About the course

About the course

This course is a transition postgraduate certificate course, open to graduates from any discipline. The course allows graduates to acquire much sought after cyber security skills, with potential careers as cyber security specialists, security analysts and network engineers.

To address significant shortage of cyber security skills and expertise worldwide, this graduate certificate course is designed to equip you with the knowledge of and skills to implement important cyber security standards, current technologies, systems and networks, and concepts of design of secure systems and their applications to real world problems in different industry settings. 

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

No more places are availabe at this stage for 2021


Full time: 6 months (or part time equivalent for Australian Residents only)

Mode of delivery is online. Online engagement hours are typically 16 hours per week. An additional 32 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

This course is delivered online.  Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

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Career & Learning Outcomes

There are several exciting career opportunities available and some of these future career opportunities may include: 

  • cyber security specialist
  • computer network and systems engineer
  • systems administrator
  • cloud and virtualisation engineer

This course will develop graduates to acquire much sought after cyber security skills for a wide range of business and enterprise settings. Graduates will be able to analyse, design, implement, and manage IT security programs for enterprises, and develop strategy, planning, governance, policy, and risk management architectures. Graduates will also gain in-depth knowledge of network security, including firewalls; virtual private networks; and intrusion prevention systems. Graduates will also obtain knowledge and skills across key areas of IT security, including system management; service management; software application security; virtualisation; and cryptography.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course includes a Bachelors degree in any discipline at the AQF level 7 or equivalent

Offshore Residents 

  • Australian undergraduate degree or International equivalent
  • IELTS 6.5 or International equivalent recognised by the Institute


Australian Residents:

Completed Undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree in any discipline area (equivalent to AQF level 7)

Offshore Residents:

Please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation

Completion of this certificate may qualify you for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security at Box Hill Institute, with each subject credited to the degree.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

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Fees & Finance Options

Government Subsidised Place

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Offshore Residents

Applicants located outside of Australia Will be charged A$9,055.00

Australian Residents

In 2021, Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) eligible domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $0 for a limited number of places. To apply for one of these places, please submit a course enquiry. Students must complete the course by December 2021 (for July 2021 intake) and February 2022 (for the November 2021 intake) to be eligible for the discounted fee. Students who study beyond this date will be required to pay full fees.

To get a CSP you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will live and study in Australia for some of the course
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course
  • permanent visa holder, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course

More information about the eligibility requirements for CSPs can be found at the Study Assist website.

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$8,160
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$0$0
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$249$8,409
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$249$8,409

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You must complete all 4 subjects to qualify for this graduate certificate.  

  • ICT802 Overview Of Security
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    This subject provides students with a comprehensive overview of information and business security. Students gain knowledge and skills to understand, apply, evaluate, and manage information and business security. Students gain an understanding of how a security program needs to support the organisation’s goals and objectives. Students also gain the ability to analyse, evaluate and manage an organisation’s security program.

    The subject provides an overview of six of the key domains of security as recognised by the (ISC)2 SSCP CBK: Access Controls, Cryptography, Security Operations and Administration, Monitoring and Analysis, Risk Response and Recovery and Malicious Code and Activity. The seventh domain (Networks and Communications) is covered in ICT806 Overview of Network Security. These domains provide a framework for the discussion, analysis, evaluation, and management of information and business security.

    The subject emphasises effective mitigation strategies for cyber intrusions in the present ICT environment, as identified by the Australian Defence Signals Directorate and Australian Government Protective Security Policy amongst others.

    Prerequisites: nil
    Corequisites: nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1. Tutorial/Lab Activities (10%), Assessment 2. Individual Presentation (20%) Assessment 3. Group Assignment (30%) Assessment 4. Final Exam (40%)

  • ICT803 Overview Of Networking And Routing
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    This subject provides students with a solid basis in networking and routing having particular regard to network security. Students gain the knowledge and skills to analyse, design, specify, configure, and manage a medium sized network. The unit provides an overview of internetworking topologies and technologies. This involves an examination of networking from the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) seven-layer model and TCP/IP perspectives. Students will gain knowledge in the function and operation of appropriate equipment from each layer. The subject provides an introduction to router security. The key practical assessment task involves the successful analysis, design, specification, configuration, and management of a medium sized network.

    Prerequisites: nil
    Corequisites: nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1. Tutorial/Lab Activities (10%), Assessment 2. Individual Presentation (20%) Assessment 3. Group Assignment (30%) Assessment 4. Final Exam (40%)

  • ICT801 Network Security Professional Practice
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    This subject introduces students to key areas of professional practice, professionalism and professional communication associated with network security. The subject covers professional certification, autonomy, reflection, responsibility and accountability. Students will be introduced to research and industry literature as well as research principles which are also key aspects of lifelong professional development. Students gain knowledge and skills in communication and collaboration that will help them to work effectively as network security professionals. These include oral and written communication, research report writing, teamwork, group dynamics, and conflict resolution.

    The subject provides students with an overview of the context of network security in Australia and worldwide, including organisational and social issues. The subject addresses specific issues that are particularly relevant to ICT professionals in network security, such as legal and ethical issues, social issues, and privacy.

    Through critical engagement with literature, case studies and problem solving, students lay the foundation of professional principles which will inform their practice in a rapidly changing, high risk work context.

    Prerequisites: nil
    Corequisites: nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1. Tutorial Activities (10%), Assessment 2. Individual Presentation (20%) Assessment 3. Group Assignment (30%) Assessment 4. Final Exam (40%)

  • ICT805 Project Management
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    This subject provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage IT projects. This encompasses common and emerging concepts, theories, processes, and techniques that are essential to managing IT projects. The subject will help students to understand, analyse, and evaluate the common issues that project team members and stakeholders face, and to design and manage ways to address these issues. The subject covers the key knowledge areas from project management frameworks and methodologies, including the project lifecycle, project selection, project planning, managing project resources, costs, duration, and quality, leadership, risk management and change management. Students gain knowledge in how project characteristics and management differ in the context of outsourcing, off-shoring and international project teams. Group and individual projects are used to assess levels of achievement.

    Prerequisites: nil
    Corequisites: nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1. Tutorial Activities (10%), Assessment 2. Individual Presentation (20%) Assessment 3. Group Assignment (30%) Assessment 4. Final Exam (40%)

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Admissions Data & Indicative Enrolments

Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake - 2021

Number of students

% of all students

(A) Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)



(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study



(C) Work and life experience (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)



(D) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)



Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)


Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

0 0%

International students



All students




  • <5 - less than 5 students
  • NA - students not accepted in this category
  • NP - not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

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