Diploma of
Early Childhood
Education and Care (111823D)

Course Description

This qualification responds to a skills shortage and urgent need for cybersecurity professionals to be able to defend against threats to organisations’ computer, data, internet and network security.


Duration 52 weeks including holidays and 300 hours of work placement
AQF Level 7
Course Delivery Face-to-Face

Areas of Study

  • Cybersecurity principles and best practice
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Computer, Information, Database and Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking and Defence

Course Entry Requirements

International Students
  • Students must be 18 years or above
  • Complete a Pre-Enrolment Review prior to enrolment
  • Complete an online language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment (on campus)
  • Basic -intermediate level of computer skills
  • Completed education level of year 12 or equivalent
  • Proficient in English International Students require either an
    • IELTS level of 5.5 or above with no band under 5.0 or
    • TOEFL 46-49 (internet-based) or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 42 or
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 162 or
    • OET score of C for each test component
Domestic Students
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements
  • Have an intermediate to advanced understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and complete assessments

Course Structure

This qualification consists of 24 units, made up of 21 core units and 3 elective units, studied over 3 years.

All students enrolled in this qualification are required to undertake work placement. Work placement provides the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills learned in the classroom. Work placement requirements will be discussed during Student Orientation.

IHSI will organise the work placement opportunities for students aligned with their chosen interests in particular cybersecurity roles and tasks, and where possible in organisations located close to their address. Should a student wish to change the work placement provider, they will need IHSI suitability approval and this can only take place after IHSI has assessed that organisation and signed a contract with the new provider.

Work placement requirements

  • Hold a Working with Children Check
  • Hold a National Criminal Police Check
  • Are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy to respond appropriately to personal needs
  • First Aid Course certificate
  • Up to date immunisation including COVID19

Core units

DEV1.1.1 Introduction to Programming (Python)
DEV1.1.2 Introduction to Cybersecurity (concepts & real-world practice)
CRY1.1.3 Probability and Statistics
EMP1.1.4 Employability module
DEV1.2.1 Object Oriented programming (JavaScript and Java)
NET1.2.2 Computer Networks
RSK1.2.3 Information Security Management (Risk Management)
DTA1.2.4 Intro to Databases and Security
DTA2.1.1 Data structures and Algorithm (Continuation of Programming)
ARC2.1.2 Data structures and Algorithm (Continuation of Programming)
NET2.1.3 Network Security
CRY2.1.4 Discrete Mathematics
ADM2.2.1 Operating Systems
CDA2.2.2 Computer Security
ADM2.2.4 Computer Organization and Architecture
FOR3.1.1 Computer Forensics
ASA3.1.3 Malware Analysis
MGT3.1.4 Communication module
PMA 3.2.1 Planning Engineering / IT Project Management
CDA3.2.3 Ethical Hacking and Defense (Best Practices)
CAP3.2.4 Capstone

Elective units

CRY2.2.3 Introduction to Cryptography
LNG3.1.2 Machine Learning and Data Visualization
IOT3.2.2 IoT and OT (Operational Technology) Security

Career opportunities

Possible career opportunities relevant to this qualification include:

  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Analyst
  • ICT Manager
  • Software Tester

Pathways for Further Education

This qualification provides a pathway for students to continue their studies at a postgraduate level.

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