Demand is soaring for teachers who can show computer science know-how.

Did you know only around a third of teachers currently leading Computer Science GCSE courses hold specialist qualifications? This leaves a huge gap in the market for those keen to sharpen their skills and develop their careers. Now you can join a free CyberFirst initiative, led by the NCSC – a part of GCHQ, offering virtual 5-day courses for teachers to learn essential cyber security skills and develop the confidence to pass them on.

Add an essential string to your bow

Calling all secondary school and college teachers.

Maybe you’ve already built your computer science know-how from past courses, perhaps you just have a passing interest in tech, or you are simply someone who likes to drive things forward.

Working with the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and the British Computing Society (BCS), CyberFirst training programmes for teachers is an ideal opportunity to:

  • enrich your career
  • develop your understanding of cyber security
  • make yourself an indispensable part of your secondary school or college’s future.

CyberFirst training courses for teachers

CyberFirst offers a progressive learning path which will help you feel more prepared to tackle a cyber security threat or attack.

CyberFirst Defenders begins by covering the foundations of the digital world. The use of digital devices, networks and data systems are explored in both a home and business context with an emphasis on how to implement effective security measures.

CyberFirst Futures builds on your knowledge as you work as part of diverse teams on real-life challenges to explore threats and attacks.

CyberFirst Advanced is your final step providing an in-depth overview of key areas of cyber security including digital forensics, cryptography, open-source intelligence, and penetration testing.

On successful completion of each of the courses...

  • You will have a solid foundation in cyber-security in order to commence further accelerated training.
  • You will also get an industry-recognised certificate endorsed by CyberFirst and the NCSC – a part of GCHQ. 
  • Perhaps most importantly, you’ll have learned the skills and confidence to transform your interest in securing everyday tech into the ability to share it with others.

Course essentials

Free, interactive, virtual learning taught over 5 days

Delivered using Microsoft Teams and Learn on Demand

1 day a week of 7 hours’ training (9am-4.30pm)

You’ll need a 1Mb minimum internet connection and laptop/desktop

Step up to the challenge

CyberFirst Defenders

This course will see you get hands on with identifying common cyber security threats, learning about the first line of cyber defences and interacting with different networks. Upon completing this course, you will feel ready to teach your students about how to stay secure.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the source and impact of common cyber security threats
  • Define and apply first line cyber defences
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct, configure and secure a home network
  • Take steps to manage and secure personal digital footprints

Defenders course dates

The course runs one day a week over five weeks (five days learning in total). The sessions will be delivered virtually from 9am until 4.30pm.

You will be booked into one of the groups below based on your circumstances and session availability. Courses are running on:

Cohort 1 – 10th, 17th, 27th January 2022 3rd and 10th February 2022

Cohort 2 – 11th, 18th, 28th January 2022 4th and 11th February 2022

CyberFirst Futures

This course will have you exploring the motivations for an attack and, knowing how to avoid the most common forms of attack. You will develop your knowledge on the functions of networks and their vulnerabilities. All of this will be encompassed within the legislation surrounding cybercrime and understanding the profiles of those who may carry out attacks. Upon completing this course, you will feel empowered to share this new knowledge with your students.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explore the motivation for attacks
  • Protect yourself from attempted attacks
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of networks
  • Describe and demonstrate ways to protect a network from being attacked
  • Demonstrate your understanding of how to make resources available and secure

Futures course dates

The course runs one day a week over five weeks (five days learning in total). The sessions will be delivered virtually from 9am until 4.30pm.

You will be booked into one of the groups below based on your circumstances and session availability. Courses are running on:

Cohort 1 – 18th, 19th, 28th, 29th October 2021 and 1st November 2021 - FULLY BOOKED

Cohort 2 – 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th November 2021

CyberFirst Advanced

This course will have you up close and personal with digital forensics, understanding encryption technologies and using open-source intelligence to stay ahead of cyber threats. You will undertake pen testing to understand the basic techniques and gain a deep knowledge of cybercrime recovery.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Implement digital forensics
  • Understand encryption technologies
  • Use open-source intelligence techniques
  • Perform penetration testing

Advanced course dates

The course runs one day a week over five weeks (five days learning in total). The sessions will be delivered virtually from 9am until 4.30pm.

You will be booked into one of the groups below based on your circumstances and session availability. Courses are running on:

Cohort 1 – 6th, 13th, 20th, 25th January 2022 and 1st February 2022

Cohort 2 – 7th, 14th, 21st, 26th January 2022 and 2nd February 2022

Book your place

Get the skills and confidence to transform your interest in securing everyday tech, into the ability to share it with others.

Places for these free courses always fill up fast, so don’t miss out!

Book now