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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

More news

Cheltenham’s Economic Recovery Task Force launches new employer survey as it looks to accelerate take-up of apprenticeships

Cheltenham’s Economic Recovery Task Force, the public-private leadership body formed to spearhead Cheltenham’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has today launched a new survey targeting employers in the town with the aim of understanding perceptions and attitudes towards apprenticeships and how they can support business recovery in the town.

GC unveils new Cheltenham facilities as part of the West of England Institute of Technology

Proudly part of the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT), Gloucestershire College is thrilled to reveal the brand new cyber and engineering facilities located at our Cheltenham campus. Read more here.

Degree Apprentices Awarded Runners Up Prize in National Engineering Competition

Congratulations to Marcus Evans, Charlie Lodge, Eleanor Brisland, Oliver Tutton and Ezra Price who were awarded the Runners Up Prize in the national Engineering For People Design Challenge 2021. Read more here.

Gloucestershire College is delighted to be the first college in England to offer a degree apprenticeship recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - Photo of Andy Bates and Matthew Burgess

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship recognised by the NCSC

Gloucestershire College is delighted to be the first college in England to offer a degree apprenticeship recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ, for delivering quality education and training. The Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has been awarded provisional certification by the UK’s cyber experts, in the latest round of its certified degree initiative. Read more here.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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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.