CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security 2019 Ref. 1526

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Cheltenham, London, Bude, Scarborough

GCHQ’s unique Cyber Security Degree Level Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to develop advanced cyber security skills, while helping the UK to grow its technical capabilities.  During the three-year programme, while gaining a recognised Degree, you’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide cyber security to our customers.  


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, GCHQ unlocks the complex world of communications to make a real difference to the safety of the nation. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats.


If you’re looking to start your career after ‘A’ levels (or equivalent), our unique Cyber Security Degree Level Apprenticeship will offer you new challenges every day.  This is a Degree Level Apprenticeship like no other.  Working with GCHQ, including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), you’ll gain a unique insight into our work which is constantly evolving, always technically challenging and provides huge scope for your own personal development.  Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime.  This is an opportunity that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Our work is constantly evolving, giving you lots of opportunities over the three-year programme to explore and develop advance cyber security skills in areas such as programming, computing, technical analysis, malware, vulnerability and threat analysis and computer hardware.

You will receive full training and support throughout the programme, as well as a starting salary of £18,495 and all the benefits that you’d expect from a Civil Service organisation.  While gaining a recognised degree and building your experience and confidence in the workplace you will develop a broad range of skills including teamwork, communication leadership, and be part of a close-knit cohort that provides opportunities for support and learning within its community.  After successful completion of the Apprenticeship, subject to business needs and you meeting the necessary criteria, you may be offered full-time employment.


To apply for the CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security starting in September 2019, you must:

  • Be a UK National
  • Have (or be expecting to have by September 2019), 3 ‘A’ Levels in any subject at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Also have a IGCSE/GCSE Maths at grade of B or 6 or above (or equivalent)

We are looking for motivated and committed individuals, from all backgrounds, with an aspiration for a career in cyber security.  A keen interest in, or desire to learn about programming, computing and technology is essential.  As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have the aptitude to develop a technical understanding of cyber security.  Although previous experience in coding would be advantageous, it’s not required as you’ll have the opportunity to develop these skills on the apprenticeship.  


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. Through a comprehensive training and development package, we’ll enable you to grow your skills and perform to the best of your abilities. Over the three-year programme, you’ll get a mix of university-delivered classroom and lab education in state-of-the-art off site facilities along with technical training, mentoring and job shadowing, and hands-on, work-based placements and projects. Supported by our collaborative learning environment, you’ll soon be working on projects that help keep Britain safe.

Formal training will take place, mainly off site in your first year, in Cheltenham which is an easy commute from cities such as Bristol and Birmingham. Work placements will take place in the location for which you have been recruited. After successful completion of the three-year Degree Level Apprenticeship and subject to business needs and meeting the necessary criteria, you may be offered full-time employment.




Cheltenham, London, Bude, Scarborough


To apply for this position, you must be 18 by 31st August 2019 and meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  Full details of these requirements can be found here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of the selection process are:

  • Online Exercise – Please note, the link to the online exercise platform will be emailed to you following confirmation of eligibility and will be available from 17th September 2018.  This must be completed no later than 9th November 2018
  • Assessment Centre / Interview*

*Assessment Centres will be held in Gloucester between 14th January 2019 and 1st February 2019

If successful, you’ll receive an offer to complete the CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, conditional upon exam results and you completing our Developed Vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.