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CyberFirst University Bursary and Degree Apprenticeship (Year 13)

The National Cyber Security Centre is working with GCHQ and the Cyber Exchange to offer students higher education qualifications in cyber security.

The NCSC’s bursary and degree apprenticeship programmes are designed for a new generation of future cyber security professionals. And even if you don’t know how to code yet, these programmes are open to you.

Please see more information here.

Is this for you?

The key thing we look for in our applicants isn’t your genius programming skills – it’s curiosity. You care about your technology, whether it’s your phone or your console, and you ask questions about how it works. You’re ready to learn all there is to know about computing – even if you don’t know much yet. In fact, on our degree apprenticeship, we’ll train you how to code on the job.

As long as you’ve got the right attitude and the aptitude to learn about technology, you’ll find a real sense of community with us. We’re looking for young people of all genders, all cultures, all experiences – all keen to explore and defend our digital world. The main thing we all have in common is our desire to make an impact – and with CyberFirst, and a career in cyber security, that’s guaranteed. Whether you choose to fund your degree through our bursary, or earn while you learn on the degree apprenticeship – launch a career that helps defend the modern world you love.

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GCHQ is the UK’s world-leading intelligence and cyber security agency with a mission to help keep the UK safe. The agency uses cutting-edge technology and technical ingenuity to identify, analyse, and disrupt threats in an increasingly digital world. They work closely with MI5, MI6, law enforcement, the military, and international partners to counter real-world and online threats from both large groups and individuals.

As part of GCHQ, the NCSC is the UK’s lead technical authority on cyber security, helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.


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