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Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship

It's no secret Gloucestershire is fast becoming the centre of our cyber industry.

Are You Part Of It?

Discover our cyber security degree apprenticeship, in partnership with UWE Bristol and delivered in our brand new world-class £3million cyber facility.

Gloucestershire College is the leading provider of apprenticeships in the county; working with over 1,000 of Gloucestershire’s best businesses to produce award-winning apprenticeships.

About the Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship

The Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship is in partnership with Bristol UWE. 

Taught by UWE Bristol and Gloucestershire College lecturers, apprentices earn a UWE Bristol BSc Hons degree, in new, world-class facilities within easy reach of work or home.  

Apprenticeship graduates will be able to operate autonomously; lead teams that manage cyber security risks and secure solutions end-to-end; and be able to detect and respond to incidents.

What Does the Degree Apprenticeship Involve?

You'll study the apprenticeship for three and a half years, plus an end point assessment, with the opportunity to progress to a Masters upon completion.

The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas: 

  • Foundations of cyber security
  • Network foundations
  • Information management
  • Computer architecture
  • Operating system principles
  • Legal, regulatory, compliance and standards
  • Algorithm and program design
  • Malware, threats and defensive programming
Apprentices will study for one week a month, and for two weeks in September and June. 

With the average university student debt of £50,000, apprenticeships are an excellent, debt-free route to a degree. There are no tuition fees and student loans, apprentices are paid while they learn, gaining experience with a reputable business.

A typical cyber security apprentice can earn over £18,000 per year.

Watch our Cyber Degree Apprenticeship Launch Video

Learn more about the apprenticeship degree from Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol, while hearing from cyber industry experts. 

What you can expect:

  • UWE Bristol coming to Cheltenham
  • Introduction to the new cyber security degree apprenticeship
  • The landscape of the cyber security industry from Bamboo
  • The latest on Cheltenham's Cyber Park coming 2025

Gloucestershire is Fast Becoming the Centre of our Cyber Industry. 

Our Cheltenham Campus is just a stone’s throw away from GCHQ, a world-leading intelligence, cyber and security agency that keeps the UK safe.They employ over 5,000 people.

By 2025, GCHQ will have a new neighbour, a 45 hectare Cyber Park putting the town at the forefront of cyber security and creating 7,000 new jobs. Cyber Central UK is championed by Cheltenham
Borough Council, and will firmly put Cheltenham on the cyber map regionally, nationally and globally . It is part of a wider Golden Valley development with exciting plans for homes, restaurants, leisure spaces
and a shuttle service to the town centre.

Cheltenham is also home to trailblazing cyber security co-working space Hub8, in the Brewery Quarter. Hub8 is delivered in partnership with CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham).


Apprenticeship News

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GC wins apprenticeship training provider award for the third year running

Whether it’s celebrating an award win or personal milestones, we are proud of every apprentice’s success.

Meet the trainer: Dianne Baker, Assessor Trainer in Apprenticeships at GC

“Apprentices learn with you and from you, as well as from their college trainer. So they are getting an excellent all round knowledge base as well as learning your own methods and practices. They appreciate the commitment you give them and you’ll appreciate the depth of skills and knowledge that they acquire. Apprentices can become your most loyal employees – supporting the business as it develops and becoming your next team leaders, trainers and managers.”

Meet the lecturer: Vincent Seow, Engineering Degree Lecturer at GC

"In our engineering degree courses, we tailor the skillset to meet business needs relevant to our employer partners. Your apprentices will be working in the knowledge that at the end of their apprenticeship they will have a qualification that is tremendously valuable to them individually and to you as an employer."

Meet GC's Employer Training & Apprenticeships Team - Sian Pirone, Senior Business & Apprenticeship Sales Executive

The team actively works with over 1000 employers to upskill and develop their workforces, in particular focusing on building the skills of tomorrow and ensuring apprenticeships are relevant, responsive and enable apprentices to make a significant contribution to the success of their business; while supporting the apprentices every step of the way.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.