This qualification is designed for students who have an interest in digital security and the threats to IT systems. It is designed to give them a broad understanding of open systems so that they can then apply these to the understanding of threats to IT systems and how to counter these. It would suit any students interested in working in the growing industry related to cyber security, but also students interested in general employment involving IT, networking professions, infrastructure management and data management. Cyber threats now affect all aspects of IT and organisations connected to the Internet, which is almost all.


Examined course

This qualification is designed for learners who want to use and understand advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques to promote themselves for further study or for job applications.

The different units look at the best tools and applications needed for this process, but also the underlying technologies and methodologies that make these possible, particularly open source and open standards. It is important to understand the systems and services, as any online activity automatically attracts attacks and potentially damaging activities such as fraud. Learners will investigate these threats and security problems and make sure that their data and information are as safe as possible by securing the platforms used. All of these practical and theoretical skills and understanding build towards creating a safe and secure online system.

Total Credits required to achieve the qualification - 15
Mandatory Units: 

  • UNIT 1 - Understanding of Cyber Security and Online Threats (3 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 2 - The Analysis and Understanding of Cyber Threats (3 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 3 - The Application and Deployment of Security Tools and Best Practice (3 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 4 - Extended Project: Defending an Online System (6 CREDITS)




Level 2






Coursework, E-assessment, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Written Examination








This qualification will be assessed by Coursework and Examination.
Students must achieve 20 coursework marks to demonstrate that they are ready to sit the examination. An additional 10 marks are available to reward students for providing coursework that is of an exemplary standard. The breakdown of potential marks is in Annexe D. Students who achieve over 25 marks are eligible to receive a certificate of commendation for excellent coursework.
These marks are added to their exam which is out of 70. The examination will represent a minimum of 40% of the overall final grade. The total for the examination is 70 marks. The pass mark for the qualification is 50 marks. See the table in Appendix A for more detail.
The pass mark is 50/100 marks. Coursework and Exam Mark Range; Pass 50-65, Merit 66-74, Distinction 75-84 and Distinction*85>.
[The published grade boundaries may be subject to change]
Link to the 4 mandatory units.

TLM​ ​Level​ ​2​ ​Certificate​ ​in​ ​Cyber​ ​Security​ ​and Digital​ ​Forensics - Handbook


  • Devised in consultation with leading industry consultants, professional bodies and universities.
  • Clear and flexible unit based structure referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
  • Straightforward assessment of competence in real rather than contrived contexts.
  • Grading through controlled exams introduced progressively from KS3 to KS4.
  • Provides a focus for continuing professional development for teachers through moderation/verification feedback.
  • Moderation on demand, no restrictive moderation windows.
  • Feedback offered on any evidence submitted. TLM are willing to communicate with assessors with guidance on how to improve learners work.
  • Three examination opportunities per year.
  • Use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • The online TLM Markbook is invaluable in tracking students' progress.
  • Use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • Reduced bureaucracy for teachers and flexibility for them to target specific interests.

Who​ ​supports​ ​this​ ​qualification?

  • Industry: UKFast, Secarma, Cisco, CompTIA, LPI, OpenUK etc
  • CHE/FE: University of Westminster, Cardiff University, OU All of the above organisations have had direct and indirect input into the development and ongoing support of this qualification.

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