year to give prospective students the opportunity to find out more about their course and the College.  At the moment these events are virtual and you can pre-register here.

You can also make a safe socially distanced 1-2-1 appointment with an Admissions Advisor in the College campus building here from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

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