Our degree apprenticeship in cyber security has been developed by today's leading professionals, to cultivate tomorrow's cyber experts.
This programme has been developed with the support of the Institute of Coding, a network of employers, universities, training providers and professional bodies working together to create the skills needed for the digital economy.
Through our expert teaching, your staff will learn about current security threats and how to tackle them – as well as how to identify and mitigate future risks.
This apprenticeship challenges your staff to apply their learning to their workplace setting and therefore the benefits for your organisation will be immediate. You will see a positive change in how apprentices develop effective solutions and take responsibility for the continuous improvement of your IT systems and working processes.
Areas of study
During their first year, apprentices will develop a grounding in computers, systems and networks, particularly in relation to identifying and preventing security breaches. Topics will include system design and development, and the fundamentals of programming.
An independent work-based project will underpin classroom content - therefore apprentices will be applying their learning to your workplace from day one.
In year two, learners will develop their experience of analysing secure networks and websites, and will develop skills around penetration testing, malware identification and ethical hacking. Areas of study will include cryptography and security, network design and configuration, and operating systems security - with a focus on Windows, MAC OS and Linux.
Application of learning takes an even stronger focus, with supervised professional work experience providing a mechanism for learners to put theory into practice.
The third year has a strategic focus and apprentices are required to develop solutions to protect against cybercrime, before it happens. Learners will explore topics such as risk assessment and management, advanced networking and security, and secure system assurance.
The third year project will be an individual research project, where learners will be required to examine 'hot' cybercrime topics, with a particular focus on the commercial security risks and how organisations can protect themselves.
Throughout the apprenticeship, learners will be required to reflect upon how they have applied taught content in their workplace. In their final year they will be required to present a learning portfolio and synoptic project, demonstrating their growth in knowledge and professional development.
Study style and assessment
This apprenticeship will be delivered through a blended approach that combines traditional face-to-face teaching, with virtual and work-based learning.
The delivery of face-to-face elements can be packaged to suit your needs, with both block study and day release options available. The location of these 'university days' is also something we can develop with you – for larger groups of learners we can deliver learning at a location that suits you.
Assessment is through group work, individual assignments, report writing and in-class tests – however, in each case there will be a opportunities for apprentices to apply their learning to real-world scenarios affecting their place of work.
World class facilities
Apprentices will have access to our new purpose-built School of Computing and Technology. This facility includes a dedicated cyber security lab where learners can practice their skills in a digitally protected environment, with an isolated network. The centre also has purpose-built break-out areas for workshop sessions, and the latest computing technology and software.
Upon completion of this apprenticeship,
learners will be awarded a BSc (hons) in Cyber Security. As such, this apprenticeship is underpinned by a high-quality, recognised qualifications.
All apprentices will be supported by a personal tutor who will remain a source of advice and support for them throughout the apprenticeship. You, their employer, will also be able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, meaning that you are able to get the best out of both the apprentices and the apprenticeship. A win win.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include three ‘A’ levels, including maths, or other relevant qualifications or experience.
Apprentices should be in fulltime employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 25% of their working hours should be set aside for study.