Only around a third of teachers currently leading Computer Science GCSE courses hold specialist qualifications – leaving a huge gap in the market for those keen to sharpen their skills and develop their careers.

This CyberFirst initiative is led by the NCSC – a part of GCHQ, and offers a free, virtual 5-day course for teachers to learn essential cyber security skills and develop the confidence to pass them on.

Another string to your bow

Maybe you’ve already built your computer science know-how from past courses. Perhaps you just have a passing interest in tech. Or maybe you’re simply someone who likes to drive things forward.

Working with the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and the British Computing Society (BCS), CyberFirst Futures is an ideal opportunity to develop your understanding of cyber security, enrich your career and make yourself an indispensable part of your secondary school or college’s future.

How does it work?

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

What will I get?

Once you complete the programme you’ll receive:

  • An industry-recognised certificate endorsed by CyberFirst and the NCSC – a part of GCHQ
  • When added to an existing Computer Science Accelerator qualification, CyberFirst Futures will go part of the way to completing the Secondary Computer Science Certificate
  • A £220 per day bursary – which will go towards finding a substitute teacher for the days you are training
  • A complementary pack of branded accessories

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.


What will I learn?

CyberFirst Futures is a practical and interactive course geared towards developing your understanding of how cyber attacks happen, the motivation behind them and what you can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Together we'll

  • Understand common motivations of malicious cyber actors
  • Develop understanding of ways to protect a network from attack
  • Learn about the very real security challenges facing all organisations
  • Discover how personal devices can be secured in different environments
  • Improve your essential knowledge through practical, skills-building activities

How does the programme work?

The sessions will be delivered virtually from 9am till 4.30pm. You’ll be booked into one of the groups below based on your circumstances and session availability. We offer:

Cohort 1 – 15 and 25 November and 2, 9 and 15 December

Cohort 2 – 16 and 26 November and 3, 10 and 16 December