New talent

Under the CyberFirst brand, we support the development of the UK's next generation of cyber professionals. Our student bursary and apprenticeship schemes, courses for 11-17 year olds and girls competition are helping us to nurture talent for a future in cyber security.  

Registration for the CyberFirst Girls competition is now open.

Learn more about the competition, how to get involved and register for the 2019 competition.

Update: All participants of the Girls Competition will be eligible for a place on a specially commisioned CyberFirst Defenders course. Read more.

CyberFirst is developing the UK's next generation of cyber professionals through student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions.

Head to the CyberFirst website for the latest 2019 Girls Competition updates and don't miss the Teacher's Pack designed to give you all the information needed to enter your school.

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Join CyberFirst

CyberFirst offers students a real choice after their A Levels or whilst at Uni. A CyberFirst Bursary offers undergraduates £4,000 per year financial assistance and paid cyber security work experience. A CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship allows undergraduates to earn whilst they learn at GCHQ.

Applications for bursaries and apprenticeships are now closed.

All of our courses are carefully designed to bring out every student’s potential and inspire them to consider opportunities in cyber security. The courses are free; aimed at 11–17 year-olds; and offer are a mix of residential and non-residential at universities and colleges across mainland UK.

CyberFirst summer course dates for 2018 are now live and available to book!

The 2018 Girls Competition was a great success but it's time to start thinking about 2019!

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 competition updates on the Girls Competition website, and don't miss the Teacher's Pack -  developed to help you enter your school in 2019!



There has never been a greater need for young talented people to help protect UK society, our families and our way of life. As a key part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme, CyberFirst will deliver a broad range of activities designed to identify and support talented young people through their education and highlight exciting career opportunities in cyber security.

Cyber education for a secure future

Supporting the development of UK cyber talent throughout their academic career and beyond.

Bachelor's degrees

NCSC-certified Bachelor's degrees help students make informed choices about cyber security qualifications and gives employers a way to recruit and develop skilled staff. Universities offering certified courses attract high quality students from around the world. 

Arkwright scholarships

GCHQ is proud to be sponsoring 10 Arkwright Scholars. Arkwright Engineering Scholars are elite students from schools up and down the country who have earned a scholarship through a rigorous selection process. This is just another example of how GCHQ is investing in talent for the future.

Programmes for schools

A programme of engagement with secondary education designed to foster the study of STEM subjects, encouraging promising students to consider cyber security as a career option. The key to this is promoting diversity.

We are working with other government departments to develop, as part of a Cyber Schools Programme, an ambitious skills programme for 14-18 year olds, to embed cyber security as a recognised career choice.

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