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Introduction to Cyber Security – UHI

CPD Award Introduction to Cyber Security commencing September 2021

Due to the very successful initial delivery of our CPD award for teachers Introduction to Cyber Security we have a limited number of funded places available for our September delivery. The Degree Module: Introduction to Cyber Security will be delivered remotely from Inverness College UHI.

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This module will develop knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to teaching cybersecurity and configuring an environment suitable for cybersecurity education. It will develop a deeper understanding of cybersecurity and cyber resilience and the relationship between these two areas of security. The module will cover the following areas:

•          Virtual Environments

•          Client operating systems

•          Vulnerable operating systems

•          Ethical Hacking Operating Systems & Tools

•          Virtual Networks

•          Virtual Environment security

•          Cyber Resilience Models and key activities (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover)


Entry requirements: Qualified primary or secondary school teacher, you must be employed full-time or part-time within an educational setting.

Start Date: September 2021

Duration: one 14-week semester

Mode of delivery: Online through our virtual learning environment, recorded lectures, online discussion boards and structured reading lists. This allows you to access course materials and take part in online discussion at a time to suit your individual circumstances.

Assessment: The module will be assessed by an individual task, practical activities, and a research report.

Cost: Initial cohort of students sponsored by Education Scotland and Scottish Government.

Next steps:

  • CPD award in Computing Studies for Teachers
  • Professional Development for Teachers – Additional Teaching Qualification in Computing Studies


Contact: Programme leader – Gordon Macpherson:

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Ethical Hacking Module for Teachers – Abertay University

Education Scotland recently awarded funding to Abertay University to develop an online module that will support secondary school computing teachers to deliver the ethical hacking unit of the National Progression Award (NPA) in cyber security. The NPA in cyber security provides senior phase pupils with knowledge and skills in digital forensics and ethical hacking – preparing learners for further studies and future employment in this area.

Abertay University provided 40 secondary school computing teachers across Scotland with specialised knowledge on ethical hacking to boost their confidence in delivering this relatively new subject. All secondary school computing teachers in Scotland currently delivering the NPA in cyber security were invited to sign up for this online module, with the 40 available places quickly filled. Teachers accessedd the course through Abertay’s online virtual learning environment, in addition to benefitting from a virtual lab where practical work could be conducted in a safe and secure space.

It is hoped the module will help increase the number of schools delivering the NPA in cyber security in the future.


Gayle Gorman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland said:

‘We are delighted to award funding to Abertay University for this project. The University’s specialist knowledge of cyber security will help to support teachers with providing the very best for our young people. The NPA in cyber security equips young people with the vital cyber skills and knowledge they need to take advantage of the opportunities that exist within the sector.

‘Cyber Scotland Week also provides a good opportunity to underline the importance of cyber resilience and internet safety for young people all year round. Education Scotland’s digital officers provide a range of professional development opportunities to help practitioners explore how they can support young people from the early level to navigate their online life, the risks they may face, and how to overcome these and develop resilience. We will continue to work to ensure that we are providing the support practitioners need to complement the work they are already doing locally.’


Dr Natalie Coull, Head of Abertay University’s Division of Cybersecurity said:

‘Embedding strong cybersecurity practises in our schools is absolutely essential and we are delighted to be developing this online module, which will empower teachers to deliver in this area and open up a gateway to the industry for students.

‘Abertay supplies the cybersecurity graduate talent pipeline to Scotland’s businesses, and educational partnerships like this are hugely important to the future success of the sector.’


Abertay is leading the £18m cyberQuarter project and was recently confirmed as Scotland’s first University to gain gold-level Academic Centre of Excellence recognition from the National Cyber Security Centre – part of GCHQ.

To study cybersecurity at Abertay visit their programmes pages.



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This is a self paced course aimed at develop teacher skills and understanding to support delivery of Computing Science National Qualifications.There are a range of interactive learning resources developed by subject specialists to support teachers delivering Computing Science at National 5 and Higher. They are topic-based and cover a range of programming areas – HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL.

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There are also a number of videos within the courses that illustrate how these technologies are used in industry that you may find useful to show learners. For example, how SkyScanner use SQL

To access the learning materials, you must create an account with SQA Academy.

Note: You will need to allow pop ups for SQA Academy to access the courses

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In today’s world I am sure I don’t need to point out how important cyber security is and it will be even more central in the future. Understanding how to protect both your financial and personal data is vital for all pupils and not just those interested in a career in computing. As a Computing Science teacher it is therefore my duty to ensure I do all I can to have the next generation as prepared as possible. 

So that I can give the skills needed for all levels, I realised I needed to have a good understanding of language and skills around cyber security as well as having up to date course material. This would then allow me to both develop a curriculum to suit all BGE pupils as well those interested in Cyber Security as a career. 

I have been attempting to introduce the National Progression Award in Cyber Security to senior pupils over the last couple of years. I attended various SQA courses and seminars, I read all the material and I did some online courses from other providers. This all gave me some confidence but I still never quite felt able to have real discussions or importantly problem solve when inevitably things go wrong. I still spent most of my time responding to pupils with “let me go find out” and start asking colleagues and web searching.  

When I was offered the chance to do the Ethical Hacking Module with Abertay University I jumped at the chance.  

For the first couple of weeks I felt completely out of my depth but I re-watched lectures, re-attempted the practical work and in the weeks following I was feeling confident in at least discussing topics with the NPA students using the industry language and giving them anecdotes that I wouldn’t have previously. 

The course was clearly designed to align with the NPA and this meant that the same issues I  came across are likely to be those that  the pupils might also find challenging. Although I am far from being a cyber security expert, I now have much more confidence and the increased skills needed to support pupils who will go on to specialise. I have been able to bring to BGE classes a new ethical hacking and data security topic added to S2.  

If you are a Computing Science teacher, whether presenting pupils to NPA Cyber Security or not, I would recommend taking the chance to do this course if offered.


Shona McAlpine (@MsSMcAlpine)

Computing Science Teacher, Stirling High School (SHS Computing (@SHS_CompSci)


17 May, 16:00 – 17:00, Design Build & Test Computing Solutions, Coding and Programming, Early – 2nd Level

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It’s essential for young people to develop their computing knowledge and skills so that they can understand and participate in our increasingly digital world – being creators rather than solely consumers. This webinar will introduce you to why it’s important for your students to learn computing and how to plan for and teach computing science effectively. This webinar will focus on the experiences and outcomes for programming and coding, introducing attendees to engaging, accessible resources. A practitioner from the Scottish computing science leadership group will exemplify how they have embedded programming and coding across the primary curriculum.

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11 May, 16:00 – 17:00, (Secondary) Get Started with Micro:Bit – Delivered by the Micro:Bit Education Foundation

Join the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to explore resources and tools to bring physical computing to the secondary curriculum.

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A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Join Aimée & Giles from the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to hear all about the resources and tools available to help you bring physical computing to the computing classroom with micro:bit, with links to CfE. Learn about the wealth of free materials and lessons available, plus online tools for coding in MakeCode and Python.

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10 May, 16:00 – 17:00, CyberFirst summer courses

This webinar is for anyone who works with young people and/or parents. In the webinar you will have the opportunity to hear:

• About the different courses offered as part of the CyberFirst program

• See example of the content of the CyberFirst program

• Have an opportunity to ask any Questions

CyberFirst Advanced, Futures and Defenders learning programmes have been SCQF credit rated by SQA. These courses have also been certified by National Cyber Security Centre and should encourage young people to learn new skills, meet like-minded people and take the first step on their CyberFirst journey. Young people do not need to be studying for a Computer Science qualification but will need to have an interest in tech and computing.

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05 May, 16:00 – 17:00, (Primary) Get started with Micro:Bit – Delivered by the Micro:Bit Education Foundation

Join the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to explore resources and tools to bring physical computing to the primary curriculum.

About this Event

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Join Aimée & Giles from the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to hear all about the resources and tools available to help you bring physical computing to the primary classroom with micro:bit. Learn about the wealth of free materials and projects available for teaching with Scratch and MakeCode including an amazing global competition based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Free to join and no resources required –

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