CyberFirst University Bursary

United Kingdom
12 Oct 2020
09 Nov 2020
Start Date

Cyber security. It’s one of the most needed industries in our modern world. And because society relies more and more on technology every day, that need is constantly growing. Governments and businesses alike are searching for people with all kinds of skills – coders, analysts, entrepreneurs, writers, project managers and more – all coming together to protect our digital world.

That’s why our programme helps university students get the training they need to join a generation of future specialists. With paid summer work experience across government and industry, £4k of funding per year to help you at university, and training to help tech beginners level up, it’s time to discover the CyberFirst university bursary. 

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 to learn how to protect our digital world. 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 on the look-out for hundreds of UK students. You can be studying for any degree subject, at any UK university, as long as you’re either starting your degree or have at least two years of full-time undergraduate study remaining in September 2021. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • £4k bursary per year of your degree, supporting your studies
  • Paid summer training with brilliant cyber security and tech employers
  • Help on graduation to place you in a graduate-level cyber security role within UK national security, government or industry

Who can be a CyberFirst bursary student?

First things first – you don’t need to be a programmer. We do look for coders too, but there are so many more skills involved in cyber security. So what do you need, exactly?

  • UK national or dual national status (subject to security clearance)
  • At least BBB (or predicted) in your A Levels (or equivalent to 120 UCAS points) in any subject – visit the UCAS Tariff calculator to see how many points your qualifications are worth
  • A GCSE in Maths at 6 or above (or equivalent)
  • An aptitude for computers, how they work and how to secure them – and the willingness to learn more
  • Dedication, team spirit, and the drive to protect our technology

Plus EITHER of the following:

You have or expect to have a place on an undergraduate degree or integrated Masters starting from September 2021, in any subject, at a UK university

You’re already studying for an undergraduate degree or integrated Masters, with a minimum of two years left of your course from September 2021, and you’re on course for at least a 2:1 in your grades.

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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