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Cyber security degree - General Information

A cyber security technical professional operates in business or technology / engineering functions across a range of sectors of the economy including critical national infrastructure (such as energy, transport, water, finance), public and private, large and small. They will normally operate with a considerable degree of autonomy and will lead teams which research, analyse, model, assess and manage cyber security risks; design, develop, justify, manage and operate secure solutions; and detect and respond to incidents. They work in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and ethics.

Job roles include:

  • Cyber Risk Manager
  • Cyber Risk Analyst
  • Cyber Research Analyst
  • Cyber Incident Manager
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Design Engineer

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include three ‘A’ levels, including maths, or other relevant qualifications or experience. The majority of apprentices would be expected to have 2 Bs and a C including 2 STEM subjects or DMM at a relevant BTEC. Apprentices must be employed in a relevant job role for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Program specification

The degree has a formal program specification which has been validated by UWE.

Program Specification parts 1 & 2

Program Specification part 3

Overview

The degree apprenticeship assesses the apprentices knowledge, competency, skills and behaviour. These are developed over the duration of the the degree.

Year1234
KnowledgeFoundationCyber securityProfessional applicationEPA
CompetenceIndividual examplesSynthesised examplesComplex projectsAutonomous projects
Skills &BehavioursWorkplace integrationTeamwork, analysis, problem solvingNovel solutionsFully accountable

Schedule

Apprentices will attend college on average 1 week every month (block release) to complete all the modules in the degree.

Year 1SepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug
ModuleOSNetworkingProgrammingThreats
Weeks in college2111111112
Assessments11 11 11 2
Year 2SepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug
ModuleCryptographyOS SecurityEmbedded securityInformation Security
Weeks in college2111111112
Assessments11 11 11 2
Year 3SepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug
ModuleSecurity assuranceRisk managementIncident management
Project
Weeks in college2111112111
Assessments 11 11112
Year 4SepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug
ModulePortfolio preparationEPA
Weeks in college 1
Assessments 2

Assessment

Assessments will typically be:

  • Exam
  • Report
  • Report on a practical
  • Documented coursework
  • Presentation
  • Completed workbook
  • Completed notebook

End point assessment (EPA)

The End Point Assessment will test the entire Standard (skills, knowledge and behaviours) and be undertaken as follows:

  • Portfolio of evidence – produced towards the end of the apprenticeship, containing evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship. The portfolio will inform the technical discussion
  • Practical test – four exercises to assess the apprentices’ skills, knowledge and behaviour. This takes place in a controlled environment over 48 hours.
  • Employer reference – confirming the apprentice has met the standards
  • Completion and achievement of all the modules in the BSc Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree
  • Passes at Level 2 English and Maths (If not already achieved).
  • Technical discussion - to elicit sufficient evidence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours to inform whether the minimum standard has been achieved. This lasts 2 hours.

Two independent assessors (from a University) will assess each element of the end point assessment and will then decide whether to award successful apprentices with a pass, a merit or a distinction.

Qualifications

BSC (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree.

Professional Recognition

Recognised for entry to Institute of Information Security Professionals membership at Associate level.

Progression

MSc in Cyber Security at UWE (University of the West of England)

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