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Cyber Security

With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, you’ll build a career in a fast paced sector where new job roles and competencies evolve quickly. We've worked with employers, college and universities in the IT industry to create this qualification. This means you'll be gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry expects from a graduate.

The qualification

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeships at SCQF level 11 entitled:

Graduate Apprenticeships in BEng (Masters) Cyber Security

What will I learn?

A GA is about much more than just getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain a whole range of useful experience and skills such as:

  • Confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA), concepts such as probability, consequence, harm, risk identification, assessment and mitigation and the relationship between information and system risk
  • Threats, how they materialise, typical attacks and how those attacks exploit vulnerabilities
  • Physical and process controls that can be implemented across an organisation to reduce information and systems risk, identify and mitigate vulnerability, and ensure organisational compliance
  • The concepts of systems hardening and usability to ensure robust, resilient systems that are fit for purpose
  • Understanding the personal, organisational and legal context in which information systems could be used, the risks of such use and the constraints (such as time, finance and people) that may affect how cyber security is implemented
  • The ability to communicate, problem solve, work with and lead teams

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in roles like:

  • Information security assurance specialist
  • Cyber security technical specialist
  • Security operations centre specialist

Course content

The key content areas which make up the Cyber Security: SCQF level 11 Graduate Apprenticeship:

  • Information and risk
  • Threats and attacks
  • Cyber security architecture and operations
  • Secure systems hardening and usability
  • Cyber security management
  • Personal and professional

Plus, a specialisation optional pathway in one of the following areas:

  • Information security audit and compliance
  • Security testing
  • Digital forensics
  • Network security
  • Secure operations

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary by course and institution. Vacancy advertisements provide specific information on the qualifications required by the delivery institution for each GA. Alternatively, you can contact a university or college directly for guidance on entry requirements.


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