About this Course

Tech Type Essentials
Duration 19 Months

Programme duration 18 months

Our Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Apprenticeship combines online learning, classroom training and on-the-job experience which will enable you to tackle the challenges posed by this rapidly expanding industry. This apprenticeship is an excellent fit if you are currently in a role in the IT sector and you want to specialise in cyber security or if you are new to the cyber security sector and want to advance your skills.

This apprenticeship gives you a great opportunity to develop and enhance your cyber skills, ensuring you have the technical grounding needed to become a skilled security analyst, security architect, or software tester.

What’s included?

On successful completion of the programme, you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Cyber Security Technologist Level 4
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Cyber Security Introduction
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network and Digital
  • Communications Theory
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Security Case
  • Development and Design Good Practice
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Security Technology Building Blocks
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Employment of Cryptography

Unique to this programme – Cyber Labs

A highlight of your apprenticeship will be QA’s Cyber Labs. This is an experience which immerses you in real life, cyber-attack situations in a purpose-built, controlled, facility uniquely constructed by QA. This hands on practice, held over three days, arms you with the skills to pass your programme whilst giving you an advantage over others who may not have overcome challenges like these before.


The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • A Levels in ICT
  • Or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • Or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • Or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 Credits)
  • You must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn essential cyber security skills including:

  • Understanding ethical hacking and penetration testing
  • Learning cryptography and encryption
  • Using open source intelligence (OSI)
  • Understanding the security standard ISO27001:

This will equip you with knowledge and experience to take on job roles such as Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, Penetration Tester and Cyber Operations Manager.


During the programme you’ll be required to spend 20% of your time at work on off-the-job learning.

Our programme helps you easily fit your learning around your day job with access to our online learning platform – learning can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device so you get high-quality content on the go.

You will complete:

  1. Ten knowledge modules teaching advanced security theory and its practical application, through a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops – including QA’s Cyber Lab.
  2. A work-based portfolio showcasing how you’ve demonstrated the skills you’ve learnt in real work projects.
  3. A synoptic project where you will take a business and technical brief in order to build a finished product.
  4. An end-point assessment interview carried out by BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT – to assess whether you have successfully met the learning requirements of the programme.

The modules included in this programme are:

  • Module 1: Open Source Intelligence
  • Module 2: CompTIA Network+
  • Module 3: CompTIA Security+
  • Module 4: BCS Cyber Security Introduction
  • Module 5: BCS Network and Digital Communications Theory
  • Module 6: BCS Employment of Cryptography
  • Module 7: ISO27001 Foundation
  • Module 8: Building a Security Case
  • Module 9: EC-Council Ethical Hacking and Cyber Forensics Associate
  • Module 10: Capture the Flag Cyber Workshop

For more information download the handout

NOTE: this programme is available in England. Cyber labs in London only. If you are based in Scotland follow this link www.qa.com/QAACSL68S (Cyber Security SCQF 6 & 8 Apprenticeship Programme)

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19 Months

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

Find dates and prices

Online booking is currently not available for this course, to find out more please call us on 0113 220 7150 or email us at info@qa.com to discuss how we can help.

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