CyberFirst Bursary and Degree Apprenticeship

Created:  20 Aug 2016
Updated:  19 Nov 2018
Applications for CyberFirst Bursaries and Degree Apprenticeships are CLOSED.
CyberFirst offers students a real choice after their A Levels or whilst at University. A CyberFirst Bursary offers undergraduates £4,000 per year financial assistance and paid cyber security work experience to help kick start their career in cyber. A CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship allows undergraduates to earn whilst they learn, ready for a job with GCHQ.

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CyberFirst Bursary

CyberFirst is a student scheme inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which aims to support and prepare undergraduates for a career in cyber security. NCSC partners with other government departments and selected industry, offer students £4,000 per year and paid cyber skills training to help you kick start a career in cyber security.

You will need to have (or expect to have) 3 ‘A’ levels in any subject at Grade B or above (or equivalent) and have an offer (or be applying) to study an Undergraduate Degree or Integrated Masters in any subject at a UK University from September 2019


Already be studying an Undergraduate Degree or Integrated Masters in any subject at a UK University, with a minimum of 2 years of full time study remaining from September 2019 and have (or expect to have) attained a minimum 2:1 equivalent at the end of academic year 2018/19

Applications now closed.

CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship

The CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship is a three year apprenticeship where you’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide cyber security to our customers.

Successful applicants will earn while they learn with a starting salary of £18,495 and gain a recognised degree over the three-year programme. 

We are looking for motivated and committed individuals, from all backgrounds, with an aspiration for a career in cyber security.  As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have the aptitude to develop a technical understanding of cyber security.  You will need to have (or be expecting to have by September 2019), 3 ‘A’ Levels in any subject at grade C or above (or equivalent) and a IGCSE/GCSE Maths at grade B or 6 (or above).

Applications now closed.


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