What's Cyber Security like?
Cyber security uses technologies, processes and controls to prevent attacks on:
With this Graduate Apprenticeship, you’ll build a career in a fast-paced sector with varied roles.
We've worked with colleges, universities and industry employers to create this qualification. You'll gain the skills and knowledge the industry expects from a graduate - and earn yourself a degree.
You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 or 11. When you complete it you'll achieve one of the following qualification(s):
BEng (Honours) degree in Cyber Security
BEng (Masters) degree in Cyber Security
A Graduate Apprenticeship is about much more than getting a degree.
In SCQF Level 10, you'll learn skills such as:
identifying and evaluating security threats and hazards
investigating different attack techniques and how to defend against them
finding vulnerabilities in a digital system
implementing cyber security defences against attack
understanding the foundations of cyber security
understanding cyber security concepts applied to ICT infrastructure
applying laws and ethics
understanding existing threats as well as new trends
In SCQF Level 11, you’ll gain useful experience and skills such as:
confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) - the 3 main components of information security
understanding probability, consequence, harm, risk identification, assessment and mitigation
threats, how they materialise, typical attacks and how those attacks exploit vulnerabilities
physical and process controls in an organisation
developing robust, resilient systems
understanding the personal, organisational and legal context
Your Graduate Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:
working with others
These skills are crucial for your future life and career as they help you to:
cope and excel during change
collaborate with others
For SCQF Level 10, you could find employment in roles such as:
cyber security analyst
cyber security and information risk advisor
cyber security or information assurance architect
information security accreditor
cyber security/information assurance auditor
IT or network security engineer
cyber security forensics analyst
For SCQF Level 11, you could find employment in roles such as:
information security assurance specialist
cyber security technical specialist
security operations centre specialist
Good to know
Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.
Each vacancy advert tells you what qualifications you need to start the apprenticeship. Or contact the university directly for guidance on entry requirements.
How does it work?
You’ll learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. You’ll study at university about 1 day a week. When you complete the apprenticeship you’ll have achieved an honours degree.
How long will it take?
The Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree level) will take up to 4 years to complete.
You might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because you might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. So you don’t have to repeat some parts of the qualification.
The Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 11 (Masters degree level) is a post-graduate qualification. It'll take up to 18 months to complete with the necessary entry requirements.
How to apply
Use the 'Find vacancies near you' search at the end of this page to look for vacancies, then you can apply online.
You'll apply on Apprenticeships.scot or the company’s own website – there are details on the vacancy advert.