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Degree apprenticeships: they’re a thing and they’re in cyber

Joining the profession

08:00 Monday, 06 September 2021

Uk Cyber Security Council

In June 2021 the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced that it had formally certified its first two “degree apprenticeships” in cyber security: the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security at Edinburgh Napier University; and the University of the West of England’s Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security.

Degree apprenticeships are a relatively new concept, having been introduced by the UK Government in 2015. As the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) puts it: “Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer”. The motivation is to graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree but with a level of real-world hands-on experience that is simply not available to students on a conventional degree programme.

Along with the two new degree apprenticeships the NCSC has certified one Bachelor’s degree programme (another Edinburgh Napier course) along with 32 Master’s degrees; various programmes at both Bachelor’s and Master’s level have received provisional certification.

The NCSC’s full list of certified programmes is on its web site.