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.
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’.
In Year 1, learners develop a grounding in computers, systems and networks, particularly in relation to identifying and preventing security breaches.
An independent work-based project underpins classroom content, so apprentices are applying their learning in the workplace from day one.
Computers and Security
This module introduces the core concepts of computers and security by considering the design and operation of computers and computer networks, the implications of security and how computers may be programmed.
Principles of Programming
This introduces the principles of programming and develops an understanding of problem solving techniques for software development using a programming language.
Maths for Data Science
The module aims to introduce basic topics in data analysis, probability, statistics and hypothesis testing. This module will provide students with a range of processes and techniques to address data science and its theoretical foundation.
This introduces software engineering principles and practices necessary to developing quality software-intensive systems for business use. Learners will be introduced to working in teams to identify business requirements and turn these into practical, workable solutions.
Independent Work-Based Project
This project applies theories and principles integrated from modules studied already. Learners identify an issue/problem that needs solving and produce a piece of work that demonstrates understanding and application of theories and principles.
Managing the Security of Information
This module looks at the security of information and how it can be managed to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability. It encompasses the role of the Information Security Officer, security policies, standards and managing user activities.
Supervised Professional Work Experience
For this module learners undertake a supervised work-based activity focussing on the application of learnt theories to their place of work as well as how learning has impacted their employment. They identify a workplace issue/project collaboratively with their employer, in which they will apply theory to the workplace and evaluate this application.
This module investigates underlying architecture and operation of operating systems, from installation, essentials of system administration, command line, processes, file system concepts and use, to configuration and security of modern systems.
It covers Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS.
Ethical Hacking and Security
This module introduces the technical and non-technical components of ethical hacking. Apprentices will learn:
- how to recognise and analyse the required stages for an ethical hacker to compromise a Target of Evaluation
- how to critically evaluate networks and systems to identify vulnerabilities
- about security standards, policies and legislation
Network Design and Configuration
This module provides an understanding of the principles of networking, network design and network architecture and infrastructures.
A number of core networking topics will be delivered, which include:
- networking principles
- network architecture and design
- network standards
- configuration of network devices
- routers and switches
- network trouble-shooting
- support and the provision of network redundancy
- load balancing.
Cryptography & Security
This module will aim to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts, theory and application of cryptography. A number of cryptographic techniques and encryption algorithms will be studied and examined. The primary objective for students is to understand and synthesize the practical application of modern cryptography.
Cyber Security Management
This module reviews the management of cyber security within an organisation. Learners will:
- develop an information security plan
- evaluate the key concepts around applying an information security management system
- identify and apply appropriate governance
- understand security roles and procedures, risks and threat analysis, and organisational security policies.
Big Data Analytics
This module introduces advanced concepts in the applications of Data Analytics. It focuses on the applications of different techniques to extract meaningful patterns from both structured and unstructured datasets in both machine-based and container-based virtualisation environments.
Apprentices will learn to leverage different real-time Big Data Analytics frameworks in extracting and analysing data collected from various sensors, devices, networks, intrusion detection system (IDS) log files, web, social media etc. The analysis will be performed through different techniques including classification, clustering, regression as well as other machine learning algorithms.
Advanced Networking & Security
This module builds on the network design and implementation principles from the year 2 module ‘Network Design and Configuration’.
The objective is to defend and protect the network infrastructure, architecture, protocols and applications in order to deliver secured protocols, applications, services and data. The cyber security framework of identifying, protecting, detecting, responding and recovery in relation to network security will be evaluated and critically analysed.
- Learners will become capable of analysing, designing and managing the requirements of a secure network architecture based on risk analysis and operational requirements in accordance with regulations and standards.
This module enables apprentices to practice their technical skills on malware detection and attack technologies in both local and remote network environments. They will learn:
- about the creation of modern malware
- the techniques used to exploit system and network weaknesses
- the tools and skills needed to defend and recover from malicious attacks.
This module explores a range of recognised software security problems using motivational examples. It looks at the fundamental sources of vulnerabilities arising at a programming level including:
- inadequate handling of exceptional situations
- poor understanding of the details of programming language
- incomplete descriptions of the interface between components
- insufficient care in the treatment of concurrency and threading issues
Learners will look at how these relate to evolving threat models.
Apprentices self-manage an academic in-depth investigation of a cyber security topic with support from an adviser. The chosen dissertation project will provide substantive evidence from a business-related project to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge.
The End Point Assessment (EPA) is an independent assessment that takes place after the final year of the apprenticeship. It is designed to test that the learner is competent in their occupation by assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSB) outcomes detailed in the approved Apprenticeship Standard.
For this degree apprenticeship, the EPA consists of two components:
- a practical test;
- a technical discussion.
All apprentices must pass their EPA to successfully complete their apprenticeship and academic
“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.”
Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship graduate
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.
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 Helpzone 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.
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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Eligibility and Entry requirements
Apprentices should be in full-time employment (eg employed for at least 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
Apprentices must have GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English before they complete the EPA (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification). In some cases, apprentices are able to complete Functional Skills alongside their apprenticeship in order to have the needed Level 2 qualification ahead of EPA.
Employers may set additional entry requirements suitable for their organisational needs.
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