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Cybercrime Diploma

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The Cybercrime Diploma is aimed at providing the learner with detailed knowledge on the different types of cyber-related crime.

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Level 3 / NCFE / PI215

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Course introduction

The Diploma in Cybercrime opens the door to the world of crime that largely remains hidden behind misleading statistics and its many definitions, e.g. Criminal motivations, public and media fears and misperceived offenders. There is no doubt that ‘cyberspace’ appears to offer a vast range of new opportunities for criminal and deviant activities. It is a domain, with a brief history of barely three decades, which has been plagued with fears about its darker, border-free criminal activity, a fear felt by individuals and companies alike. Cybercrime offenders no longer require complex skills or techniques originally attributable to the first hackers. In the developing country context, in particular, sub-cultures of young engaged in computer-related financial fraud have emerged, many of whom begin involvement in cybercrime in later teenage years. Victims, however, are far-reaching, hence the fear. This is unsurprising given the range of offences which spread from online credit card fraud, identity and data theft, phishing, unauthorised access to an e-mail account, to child pornography, hate speech and post 9/11 concerns about global cyber terrorism.

This comprehensive customised qualification contains a number of modules which tackle the considerable literature addressing issues such as the types of offences, the causes and motivations behind cyber-offending, the experiences of the victims of such crimes, the challenges facing investigative authorities, and the attempts at cybersecurity and how cybercrime is shaping the future development and use of the internet.

The initial modules provide an overview of cybercrime and the various types committed, from the most widespread offences such as hacking, identity theft and the use of viruses (considered cyber-dependent crime), to fraud, theft and sex offending (cyber-enabled crime). This includes descriptions and explanations of how the crimes are committed and possible motivations of the offenders. Particular attention is focused on subsequent modules dealing with more contemporary issues such as cyberstalking and bullying and how the development of social media has influenced the scale of such crimes. An overview of the challenges is also provided in later modules, as they relate to the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.

After a summary of some of the investigative strategies undertaken by international and regional organisations in the fight against cybercrime, the course then continues with an analysis of different approaches with regard to international cooperation, the responsibility of Internet service providers and cybersecurity. Throughout the modules, learners are presented with case studies and assignments which require taking different disciplinary perspectives to answer essay questions and/or investigative perspectives in order to solve challenges or crimes.

This course will incorporate a variety of perspectives: psychology; criminological psychology; criminology; law; computer science; policing; security and intelligence services; government policy, etc. For this reason, there will be a multitude of terms and abbreviations which may be new to the learner. These include terms from the innocent sounding ‘vishing’ (as oppose to ‘smishing’) or ‘pharming’ or the scary sounding Carberp Trojan and Doxing (a favoured approach of hacktivists) to the more commonly-used terms such as cyber-espionage or Identity Theft.

Abbreviations which are frequently used in the cybercrime policy and support literature may also be relatively unknown even to learners who are computer and technology savvy – e.g. IC3, EMV, NFSA, SFA, PUK, etc. For this reason, a Glossary/Abbreviations table is provided in the opening Introduction. It is recommended the student print off this section and keep handy when reading through the various modules.

To be awarded the Diploma in Cybercrime learners are required to successfully complete all sixteen modules.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no previous knowledge is required to study the Cybercrime Diploma. This course is available to individuals who have an interest in this area and who are looking to take an engaging home study programme. Learners are able to enrol onto the Cybercrime Diploma at any time of year and can study at their own pace for a period of up to 12 months from registration and receive full tutor support.

Although there is no requirement of previous knowledge, learners may wish to study this course alongside another of our crime related courses such as our Criminology Diploma.


The Certificate of Achievement from NCFE is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work.


This qualification has been developed by NCC to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor.

NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement.

The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

Course modules

Introduction - Defining Cybercrimes (+ Glossary)
Module 1: Cyber-dependent Crime (I)   - Hacking & Hacktivism
Module 2: Cyber-dependent Crime (II)  - Malware
Module 3: Cyber-dependent Crime (III) - DoS Attacks
Module 4: Cyber-enabled Crime (I)   - Cyber-Frauds, Scams & Cons
Module 5: Cyber-enabled Crime (II)  - Theft
Module 6: Cyber-enabled Crime (III) - Sex Offending
Module 7: Cyber-enabled Crime (IV) - Cyberterrorism
Module 8: Cyberstalking & Paedophilia
Module 9: Cyberbullying
Module 10: Organised Cybercrime
Module 11: Virtual ‘Pirates’: Intellectual property, copyright & piracy
Module 12: e-Crime Investigation (I)  - Legislation
Module 13: e-Crime Investigation (II) - Digital Evidence
Module 14: e-Crime Investigation (II) – Investigative Strategy & Procedure
Module 15: Cyber Security – The Threat
Module 16: Reducing Cyber Risk

Learner support

You will be provided with comprehensive learning materials designed to provide you with everything you need to successfully complete the Cybercrime Diploma. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through the course work and answer any questions you may have during your studies. Additionally, our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone should you require additional support.

The course comes with 12 months tutor support, however, you are able to study at your own pace and can complete the course in a shorter period if required. Should you require additional time, you may extend your tutor support if appropriate.

Your tutor is there to assess any submitted work and provide feedback alongside answering any questions or queries you may have during your studies.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Cybercrime Diploma

M Byrne

“Easy to set up”

Easy to set up, pay etc. Good communication.

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