About the course

About the course

This networking and cyber security course will provide you with the ICT skills you need to pursue an highly sought after career in one of the world's largest industries. You'll gain a strong foundation in:

  • networking and routing
  • cloud computing
  • business management
  • cyber security

After completion, you wish to apply for a Bachelor of Computer Systems (with a cyber security specialisation), where you will critically engage with a core body of knowledge to analyse, comprehend and synthesise new information, concepts and evidence based analysis, design and troubleshoot complex systems, with a particular focus on network, security or data centre issues; and investigate, assess and critically evaluate new technologies, applying technical, ethical and business criteria.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length



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

Mode of delivery is online. Online engagement hours are typically 18 hours per week for 4 subjects.  An additional 30 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

This is an online course which will include a combination of online and remote delivery. Remote learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Remote delivery involves scheduled classes where you will log in with other classmates to complete tutorials and assessments.  

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Career & Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply for roles such as:

  • internet/intranet network administrator
  • data centre administrator
  • systems administrator
  • Cyber security analyst/administrator

The 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

You must be able to provide evidence of a score of at least 20 in VCE maths (any) and 20 in VCE English or be able to demonstrate an equivalent literacy and numeracy standard

Offshore Residents 

  • Australian Year 12 completion (including Mathematics) or International equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 or International equivalent recognised by the Institute


Australian Residents:

VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

    • book an interview (via Apply Now above)

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

After completing this course, you may wish to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Computer Systems 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 7 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

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
Material Fee$0$0
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$0$8,160
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$0$8,160

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 4 subjects to complete this undergraduate certificate.  

  • ICT112 Networking And Routing Basics
    6.0 points

    78.0 hours

    This subject provides students with a solid basis in networking and routing. This involves an examination of networking from the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) seven‐layer model and TCP/IP perspectives. Students will
    learn the function and operation of appropriate equipment from each layer. Finally, given a small to medium network specification, students will perform the task of commissioning a network themselves

    Prerequisites: Nil
    Corequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1 Weekly Engineering Journal 10% Assessment 2 Investigative Report 30% Assessment 3 Practical skills examination 20% Assessment 4 Final Examination 40%

  • ICT215 Business Management
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    The Business Management (ICT215) unit introduces students to two aspects of business management in ICT contexts: organisational leadership and financial planning. Styles of organisational structure, strong leadership and effective management of people are also explored. Some theoretical concepts are introduced related to the various categories of management style and positional hierarchies of people in organisations. However, a strong emphasis is also placed on observing and reporting on real examples in order to demonstrate the value of these concepts. The unit also investigates principles of sound business accounting practice and financial planning and introduces various tools of financial planning and analysis, along with the reasons for their value in decision making.

    Prerequisites: Nil
    Corequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1 Report and Presentation 20% Assessment 2 Report and Presentation 20% Assessment 3 Project report 40%

  • ICT119 Introduction To Cloud Computing
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    This subject covers fundamental cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. It covers Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Models. Public, private, hybrid and community clouds are considered. External issues such as service level agreements, privacy, security and legal requirements are addressed. The subject includes vendorindependent courseware from EMC. It also includes a practical component based on vendor‐specific cloud frameworks such as Google or Amazon clouds.

    Prerequisites: Nil
    Corequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1 Investigative Report 30% Assessment 2 Practical Exam 20% Assessment 3 Final Examination 50%

  • ICT211 Overview Of Cyber Security
    6.0 points

    78.0 hours

    This subject gives an overview of the principal areas of Cyber Security. It covers the seven domains of common cyber security overviews such as the (ISC)² SSCP qualification, and is aligned with that qualification. The areas covered include Cyber Security analysis, controls and operations, various threats and how to counter and protect against them and how to respond to successful attacks. 

    Prerequisites: Nil
    Corequisites: Nil
    Assessment: Assessment 1 Weekly Labs/Tutorials 10% Assessment 2 Investigative Report 30% Assessment 3 Practical based Examination 20% Assessment 4 Final Examination 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)

<5 NP

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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Cyber Security Education Provider of the Year

Box Hill Institute Wins at the 2020 Australian Information Security Awards

Box Hill Institute has won the Cyber Security Educator of the Year Award at the Australian Information Security Awards (AISA) 2020 aka the Oscars of Cyber Security. This category is for the TAFE or university that has developed and implemented a comprehensive, flexible and easily accessible cyber security education program, which delivers industry ready graduates to the market.

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