Level 2 Diploma in Business Beginners in Cyber Security

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The qualification has been created to develop those learners who are looking to choose, or already have chosen, a career in a business-related sector but require basic knowledge and competences in the field of Cyber Security (which includes sub-disciplines of compliance, digital media risk management, security risk management, to name a few) without undertaking any technical level of proficiency .The qualification will:

• prepare learners for employment; and

• support a range of roles that require professional computer use and data management in the workplace.

This basic course is most suitable for executives and managers who are required to use business computers, mobile devices and Wi-Fi-enabled technology in a safe and secure manner that helps to protect their equipment, their business, their colleagues and themselves. They will have some responsibility for business sustainability, profitability, safety and security.

This course is also suitable for any supervisor or manager who has oversight of employees or computer systems infrastructure, but who does not necessarily need to acquire technical proficiency. Often employees are responsible for colleagues’ and customer data located across several time- zones and diverse business environments. This qualification will also incorporate national international legal requirements, critical for those leading and managing the protection of business people, assets and infrastructure. The qualification will identify and evaluate practical ways to safely and securely protect people and information from cyber-attacks and associated impacts.

The Diploma is accredited at Level 2 with a total equivalence of 50 credits. It is envisaged that learners completing this Level 2 programme will progress to the QUALIFI Level 3 Diplomas, including our Level 3 Diploma in Cyber Security Management and Operations.


The rationale of the programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their core capabilities within the cyber security sector. The outcome of the Diploma, which is a recognised UK qualification, is for learners to develop the skills required by organisations globally.

The qualification will:

  • Prepare learners for employment; and
  • Support a range of cyber security-related roles in the workplace.

This qualification is especially designed for organisational executives and leaders who are tasked with responsibility for cyber security, digital risk management, or the oversight thereof. The qualification’s primary focus is to prepare administrators and executives to manage and operate generic, nontechnical cyber security activities within a business, third sector or government organisation. This course is particularly suited for learners already in full-time work or those seeking to evolve their careers into cyber and information security fields.

The qualification will identify and evaluate practical and lawful ways to safely and securely protect networks, information and assets from cyber-attacks and associated impacts.This Level 3 qualification is about ‘cyber security’ as a holistic discipline. It examines both ‘cyber’ and‘security’ domains which relate to IT security. It is therefore in most parts a non-technical qualification that looks at both cyber-technical and cyber-physical security threats, risks, responses and risk treatments.

The Diploma is accredited at Level 3 with a total equivalence of 60 credits. It is envisaged that learners completing this Level 3 programme will progress to QUALIFI Level 4 Diplomas including the Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security


The programme provides the opportunity for individuals to forge a career in a specific area of business by seeking a greater knowledge and understanding of cyber and information security, and to support the individual’s development into senior positions. The QUALIFI Level 2 Diploma in Business Beginners in Cyber Security aims to give learners the opportunity to:

  1. develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment
  2. progress to a related Level 3 professional qualification including the QUALIFI Level 3 Diploma in Cyber Security Management and Operations
  3. undertake specialist study relevant to individual vocations and environments in which learners are currently working, or to which learners are aiming to work within the business sector
  4. develop their ability to contribute positively to good practice in the business environment through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in the qualifications
  5. develop skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for safe and secure performance on computer networks and devices in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment.


Learners studying for the Level 2 Diploma will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:

1. the ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full understanding; the ability to think independently and solve problems

2. applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems

3. recognising the moral and ethical issues of business practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct

4. an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of business and service provision

5. capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, in a mature way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists

6. transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing environments and risks.


  • qualifications at Level 1 and/or;
  • work experience in a business environment and demonstrate ambition with clear career goals;
  • a Level 2 qualification in another discipline and who want to develop their careers in business management and/or risk management.


There are mandatory units for this qualification. All units cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. Each unit has the equivalency of 10 credits.

Learners are required to complete the five mandatory units to achieve the 50 credits required to gain the Level 2 Business Beginners in Cyber Security Diploma. Learners will be expected to attend lectures and workshops that will introduce the subject matter. Formative assessments (weighted at 0%) may be used in lectures or tutorials to check knowledge and understanding of specific topics and subject areas. Units require reflective exam sets and/or summative assessments for marking.

Unit ReferenceMandatory UnitsLevelTQTGLHCredits
CSB01Cyber Security: What is ‘Hacking’?21006010
CSB02Cyber Attack Methods21006010
CSB03Computer and Data Use : Laws and Regulations21006010
CSB04Mobile Device and Data: Security Issues and Risks21006010
CSB05Cyber Security Solutions21006010

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