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Level 3 Digital Industries – Cyber Security Apprenticeship

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

Apprenticeship standards are employer-led, meaning that employers can specify exactly what’s required from an apprentice in each specific role. Apprenticeship standards outline the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out a certain job role, which are delivered and carried out both in the workplace, through teaching & learning and independent learning.

All the skills, knowledge and behaviours must be met for the apprentice to achieve their Apprenticeship. Some of these standards involve additional qualifications that must be completed in order for the apprentice to achieve the knowledge elements in full.

Role profile

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide first line cyber security support. This requires individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary and to support secure and uninterrupted business operations of an organisation through the implementation of cyber security mechanisms and the application of cyber security procedures and controls. To contribute to the delivery of a security culture across an organisation, understanding vulnerabilities and threats and supporting the development of an organisation’s cyber security maturity. To apply procedures and controls to maintain security and control of an organisation, and process security requests ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information stored digitally.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting a cyber security function (frequently a Security Operations Centre or Network Operations Centre) working under supervision. The employee will be conducting specific cyber security tasks to defined procedures and standards.

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Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements, but this will typically include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above. Apprentices wit...

Course information

18 months (this does not include EPA period)

Skills, knowledge and behaviours are assessed by competencies being displayed in the workplace, observations, employer feedback, assessor progress reviews, evidence collating and the employer enabling the apprentice’s job role to fulfil the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

On programme assessment will include various coaching and mentoring assessment methods. These assessments are deigned to review the apprentice’s behaviour, knowledge and skills against set gateway criteria. In addition the apprentice, employer and college are required to maintain an off the job training log evidencing new skills and knowledge being learnt over the duration of the apprenticeship. The final grading of the apprenticeship will be carried out through an End Point Assessment.

Can lead onto a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist.

The potential to secure employment working in the Cyber Security industry as an access control administrator, cyber security administrator, junior information security analyst, junior security operations centre and junior threat and risk analyst. This standard also aligns with the following professional recognition: BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT for Associate BCS membership (AMBCS) and Professional, Registration for IT Technicians (RITTech) for Chartered Institute for Information Security for / Accredited Affiliate.