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The QA Cyber Security practice offers the UK’s broadest and deepest end-to-end curriculum of cyber training programmes, combined with the largest global network of cyber industry partners. Building on our experience in this area, we are about to launch our cyber security Squad-as-a-Service proposition, providing UK organisations with a source of accredited, early-careers tech talent.

We also offer a series of apprenticeships in cyber security from Level 4 up to Level 6. And for more experienced staff, we can provide MSc courses in cybersecurity through our university partnerships.

Our learning is offered across a range of delivery methods, including face-to-face and online instructor-led classroom delivery and our Cloud Academy digital learning platform. We also offer bespoke and private training solutions, customised to specific client needs.

The QA Cyber Security portfolio is aligned with security skills frameworks including NIST and CIISEC. It comprises the following security knowledge areas:

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We build and deliver more cyber programmes than any other UK provider. We have more than 25 specialist cyber instructors who, across a range of national programmes, have educated 17,000+ students in the last four years. Our 80+ cyber courses include more than 20 certified by the National Cyber Security Centre.

Cyber Security at QA

  • 80+ Cyber Security courses, the broadest and deepest end-to-end cyber curriculum
  • 8.4/10 is the average score our learners give to us for our Cyber Security training last year
  • 25+ on-staff cyber instructors with real-world practitioner experience
  • 50+ global cyber industry specialist associate instructors
  • 30+ world-leading network of cyber partners, many with UK preferred relationships offering innovative solutions
  • 20+ National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Certified Training courses
  • 17k Cyber Security learners educated over the last 4 years
  • 50 apprentice achievers in the last 12 months
  • The only UK based training partner awarded ATC of the Year by the EC-Council

QA helps deliver Cyber Security programmes for a range of the UK’s biggest organisations across the private and public sector, including Atos, MoJ, Ministry of Defence, Women in Cyber Programme and the National Cybercrime programme.

Our Cyber Security partners

Learning Paths

Cyber Security learning paths

Want to boost your career in cyber security? Click on the roles below to see QA's learning pathways, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.

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Cloud Security
Cyber Management
Cyber Security Risk
Cyber Tech
DFIR Digital Forensics & Incident Response
Industrial Controls OT
NIST Pathway
Offensive Security
Security Auditor
Secure Coding
Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing

Cyber Security certifications

You can achieve a professional cyber security certification by taking any one of the following courses and passing the associated exams. We have organised them into several categories below for easy navigation.

Offensive Security


NEW: Circadence Project Ares

QA is the only UK Circadence partner and is proud to offer this immersive platform to our clients.

The platform uniquely combines machine learning, single- and multiplayer exercises, and offensive and defensive missions that mirror real-life threat scenarios.

Gamified Platforms

Cyber Security apprenticeship & degree programmes

Our cyber apprenticeship programmes are arming UK organisations with the defenders of the future.

“Being the first female cyber security apprenticeship achiever in the UK is exciting because I'm hoping that, with this result, I can help to inspire more women into a career in tech. I want them to know that you don't always need a strong technical background before starting your career, or have a particular 'personality type' to fit into the industry.”

Stephanie Haynes, UK's first female cyber apprentice
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Scale your Cyber Security capability with the best talent

Cyber Academy Brochure

How do we get the right consultants for the job? We use our Recruit-Train-Deploy model.

We train consultants in DevSecOps, Cyber Security Operations Centres (CSOCs) and IT Operations Centres (ITOCs) so they can work in security monitoring and threat intelligence and detect incidents and concerns.

The Cyber Security 12-week academy programme upskills experienced tech candidates to create cyber tech specialists ready to be deployed and hit the ground running at a client site.

“More than half of all businesses and charities (54%) have a basic technical cyber security skills gap, falling to 18% in public sector organisations. Given the inherent nature of cyber threats to a digital economy, such a capability gap is not sustainable.”

Ipsos MORI 2019 Cyber Skills Survey
Become a consultant Find a specialist QA Cyber Academy brochure

Introducing CyberFirst

CyberFirst is a pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme, helping young people explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the world of cyber security. It covers a broad range of activities including schools development courses, a girls-only competition and comprehensive bursary and apprenticeship schemes. 

The schools development courses, designed and developed by QA in collaboration with the NCSC offer over 2500 free course places to 12-17 year old students annually at universities and colleges across the UK. Each course is designed to give talented young people the technical skills, practical experience and industry exposure they need to start their journey toward cyber-related careers and opportunities, preparing them for a possible role in making Britain the safest place to live and work online.  In 2019 the CyberFirst courses were formally recognised by The Scottish Qualification Authority who credit rated them comparable to GSCE level, against their robust and rigorous educational framework.

“The UK needs to tackle the systemic issues at the heart of the cyber skills shortage...”

National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021, HM Government
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Higher Education

Cyber Security higher education programmes

QA Higher Education partners with Northumbria University to deliver a cyber security masters programme that is designed to give students the specialist skills required to meet the increased demand and continue the fight against cybercrime.

“Cyber security is a never-ending game; it’s about finding something new and working with it. Having a masters degree can help you through all of these challenges in a systematic and methodical way.”

Stephen Sampana, MSc Cyber Security (Part-Time)
Learn more about our HE cyber programmes

Meet our Cyber Practice Director

Richard Beck

Richard Beck

Director of Cyber Security

Richard Beck is Director of Cyber at QA. He works with customers to build effective and successful learning solutions tailored for business needs, helping to solve business problems. Richard has designed and architected numerous enterprise and nationwide cyber programmes for QA customers. Responsible for the QA cyber portfolio, products, proposition and cyber partner community. He has over 15 years' experience in senior Information Security roles.

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