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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central ITE College East ITE College West

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Are you game enough to be a cyber defender in securing our network servers and end-user devices against online threats?

Join this course and be a champion for security. You will learn to provide technical support for servers, networks as well as perform vulnerability scanning, and incident monitoring and reporting.

This course is offered at:

  • ITE College East and ITE College West for April 2020 intake
  • ITE College Central, ITE College East and ITE College West from April 2021 intake

What you'll learn

  • Manage end-user computer systems and devices
  • Provide 1st level remote helpdesk support
  • Support networked servers
  • Manage virtualization infrastructure
  • Manage security infrastructure
  • Perform vulnerability assessment
  • Perform cyber security operations

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language, Mathematics and 1 approved subject:

  • Grade 1-8 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)
  • Grade 1-8 in an approved subject: [Biology / Biotechnology / Chemistry / Combined Science / Computing / Computer Studies / Design & Technology / Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics / Human & Social Biology / Integrated Science / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]    


GCE ‘N(A)’ level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other subjects:

  • Grade 1-4 in English Language
  • Grade 1-4 in Mathematics
  • Grade 1-5 in 3 other subjects; and
  • A total of 19 points or less for English, Mathematics and three other subjects (ELMAB3)*

* Eligible, graduating GCE N(A) students enrolled during the January intake under the Direct Entry Scheme To Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will undergo 10 weeks of preparatory programme, followed by 2 years of Higher Nitec training.


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security graduates are employed in public and private sector organisations to provide technical support for networks, systems and storage with an emphasis on IT security for business continuity in an enterprise IT cloud environment. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Associate Security Administrator, Associate Security Engineer, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Associate, Information Security Officer and IT Security Specialist.

There are excellent opportunities for career advancement to supervisory positions and beyond. The challenge is for students to upgrade their technical skills and knowledge by taking up higher-level courses.