Networking and Cyber Security

In Scotland, over 90,000 people work in digital technology roles, and salaries are growing almost twice as fast as the average.

The current average full-time salary for digital technology roles is £37,500, which is over 30% higher than the Scottish average of £28,000. So, there’s never been a better time to start your ICT career.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Hardware and System Support could lead to jobs like: cyber security analyst, IT support technician, security administrator and network manager.

What will I learn?
Your National Progression Award (NPA) will cover: Security Fundamentals, Network Fundamentals and Server Administration Fundamentals.

In S6, you’ll work in a hands-on, practical way as part of your work placement, towards achieving the five units of your Diploma:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Health and Safety in IT and Telecom
  • IT and Telecom System Operation
  • Testing IT and Telecom Systems
  • Working with IT and Telecoms Hardware and Equipment.

You will take part in an ‘industry challenge’ with a local employer. This will involve participating in a project set by a local digital/ICT company who will act as your client and mentor for an in class project. This will develop your knowledge of the software development process and further develop your skills in communication and understanding of the industry.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
A good level of English and Maths (National 5). Other relevant knowledge or experience will be considered and will be discussed with the D&A College course leader. 


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: May 2023 
Gardyne Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tues 9am-4pm

1 year option (6th year)
Gardyne Campus: Mon, Tue, Wed 2-5pm & Thur 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9am-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning. 

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).