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Cyber Security

With cyber-attacks on the rise and security risks constantly evolving, cyber security technology has never been more important. Most organisations in our digital world have an online presence and significant amounts of data to protect. Cyber security technologists shield this vital information from hackers, malware and other cyber threats, both safeguarding their clients’ and colleagues’ data, and protecting the future of their organisation.

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Our Cyber Security Apprenticeship lasts 18 months and has been designed in collaboration with businesses to meet their needs in 2021 and beyond. Apprentices will complete their training by attending a remote day release, once a week, to gain knowledge and skills they can immediately begin applying in their roles. They will also be assigned weekly tasks to ensure they retain knowledge and make progress towards their qualification.

Throughout training, working towards your BCS Level 4 certificate, Apprentices will also complete their CompTia PenTest+ exam, giving learners up to date skills required for business. They will be supported throughout their journey by their employer and our designated skills coaches, who will meet with the apprentice and the employer regularly for 1-1’s. Throughout the apprenticeship, they will create a portfolio of evidence showcasing their best work.

Our Skills Coaches work with the apprentice and the employer to put a suitable coaching plan in place to support them throughout their journey.


Excel: Cyber Security Apprenticeship

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Cyber Security Specialist. This apprenticeship covers:




  • Cryptography
  • Physical Security
  • Linux Fundamentals
  • Windows Fundamentals
  • Networking
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile OS Fundamentals
  • Law and Ethics
  • Red Team Operations
  • Blue Team Operations
  • Lightning talks from our employer network and guest speaker
  • Understanding the traits of a valuable team member
  • Mindfulness and mental resilience workshop
  • Weekly yoga sessions (optional)

Apprenticeship Overview

Apprentices will complete their training by attending weekly training days. These will be once a week for the first 50 weeks of their apprenticeship. During these sessions, they will develop new skills, knowledge and behaviour which they can implement within the workplace.

Apprentices will be assigned projects and tasks to complete each week to reinforce their knowledge and understanding.

Apprentices will have a skills coach in place who will meet with them and the employer once a month to review progress and set further targets. They will also support the apprentice to ensure they fully meet the standard of the apprenticeship.

Maths and English training is also provided for any apprentices that require it and is delivered throughout their apprenticeship.

CompTIA PenTest+

This course also includes the CompTIA PenTest+ qualification and training.

This industry recognised qualification is for cyber security professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management. It covers and tests:

  • Planning and Scoping
  • Information Gathering and Vulnerability Scanning
  • Reporting and Communication
  • Tools and Code Analysis

Apprentices will choose one of three pathways and at the end, will be competent in either:

The Cyber Security Engineer is the most technology focused role in this field and will typically design, build and test secure networks or security products or systems with a particular focus on the security aspects of the design.

Typical job titles include: Cyber Security Analyst, IT Security Technician or Cyber Security Engineer

The Cyber Risk Analyst focuses on risk assessment, analysis and giving advice on risk mitigations. The roles may support formal security governance, regulatory & compliance (GRC).

Typical job titles include: Cyber Risk Analyst, Information Security Assurance and Threat Analyst, Information Security Auditor

The Cyber Defender & Responder is more operationally focused, configuring and operating secure systems to prevent security breaches or monitoring systems to detect and respond to security breaches.

Typical job titles include: Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst, Forensics and Incident Response Analyst, Network Intrusion Analyst.

"The tutors on the cyber course were very supportive. They always made time to explain things if we were struggling, and helped us through technical issues if we encountered them. They also seemed to actually care about us as students and wanted us not only to do well, but also to enjoy the course."