CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship

United Kingdom
01 Sep 2020
26 Oct 2020
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date

Earn £20k a year, study for your degree, and work in a real government tech role.

Cyber security. It might sound mysterious, or like it’s only for coders. But actually, it’s one of the most needed industries in modern life. Step in, and you’ll find a diverse network of people with all kinds of skills – coders, analysts, entrepreneurs, writers, project managers and more – who come together to protect our digital world.

And most importantly, with the CyberFirst degree apprenticeship, you could be one of them. We’re training a new generation of young people to become future specialists, and if you’ve got an aptitude and passion for tech, even if you can’t code yet, you might just be perfect for our programme.

Who runs CyberFirst?

CyberFirst was founded by GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), as an initiative to help young people all over the UK into the world of cyber security. With involvement from some of the biggest tech employers and household name businesses, we offer brilliant opportunities to train in one of today’s most-sought-after specialisms.

What’s on offer?

CyberFirst are looking for apprentices from all sorts of backgrounds, to start work in September 2021. Working within the UK government’s intelligence and national security community, you’ll learn first-hand how to protect the tech you love, with a balance of both practical work and academic study. You’ll get:

  • £20k salary, working in a real government role at GCHQ or NCSC
  • Paid tuition fees to study for a recognised cyber security degree while you work
  • A diverse community of support, working among professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets

Who can be a CyberFirst degree apprentice?

First things first – you don’t need to be a programmer. We do look for coders, but there are so many more skills involved in cyber security. Plus, if you do need coding skills, we’ll train you on the job. But what do you need, exactly?

  • UK national or dual national status (subject to security clearance)
  • At least BBC (or predicted) in your A Levels (or equivalent to 112 UCAS points) in any subject – visit the UCAS Tariff calculator to see how many points your qualifications are worth
  • A GCSE in Maths at 5 or above (or equivalent)
  • A passion for all things computing and digital
  • The curiosity to explore and master cyber security

That’s it. As long as you meet the criteria above, we want to hear from you. Whatever your background, whatever subjects you’ve studied – as long as you’ve got potential and a curiosity about tech, find your calling and join us.


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