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This is a Higher apprenticeship only

Our Cyber Security apprenticeship begins at a Higher level, this means that in order to begin your cyber career you must first meet our eligibility criteria below.

If you are not yet eligible, don’t worry, you can first complete an Advanced apprenticeship from either one of our Advanced to Higher apprenticeship programmes below, after which you can then progress onto a Higher apprenticeship in Cyber Security. 

We teach skills that matter

What will you learn

Our Cyber Security Higher apprenticeship combines high-quality classroom training with qualifications, skills and technical grounding to develop your real world skills in information security.

Our digital brochure will tell you everything you need to know about this programme – from the different modules you will study to details on the end-point assessments.

What qualifications will I get?

In England

  • Higher Apprenticeship Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 (equivalent to first year of degree study)

In Scotland

  • SQA SCQF 6 Diploma in Information Security (equivalent to working at Advanced Higher/HNC level)
  • SQA SCQF 8 Diploma in Information Security (equivalent to second year of degree study)

Is this programme for you?

This is a tough programme and so if you haven’t studied IT before then you may want to consider our Advanced to Higher IT Systems and Networking or our Advanced to Higher Software and Web Development apprenticeships first, after which you can progress onto a Higher apprenticeship in Cyber Security.


Are you eligible?

To qualify for this programme you need to have:

  • Experience studying or working in IT
  • An interest in IT and cyber security
  • Live in England? You will need at least two A-level qualifications (C and above) including ICT/Business/Computing, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in a similar subject, or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)
  • Live in Scotland? You will need 5 Standard Grades (Level 1 - 3) OR 5 National Level 5 Grades – both qualifications must include Maths and English (Grades A to C)

Why study with QA?

We think we are the best in the business. Lots of people agree with us.


Find out why

When can you start?

As soon as you want. Find out more about the different apprenticeship levels and what an apprenticeship could mean for you.

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Still not sure?

Why not have a look at some of our open vacancies for this programme to see if any of them pique your interest. 

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Need extra support?

We want you to get the most out of your time at QA, so our friendly Learner Services team is here to help - whether it's with learning, career advice, finances or your more complex issues.

You can contact the Learner Services team on or call on 01753 898482.

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