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What do you call a tech-savvy student with a career in computing and cyber security?


You call them lucky. We call them cyberists. And from bursary students to apprentices, they all come together on CyberFirst. Could you be one of them?


Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities helping young people break into brilliant tech careers. How? By getting them involved in the most important profession of our future: cyber security.


The best part is, there’s no experience required – just a passion for computing and technology. These young people could be anyone, from anywhere. We’re not just talking about genius coders. Maybe you only know a little html. Maybe you’re a social media expert instead. Or maybe your gaming set-up is the envy of every RPG fan.


Whoever you are, our future cyberists want to make a difference – and with CyberFirst, that’s guaranteed. Our apprentices and bursary students find a sure-fire career with great prospects, where they’ll protect both the people and the digital world they love.


What’s more, our options mean we’re more open than ever. Whether you’d rather get a degree first, or whether practical on-the-job learning is more your style, you’ll find the chance you need to become a cyberist of the future.



University Bursary


If you’re set to study a STEM degree next year, or you’re already in your first year now, our University Bursary is the way to go. We’ll give you£4k per year, paid summer work experience in government or industry, and a three-year graduate-level role after graduation. It’s the space and financial support to get to grips with your studies. The exposure of protecting the cyber world in your summer holidays. And of course, the unbeatable confidence of a guaranteedcyber security career at the end.



  • Be a first-year STEM student at a UK university or be looking to secure a place in September 2018
  • Have, or be predicted, 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in any subject
  • UK national status


Degree Apprenticeship


University isn’t for everyone – but cyber careers still can be. The CyberFirstDegree Apprenticeship means school-leavers can jump straight into practical work for some of the biggest government players. Learning on the job, you’ll build the skills you need for a career in cyber security, whilst studying for a recognised degree at the same time. Then, we’ll aim to put you into a full-time role at the end of your training.



  • Have, or be predicted,3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above in any subject
  • UK national status


So who can be a cyberist?


You can. These eye-opening, envy-of-your-classmates programmes are open to anyone who meets the requirements above. It goes without saying you’ll have a passion for tech and computing – but like we said, that could come in all kinds of forms. After all, we need all kinds of people.


So, it’s up to you. Explore our opportunities. Find out which suits you best. Then answer the question:



What do you call a student paid to protect our online world?


Some call them lucky.

We call them cyberists.

But you just might call it your future career.


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