The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CPD microcredential (20 credits) Study duration: 13 weeks
For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Cyber security is a rapidly growing sector, so gain a broader understanding of it with this innovative CPD microcredential module. 

You’ll investigate various theories and practices relating to cyber security, before having the opportunity to engage with the future developments in this fast-growing sector. Not only will you build on your cyber security knowledge, but you’ll also gain a strong awareness of the ethical and professional responsibilities within the area.  

You’ll cover a range of topics, including: 

  • identifying contemporary cyber security-based challenges 
  • how to apply algorithm and programming practices when developing secure programs 
  • how to implement a secure information system using key programming paradigms   
  • the various roles within cyber security  

Once you’ve completed the module, you have the opportunity to study one of our popular postgraduate computing courses. 

Why we’re great

  • Complete the module in your own time, 100% online. 
  • Explore the technical, commercial and legal factors in cyber security. 
  • Gain an introduction to the job opportunities available in this fast-paced industry. 

You’ll study the following topics as part of the CPD microcredential module: 

  • cyber security professional roles, skillset, ethical and legal responsibilities, and resources available 
  • introduction to computing infrastructure and operating systems  
  • threats and security in software and network systems  
  • introduction to cyber security concepts, such as cryptography, penetration testing and ethical hacking 
  • fields and emerging trends in cyber security, such as Cloud Computing technologies and Internet of Things 
  • object-oriented analysis, design and programming techniques for secured systems  
  • database design and implementation 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or in a café.

Our CPD microcredentials are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the module content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive high-quality tutor support, each class is capped at 20 students.


Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you’ll be assessed exclusively through essays, discussions and programming code implementation.  

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent

  • you will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start
  • you will be able to clearly view your marks in your gradebook whenever you log on to the learning platform
  • there is a seven-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work
  • you will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise

Study duration

Our Launching into Cyber Security CPD microcredential module has a study duration of 13 weeks, including a one-week induction to help you settle into online study.

The Launching into Cyber Security CPD microcredential module offers a whole host of opportunities. On successful completion, you’ll receive a digital certificate confirming you’ve achieved 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. This will be beneficial whether you’re looking to climb the career ladder or take the first step into a computing role – helping you stand out amongst the competition. 

If you wish to continue your studies and boost your prospects, you could choose additional computing CPD microcredentials, such as Understanding Artificial Intelligence or The Data Professional. Alternatively, you could progress on to a PG Cert Cyber Security (60 credits); PG Dip Cyber Security (120 credits) or the full MSc Cyber Security (180 credits).   

Please note, acceptance on to a postgraduate qualification is subject to meeting the entry requirements of your chosen programme. 

No formal qualifications or experience is necessary.  

As our modules are delivered in English, a high proficiency of English is required. If English isn’t your first language, your ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.  

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you’re a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: £1,320 (2022-23) Δ  

  • Our modules are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.  
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you’re a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.   
  • We offer a 14-day moneyback guarantee, so if you decide your course isn’t for you during the first 14 days, we’ll give you a full refund. Terms and conditions apply. 

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach on our Launching into Cyber Security module are experts in the computing field.

What our students say


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