About this programme

Our Cyber Security Technical Apprenticeship combines high-quality classroom training with on-the-job experience to develop apprentices real world skills in information security. Our programme teaches learners how to identify and mitigate against malware types, potential cyber-crime attacks, and explore ways of securing networks and services using cryptography.

This programme develops a blend of technical skills across digital security, information assurance and risk management to make apprentices security aware and productive in a commercial setting.

What’s included?

Our programme incorporates Information Security Technical Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 8.

On successful completion of the programme the following qualifications are gained:

  • Technical apprenticeship in Information Security, including SQA diploma in Information Security at SCQF Level 8, plus career skills and training leading industry certifications.
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Whats covered in the learning?

To ensure your apprentices develop relevant knowledge and experience, our Cyber Security Technical Modern Apprenticeship teaches them to understand and comprehend the technical skills and practical abilities, covering:

  • Ethical hacking
  • Penetration testing
  • Cryptography
  • Microsoft Windows 10 and other client operating systems
  • Mobility solutions such as Microsoft Intune
  • Securing devices and networks
  • Cyber Security Fundementals

Skills as covered by:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

Empowering roles such as:

  • Security Engineer
  • Security Operations Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • IT Operations
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During the programme approximately 8% of training takes place at a QA study centre, with the remaining 92% completed in the workplace.

We develop our programmes based on the needs of the IT industry, and training units can be tailored to suit your business requirements.

As part of their programme apprentices will complete:

Technical Apprenticeship

  • Approximately 12 months duration including up to 2 weeks classroom training in first 6 months. Assessor contact every 5 weeks, rotating between remote and face-to-face visits.

Mandatory Units

  • Carrying out Information Security Risk Assessment
  • Investigating Information Security Incidents
  • Carrying out Information Security Forensic Examinations
  • Carrying our Information Security Audits
  • Principles of Information Security Testing
  • Testing the Security of Information Systems
  • Principles of Secure Systems Development
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

Optional Units to choose from include

  • Carrying Out Information Security Risk Assessment
  • Investigating Information Security Incidents
  • Carrying Out Information Security Incident Management Activities
  • Carrying Out Information Security Forensic Examinations
  • Carrying Out Information Security Audits
  • Principles of Information Security Testing
  • Testing the Security of Information Systems
  • Principles of Secure System Development

For more information download the handout (link in right-hand side panel above).

NOTE: this programme is available in Scotland. Based in England? Click here (Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Apprenticeship Programme)

To contact us for more information fill in the form below.

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Why choose a QA apprenticeship

  • 91% of QA apprentices go straight into full-time jobs
  • 2.1 million jobs in the digital economy
  • £42,578 average skilled digital salary

Programme handout

Download the latest information about this QA Scottish apprenticeship programme.


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Frequently asked questions

How do apprenticeships work?

Through a combination of virtual, tutor-led blended learning and workplace assignments supported by our assessor team, you’ll be learning in lots of different ways while continuing to carry out your day-to-day job role for your employer.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone aged 16 and over, regardless of background, school achievement or specific learning needs, can apply to be an apprentice in Scotland.

Who will support me on my apprenticeship?

You'll have a whole team behind you. We'll help you get the most out of your apprenticeship.

  • Workplace support assessors
  • Online tutors
  • Your line manager
  • Safeguarding

What will happen after I apply?

We’ll get in touch if it looks like you’re a match for the apprenticeship job. First, we’ll call to get to know you better. Tell us what you’re about, what your goals are. We’ll also get your details.

You’ll get a link to upload some important documents – to check you can do the apprenticeship you’ve applied for (proof of right to work in the UK, etc.) Don’t worry, it won’t take long.

When we have these, we’ll call on WhatsApp to check your ID.

Next, you’ll get a link to complete your profile. This bit is important – your profile is your opportunity to tell potential employers a bit about you. Your skills. Your passion. Why you want this apprenticeship.

We’ll keep in touch about the apprenticeship job you applied for. If any others come up that we think you’d like, we’ll let you know. If you’re keen, we’ll help you prep and we’ll set up that interview.

If all goes well… you’ll get the job. Then you just need to start planning for your first day. Hey presto.

If you’re applying for a job with one of our larger employers, you might be invited to an assessment day – or they might have other special steps to take. Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the details.

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