Security Consultant

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Security Consultant

Security Consultants use their knowledge and skills to protect the employees and property of the organisations that they work for.

In this role, you could be responsible for protecting an organisation from any security risk from online hacking to natural disasters.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Identifying specific security threats to a client’s business or organisation
  • Creating new procedures for employees to improve company security
  • Testing security measures to check for vulnerabilities

Getting in and Qualifications


There are a range of routes in to a career as a Security Consultant.

Useful subjects include:

  • Design and Technology
  • Sociology
  • Computer Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Many Security Consultants have qualifications at Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or Degree level in the following specialist subjects:

  • Information Security
  • Criminal Science
  • Computer Science
  • Public Safety

Modern apprenticeships such as Cyber Security and Infrastructure allow students to develop key practical skills in a workplace environment, earning a wage alongside their study.

This particular apprenticeship requires a minimum of four SQA Highers at Grade B (or equivalent) including Computing or Maths plus Nat 5 English at C, but requirements can vary from course to course.