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I’m about to start studying a T level in digital support at college which covers subject like cyber security, fixing computers, networking and virus and stuff. I’ve decided I want to become a cyber security specialist when I’m older.

All I now need to decide is my future, I like to know what I’m doing ahead. To be a top cyber security specialist I know I will need to start at the bottom and rise up, if I pass with flying colours in college do you recommend going to uni to do a cyber security course so I can get higher jobs or do I not need a uni degree to be able to get the highest working and paid cyber security jobs?

Is it going to be worth 3 or 4 years uni and like 30k of student debt to rise to the top or do I not need it. Thanks
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I’m about to start studying a T level in digital support at college which covers subject like cyber security, fixing computers, networking and virus and stuff. I’ve decided I want to become a cyber security specialist when I’m older.

All I now need to decide is my future, I like to know what I’m doing ahead. To be a top cyber security specialist I know I will need to start at the bottom and rise up, if I pass with flying colours in college do you recommend going to uni to do a cyber security course so I can get higher jobs or do I not need a uni degree to be able to get the highest working and paid cyber security jobs?

Is it going to be worth 3 or 4 years uni and like 30k of student debt to rise to the top or do I not need it. Thanks
You are going to need a degree in a related field along with professional certifications in order to become a cybersecurity specialist. I say this as someone who has a best friend working in the industry earning £50k at 23 years old. Provided that you are going to a good university with a strong cybersecurity focus, have an active Github, and earn professional certifications, you can be making top money at a young age. However, you absolutely need the foundations in computer science in order to be taken seriously. Consider RHUL. I'm not unbiased (alumni, in fact), but they actually have an Information Security and run a CDT in Information Security department with global renown.
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You are going to need a degree in a related field along with professional certifications in order to become a cybersecurity specialist. I say this as someone who has a best friend working in the industry earning £50k at 23 years old. Provided that you are going to a good university with a strong cybersecurity focus, have an active Github, and earn professional certifications, you can be making top money at a young age. However, you absolutely need the foundations in computer science in order to be taken seriously. Consider RHUL. I'm not unbiased (alumni, in fact), but they actually have an Information Security and run a CDT in Information Security with global renown.
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Yes, it's 100% worth it if you make a good university choice. Computer Science degrees are not made equal.
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You are going to need a degree in a related field along with professional certifications in order to become a cybersecurity specialist. I say this as someone who has a best friend working in the industry earning £50k at 23 years old. Provided that you are going to a good university with a strong cybersecurity focus, have an active Github, and earn professional certifications, you can be making top money at a young age. However, you absolutely need the foundations in computer science in order to be taken seriously. Consider RHUL. I'm not unbiased (alumni, in fact), but they actually have an Information Security and run a CDT in Information Security department with global renown.
Sorry I’m a little confused, what’s a GitHub and if I need foundations in computer science to be taken seriously is this t level in digital support what I need as I’ve been told that I can go on to get further qualifications with it, and what is RHUL sorry for all the questions but I’m a bit confused and want to make sure I’m going down the right route.

What did your friend do to get where he is at just 23 and be earning 50k
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Yes, it's 100% worth it if you make a good university choice. Computer Science degrees are not made equal.
As I responded to the other comment, I’m a little confused so sorry for the questions. What do you mean by comouter science degrees are not made equal? Is this T level in studying at college be enough to get me into a uni course for cyber security? And are there any specific uni you recommend for cyber security, thanks!
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As I responded to the other comment, I’m a little confused so sorry for the questions. What do you mean by comouter science degrees are not made equal? Is this T level in studying at college be enough to get me into a uni course for cyber security? And are there any specific uni you recommend for cyber security, thanks!
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/...rees#section_3
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What degree do I need do you know?
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What degree do I need do you know?
As this list shows, the only fully certified degrees in Cyber Security are at Royal Holloway and Edinburgh Napier. Royal Holloway is a great university for the subject - it's where I went and where my friends in cybersecurity went.
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Sorry I’m a little confused, what’s a GitHub and if I need foundations in computer science to be taken seriously is this t level in digital support what I need as I’ve been told that I can go on to get further qualifications with it, and what is RHUL sorry for all the questions but I’m a bit confused and want to make sure I’m going down the right route.

What did your friend do to get where he is at just 23 and be earning 50k
BSc Computer Science (1st Class) from RHUL, about 4 professional certifications in Cybersecurity, I forget which ones, and 2 years job experience.
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Sorry I’m a little confused, what’s a GitHub and if I need foundations in computer science to be taken seriously is this t level in digital support what I need as I’ve been told that I can go on to get further qualifications with it, and what is RHUL sorry for all the questions but I’m a bit confused and want to make sure I’m going down the right route.

What did your friend do to get where he is at just 23 and be earning 50k
A T-Level in Digital Support, while useful, is no comparison to the content of an undergraduate degree. You need to understand computer networking inside and out, programming in high-level and assembly languages, algorithms and data structures, how to use and create databases, APIs, and that's before you really even begin applying this to the content of Information Security. There is a reason why it is a highly paid field. There is a lot of knowledge needed and a lot of hard work ahead of you if you want this career.
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A T-Level in Digital Support, while useful, is no comparison to the content of an undergraduate degree. You need to understand computer networking inside and out, programming in high-level and assembly languages, algorithms and data structures, how to use and create databases, APIs, and that's before you really even begin applying this to the content of Information Security. There is a reason why it is a highly paid field. There is a lot of knowledge needed and a lot of hard work ahead of you if you want this career.
Ok thank you lots for the help, I think I’m understanding and I realise that it is going to be a lot of work and I’m going to have to work my socks off to get where I want, from what your saying I’m understanding that this T level in taking at college won’t get me into say Royal Holloway uni to do there computer science information security course and that I need to be looking at an actual computer science course in college to give a better option?
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Ok thank you lots for the help, I think I’m understanding and I realise that it is going to be a lot of work and I’m going to have to work my socks off to get where I want, from what your saying I’m understanding that this T level in taking at college won’t get me into say Royal Holloway uni to do there computer science information security course and that I need to be looking at an actual computer science course in college to give a better option?
I think the problem you will have at the moment is that T levels are so new that nobody really knows how they will pan out as far as university is concerned. They should in theory be accepted by universities in place of A levels but some unis have already said they won’t accept them but I would expect there to be some that will. Most likely those that accept BTECs.

As long as you get a distinction or distinction* I would imagine you should get in somewhere. T levels are worth UCAS points and some unis make offers on the basis of UCAS points. Plymouth for example offer a Cyber Security degree and the offer is based on UCAS points.

I see no reason why this should not get you onto the degree course you want. You might find once next term starts, unis may start updating their websites to say whether they accept T levels or not.
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As this list shows, the only fully certified degrees in Cyber Security are at Royal Holloway and Edinburgh Napier. Royal Holloway is a great university for the subject - it's where I went and where my friends in cybersecurity went.
to be fair, anything on that list is good. Being fully certified only means that all all years have progressed through the course, while the others are still the same level of qualified, its just they haven't been around as long
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