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Degree Apprenticeship

Cyber Security

Upon successful completion of this level 6 apprenticeship, learners will gain a BSc (Hons) degree, as well as professional recognition from the Institute of Information Security Professionals.

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About the Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship

Our Cyber Security Technical Professional Apprenticeship is an exciting programme designed to give learners key knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that are sought after by employers.

Cyber security technical professionals operate in business or technology/engineering functions across a range of sectors.

They normally work with a considerable degree of autonomy and lead teams that research, analyse, model, assess and manage cyber security risks. They also design, develop, justify, manage and operate secure solutions, and detect and respond to incidents. They work in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and ethics.

Upon completion, apprentices will graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security, plus they will recognised for Institute of Information Security Professionals entry at Associate level.

Teaching is delivered over 3 years via a mix of block learning and day release. In terms of assessment, the programme is coursework based, meaning there are  no exams (as these do not replicate real-world working environments in the computing industry).

This apprenticeship has been developed with support of the Institute of Coding.

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Abu Alam receiving an award at the National Cyber Awards

Meet the lecturer

Abu Alam, Academic Course Leader

Abu is passionate about research in programming. He has worked as a software developer, a senior software architect, freelance software engineer, and project consultant. His technical skills include several programming languages, database management systems, development tools and methods.

In 2022, Abu attended the National Cyber Awards, where University of Gloucestershire was highly commended as ‘Cyber University of the Year’, and two of our apprentices were nominated for ‘Cyber Student of the Year’.


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Graduate perspective

“The Cyber Security Degree apprenticeship acted as a fantastic springboard into the next level of my career. Modules and coursework are devised in-line with industry standards and best practices, ensuring that the qualification you gain remains relevant.

The course balances the technical, physical, legal and human aspects of cyber security through bespoke practicals, teaching you everything from how to devise security frameworks to fending off a cyber attack in progress.

By balancing study with industry experience through an apprenticeship, you achieve the best of both worlds; a fantastic education in cyber, whilst also gaining a business mindset and key work experience, critical in the world we live in today.”

Alexander Cameron,
Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship graduate

Park Campus

This apprenticeship will be delivered in our state-of-the-art computing and technology facilities on Park Campus in Cheltenham.

This centre for all things computing includes a dedicated cyber security lab where learners can practice their new skills in a digitally protected, authentic environment with an isolated network.

There are purpose-built computing suites kitted out wit the latest tools and operating systems, such as Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Drones, Photoshop, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco. Plus, there are breakout areas for workshop sessions, games consoles and screens in social areas, and the latest computing technology and software. There is a strong sense of community, with staff and learners sharing both work and relaxation space.

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Student Centre staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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