BEng (Hons) Cybersecurity (Graduate Apprenticeship) BEng (Hons)

Study towards a degree in Cybersecurity while in paid, full-time employment


Gain an enhanced knowledge of cybersecurity and develop the skills to adapt to challenging situations across a global computing infrastructure. This Graduate Apprenticeship provides relevant fundamental knowledge related to cybersecurity such as encryption and authentication, and also provides relevant practical examples through lab-based practice,  while emphasising engineering practice.
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Mode of Study:

Day Release, Full-time


4 years

Course details

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    How you’ll be taught

    This programme is delivered over a full calendar year on a day-release basis – weekly in years 1 and 2, monthly in years 3 and 4.
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    Mixture of practical assignments, exams, group projects and work-based learning.
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    Work placement

    You will be a full-time employee for the duration of the programme.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Software Development 1
  • Practical Networks
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Systems
  • Professional Practice 1: Work-Based Project

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Scripting for Cybersecurity and Networks
  • Digital Forensics
  • Web Technologies
  • Professional Practice 2: Work –Based Project

Year 3

  • Networked Systems
  • Network Security and Cryptography
  • Embedded Systems
  • Professional Practice 3: Work-Based Project

Year 4

  • Incident Response and Network Forensics
  • Network Penetration Testing
  • Information Security and Society
  • Honours Project: Work-Based Project


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to apply, you must be resident in Scotland before you start your Graduate Apprenticeship. The premises you work in must also be located in Scotland. As part of your application, you'll have to show that you have the right to live and work in Scotland.

There is no upper age limit. You can apply if you're 16 or over. Some vacancies might be for ages 18 and over, because of health and safety requirements.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

To enter this programme at the start of Year 1 you must have either: 

• A minimum of four SQA Highers at Grade BBBB (or equivalent) including Computing or Maths plus Nat 5 English at C. Nat 5 Maths at C is also required if not taken at Higher. 
• A Foundation Apprenticeship in a related discipline plus suitable academic qualifications. 
• A Modern Apprenticeship in an unrelated discipline

Minimum Year 2

To enter this programme at the start of Year 2 you must have: 

• A Modern Apprenticeship in Cybersecurity.

Recognition of prior learning

If you do not hold any of the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience you may be able to enter this programme at any of the above points. Your application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration your previous study and experience. You will be asked to reflect on your previous experience and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding equivalent to that achieved on successful completion of the above entry requirements. We will provide you with support in your reflective process through interviews and guidance on presenting your evidence.

English language requirements

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding



On completion apprentices can build their career in jobs such as:

    • Cybersecurity Analyst/Engineer
    • Penetration Tester
    • Information Security Consultant
    • Network Architect
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