Best route into a Cyber Security career?

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Hey people,

I'm fascinated by cyber security and would really like to get into it as a career. Currently I've just started my first year on a Level 3 IT extended diploma, depending on how well I do I would like to go to university after. Would this be the best route? I've seen some other ways to get into a junior role such as comptia security+ but I think employers would value a degree over that.

Just some additional information as well I did a Level 3 1 year IT service desk apprenticeship last year. Thanks for any replies
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Hey people,

I'm fascinated by cyber security and would really like to get into it as a career. Currently I've just started my first year on a Level 3 IT extended diploma, depending on how well I do I would like to go to university after. Would this be the best route? I've seen some other ways to get into a junior role such as comptia security+ but I think employers would value a degree over that.

Just some additional information as well I did a Level 3 1 year IT service desk apprenticeship last year. Thanks for any replies
Do one of the 2 GCHQ accredited degrees.

Either:

Royal Holloway, University of London - BSc Computer Science (Information Security) - D*DD-DDD (BTEC Extended, IT)

or

University of Warwick - BSc Cyber Security - D*D*D (BTEC Extended, IT)
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Do one of the 2 GCHQ accredited degrees.

Either:

Royal Holloway, University of London - BSc Computer Science (Information Security) - D*DD-DDD (BTEC Extended, IT)

or

University of Warwick - BSc Cyber Security - D*D*D (BTEC Extended, IT)
Thank you very much I was looking at Warwick but I didn't understand the entry requirements. Looks like I'm going to have to work hard in order to get those results
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Thank you very much I was looking at Warwick but I didn't understand the entry requirements. Looks like I'm going to have to work hard in order to get those results
No problem at all, I have PM'd you some more info btw
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GCHQ have a Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship going right now in their vacancies. Can't imagine a better employer to learn with in the UK...

Otherwise, consider their Cyberfirst student bursary/development scheme.

Honestly speaking, uni is good for some things, I would rather sink 3 years working for the BBC/BT or something on a higher apprenticeship and end up with a solid wage, a qualification and a breadth of legitimate working experience using what you learn - not sat ******* off in lectures listening to an OUT OF TOUCH lecturer drone on. (my friends experience of cyber security at uni)

Look into the degree-level Cyber Security apprenticeships, definitely not to be overlooked. Don't tunnel vision on uni. You will get the best of both worlds doing a CS apprenticeship with one of the big employers.
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GCHQ have a Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship going right now in their vacancies. Can't imagine a better employer to learn with in the UK...

Otherwise, consider their Cyberfirst student bursary/development scheme.

Honestly speaking, uni is good for some things, I would rather sink 3 years working for the BBC/BT or something on a higher apprenticeship and end up with a solid wage, a qualification and a breadth of legitimate working experience using what you learn - not sat ******* off in lectures listening to an OUT OF TOUCH lecturer drone on. (my friends experience of cyber security at uni)

Look into the degree-level Cyber Security apprenticeships, definitely not to be overlooked. Don't tunnel vision on uni. You will get the best of both worlds doing a CS apprenticeship with one of the big employers.
Depends where you study

Most Cyber Security degrees are next to useless. But there are extremely good ones which would be superior to doing an apprenticeship.

For example, the few GCHQ accredited undergraduate degrees at: Warwick, Royal Holloway, Imperial and Southampton.
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