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Course Length

27 months.

Role Profile

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.

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

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 an additional criteria.

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.


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).

End Point Assessment

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 of the knowledge modules (including the relevant industry certification) and satisfied the on-the-job practical and behavioural standards.

Career Progression

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.


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