Studying for an apprenticeship in information security lets you work in a job that makes a positive difference to the world of data protection. Be part of an industry thats focused on making Scotland’s digital landscape safer.   

The apprenticeship is suitable for people who want to progress in the information security sector. Work with a range of safeguarding tools, such as network defence systems, encryption platforms and algorithms. Learn how to identify a cybersecurity threat and stop it from happening. Discover how to come up with new protection strategies and help shield customer data.   

Whether youre interested in data analysis or security programming, theres a role for you in Scotland’s information security sector. Construct advanced protection software as an information security engineer. Become a penetration tester and test out new information security technology.

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level in information security. The qualification includes:  

  • core units of aSVQ in information security at SCQF level 8 
  • a range of work experience in a fast-moving industry   

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Analyse information security data  
  • Manage the principles of information governance and assurance 
  • Manage the principles of information security testing  
  • Utilise procedural programming 
  • Provide remote support for IT and telecoms products and services 
  • Manage the principles of secure system development   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Time management  
  • Numeracy  
  • Problem-solving   
  • Communication 
  • Teamwork    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as data administration and computer programming.  

Where could it take me?

This Technical Apprenticeship gives you a variety of choices. Carry on your studies with a bachelor’s degree in information security or go into full-time work.   

Further education: Expand your ICT knowledge by applying for bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming. This could lead to a higher qualification like a Masters in information securityYour experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Make the most of your qualifications and find an information security jobAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Penetration tester 
  • Senior information security analyst 
  • Cybersecurity engineer 
  • Senior IT auditor  
  • Information security analyst 
  • Information security auditor 

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. However, it is useful to have a previous qualification like an SCQF level 5 in information security or some experience of Information security 


This Technical Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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