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Degree Apprenticeship

Cyber Security

The Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work with a local employer while gaining a BSc (Hons) degree from University of Gloucestershire.

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The Gloucestershire Cyber Launchpad Scheme

University of Gloucestershire (UoG) has teamed up with local employers to give young computing enthusiasts the opportunity to start a Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship.

Degree apprenticeships enable you to obtain a full undergraduate degree while learning professional skills and earning an income.

The Gloucestershire Cyber Launchpad (GCL) scheme brings together UoG and a collection of forward-thinking cyber employers who recognise hidden talent in those whose skills have up to now been overlooked.

With Cheltenham fast becoming the UK’s cyber hub, there really is no better place to start an exciting career at the cutting edge of digital technology.

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You won’t have to pay any student fees as these are covered by the Government and your employer using the Apprenticeship Levy scheme.

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If you are an individual interested in becoming a Cyber Security Degree Apprentice as part of the Gloucestershire Cyber Launchpad Scheme, please email gcl@glos.ac.uk.

About the Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship

The Cyber Security Technical Professional Apprenticeship is an exciting programme designed to give you key knowledge, understanding, skills and experience for a career in cyber security.

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 of the programme, you’ll graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security, plus you will be 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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How does it work?

We’re currently partnered with a range of local businesses and organisations to offer apprenticeship places.

You’ll spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where you’ll study for your degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

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Eligibility & entry requirements

The most important thing is that you have a natural talent for computing and are excited about developing your cyber skills. Perhaps you enjoy coding in your spare time, or you get a kick out of teaching yourself new tech skills.

You should have grade C/4 or above in maths and English. But don’t worry if you haven’t – there will be an opportunity to gain these qualifications during your programme of study. It is a requirement that all apprentices gain these qualifications before their ‘end point assessment’.

Employers may set additional entry requirements depending on their organisational needs – if so, you will find this out when applying.

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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’.

Modules

Hear from a Cyber Security Degree Apprentice

“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, while also gaining a business mindset and key work experience, critical in the world we live in today.”

Alexander Cameron, Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship graduate

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Park Campus

You’ll study 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 you can practise your new skills in a digitally protected, authentic environment with an isolated network.

There are purpose-built computing suites kitted out with 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 spaces.

How you’ll be supported

You’ll have a personal tutor throughout your apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports you towards successful completion.

You are also supported by module tutors and UoG’s Student Centre staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

If you have particular educational needs, UoG will work with you to ensure there are plans in place to address these.

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Benefits for you

You’ll have access to:
· experienced professionals who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries, 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

Already employed but still interested?

If you’re currently employed and are interested in starting the Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship with the support of your employer, you can find out more about how to do this on our information for learners page.

GCL Recruitment event

Registration for the Cyber Degree Apprenticeship Event in May 2024 is now closed. Please email gcl@glos.ac.uk if you would like your details to be kept on file for future events.