Course details

Course length

Minimum of 4 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Delivery of the apprenticeship will be over the whole calendar year by day release for autumn and spring semesters, whilst summer delivery will be online.

Course description

There is a critical shortage of cyber security and forensics expertise in the British workforce. You could help to plug that gap with a Cyber Security Analyst Degree Apprenticeship – gaining valuable, practical experience to set you apart from the competition.

Studying for a Cyber Security Analyst Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Derby provides access to Gold-rated teaching, exceptional specialist facilities and a practical course designed to promote capability and competence within the cyber security field.

We’ve invested over £12 million in industry-focused laboratories, including those dedicated and isolated cyber security and computer forensic labs. Apprentices will benefit from on-the-job practical training and degree-level academic learning, including a significant online element. An online portal enables employers to track apprentice progress, including assessment and monitoring data.

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Who is this course for?

Our apprenticeship programme is designed for companies that have an IT infrastructure to protect. It is suitable for those working with secure computer systems – from initial risk and vulnerability analysis, through the design and implementation of secure systems, to the ongoing management of the system including penetration testing and response to a security breaches. It will also benefit those who currently develop communications and security protocols.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

The apprenticeship runs over a minimum of four to four and a half years and incorporates a part-time day release honours degree (other study modes negotiable) with on-campus teaching at the University and online delivery through University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

All apprenticeships include two induction modules, one at Level 4 - Working and Learning: Higher Education in the Workplace (Engineering and Technology) and one at Level 6 – Working and Learning: Developing Learning Agility (Engineering and Technology).


Benefits to Employers

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications of at least 120 UCAS points or above at A-level or equivalent, to include five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English.

Individual employers will also set their own selection criteria and typical entry requirements and we will work with them concerning entry.

Direct entry at Level 5 (if allowed) will depend on achieving recognition of prior learning equivalent to Level 4 of the degree.

This apprenticeship includes a degree in:

BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (Cyber Security Analyst)

To apply for this apprenticeship you must currently be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Your employer must cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Fees and funding

Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £27,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.

How to apply

For more information call 0800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500