What will the apprentice be doing?
With primary responsibility for ensuring the security, validity and provision of our systems and services. The postholder, through monitoring, evaluation and in collaboration with the Head of Information Security Management and Network and Security Manager, will undertake cyber security activities within the University and contribute to the management of risks to the University’s IT facilities and information from internal and external threats.
In addition, the post holder will be expected to proactively engage with the Information Security team to identify and mitigate relevant cyber threats, investigate incidents and work with stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of Information Security and ensure continued legal, contractual and regulatory compliance.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship programme is designed to enhance and accelerate career prospects through engaging in a work based learning programme providing opportunities to develop an understanding of cyber security issues and technology solutions and capitalise on opportunities for applied learning within the context of employment. The programme will specifically enable you to develop, update, extend and deepen your knowledge and technical competencies; underpinning professional skills and behaviours to excel as a thorough cyber security professional working in wider business or technology/engineering functions.
To support your development of the qualities listed above, the programme takes a work-related approach in which you will develop knowledge and understanding, your personal capability and be able to apply technical competencies, professional skills and behaviours in cyber security and wider business or a technology/engineering role within your current organisational setting.
Your learning, personal and professional development will therefore be facilitated through a structured research-rich learning programme and supported by a range of learning, classroom and work based learning experiences. This will enable you to embark on a learning programme designed to enhance your future employability and equip you for a career leading or working within a cyber security, technology, engineering and wider business environment.
How will I be taught?
As an apprentice, you are entitled to 20% of your working time off for studying. This will be agreed between your employer, you and us – we can advise how best to do this.
This programme fully utilises blended learning through a range of digital learning resources and teaching that will support you in your studies and work-based learning.
On top of this, you will have day block workshops at your study location to help you contextualise your learning. These are delivered as follows:
Level 4 – Two 2-day block workshops (6 hours per day) per module
Level 5 – One 2-day and one 1-day block workshop (6 hours per day) per module
Level 6 – Two 1-day workshops (6 hours per day) per module
You will also receive regular contact and support from your coach throughout the programme. This can take the form of both face-to-face and virtual contact.
The main method of assessment used is individual coursework and each assessment is designed to enable you to demonstrate module learning outcomes, which in turn support the overall achievement of the learning outcomes of the programme as a whole. A range of coursework approaches will be used throughout the programme. This will include technical projects for technical modules and research-informed assignments for other modules to enable you to develop a sound knowledge base in key areas of cyber security and research-informed work-based projects for ‘Professional Practice’ modules.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
92% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks.
Reality CheckImportant information: QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.
Skills RequiredCreativity, Flexibility, Willing to learn, Hard working
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 4+ (A - C)) Essential
Other 120 UCAS points (Grade A Level or equivalent) Essential