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Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship Level 4

Subject Area
Digital Technologies
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
27 Months
Entry Requirements
There is a requirement to have A Levels, a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship or Level 3 qualification or other relevant qualifications and experience. In additional candidates should have Maths and English at GCSE grade 4/C or above or an equivalent qualification. Individual employers may set additional criteria.

The primary role of a Cyber Security Technologist is to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures, and mitigations to protect organisations systems and people. Those focused on the technical side, work on areas such as security design & architecture, security testing, investigations & response.

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.

Variable start date.

What will I study?

The Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship Level 4 combines high-quality, classroom-based learning with on-the-job experience to develop a foundation of technical skills and knowledge in cyber security, information assurance, data decryption and other digital security protection.

How will I be assessed?

End-Point Assessment will be carried out by the British Computer Society (BCS) and is likely to include a synoptic project, summative portfolio and an interview which will be marked holistically by the Independent Assessor with a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The decision as to when an apprentice is ready to cross the threshold from Learning and Formative Assessment to the End-Point Assessment will be made by the Employer and Training Provider based on their monitoring of an apprentice’s progress. Before the apprentice takes the End-Point Assessment, they must have successfully completed all the knowledge modules (including the relevant industry certification) and satisfied the on-the-job practical and behavioural standards.

Qualifications received

To cover the requirements of the knowledge modules and properly prepare students for end point assessment they will complete the following qualifications:

  • BCS Knowledge Module 1: Cyber Security Introduction
  • BCS Knowledge Module 2: Network and Digital Communications Theory
  • BCS Knowledge Module 3: Security Case Development and Design Good Practice
  • BCS Knowledge Module 4: Security Technology Building Blocks
  • BCS Knowledge Module 5: Employment of Cryptography

Method of Delivery

The knowledge modules will be delivered through blended learning with taught sessions being delivered at York College for the chosen knowledge units. These are supported by additional learning resources through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however, you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Typical job roles

  • Cyber Operations Manager
  • Security Architect
  • Security Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • Security Sales Engineer
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst
  • Forensics & Incident Response Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Information Security Auditor
  • Security Administrator
  • Information Security Officer

Your next steps

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry to both IISP and BCS Associate Membership and for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

Completion of this apprenticeship can lead to promotion within your role or your organisation or a higher-level programme of study.

Find out more
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course, intended to be studied alongside your working hours. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

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