Cyber Foundation Pathway – Module 1 - CFPM1

Technology School
5 days residential
Shrivenham or Online

About this course

Module 1 provides essential foundation knowledge in computer networking concepts which is required to be successful for progressing onto further modules of the Cyber Foundation Pathway

The Defence Cyber School (DCS) is offering a blended approach to the delivery of the Cyber Foundation Pathway (CFP) Module 1. This gives you increased flexibility to customise your learning experience.

There are three study options available depending on how you wish to learn:

Self-study online learning: The course content will be made available online through the DLE and is to be used in conjunction with the CFPM1 wiki.  You will work through the content solo and at your own pace and schedule. There is no instructor support provided with this study option.

If you wish to opt for self-study, you can enrol directly on the Defence Learning Environment (DLE) via this link.

Instructor led remote classroom (online): Building on the course materials available online for self-study, this course includes instructor led remote classroom learning.  You can expect daily instructor led demonstrations on concepts and toolsets, instructor teaching sessions, group exercises and quizzes; all with the ability to talk to and ask questions of the instructors throughout each day of the module.  This course is run via an Adobe Connect online classroom.  Prior to attending Module 1 via the online classroom you must have completed Cyber 101 and Technical Baseline DLE courses. 

You can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button above and selecting dates highlighted as remote delivery.

Classroom based learning: This is a residential option, returning to the more traditional way of face-to-face teaching.  All the module content will be instructor taught using DCS classroom facilities; whiteboard, DCS network and PowerPoint.  This will be conducted at the Defence Academy.  Prior to attending the Module 1 residential course you must have completed Cyber 101 and Technical Baseline DLE courses. You can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button above and selecting dates highlighted as classroom delivery.

To progress further through the CFP, you must complete and pass the Module 1 Assessment.

Module 1 Assessment: If you have recent experience of the topics covered in the course you may wish to skip straight to the end of module assessment on the DLE. The assessment can be located via the link


Please note that the assessment will not be unlocked for access unless you have completed both Cyber 101 and Technical Baseline DLE courses.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • how layers of the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model interact and communicate with each other knowledge of subnets and subnetting including binary and hexadecimal and their application to networking design and operation
  • how to build, configure and fault find on a simulated network that you’ve created
    how to capture, view and analyse data traffic
  • how encryption is used to secure network communications

How will this course help my career?

Each module in the Cyber Foundation Pathway builds sequentially on the learning from preceding modules.  Successful completion of this module will enable you to proceed to the next module of the CFP and further build your cyber skills.

Before you attend

Prior to undertaking Module 1 you are required to have:
SC clearance is required.

Further clarity of the CFP module pre-requisites can be found on our explanatory page.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
SC clearance required.

How will I learn?

Classroom, Online, E-Learning

How will you be assessed?

Throughout Module 1 there are a series of formative tests as part of the learning. These knowledge checks allow you to check your own understanding of the expected training objectives. 

Module 1 culminates in a final summative assessment hosted on the DLE.  The summative assessment consists of 50 questions, with a time limit of 60 minutes and a pass mark of 70%.  If you are following the CFP it is necessary for you to pass this assessment to progress to the next module in the pathway.

You can undertake the final summative assessment without taking part in any of the study options by going direct to the DLE.

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