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Hi guys, basically i want to get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course. I started off by doing a BTEC level 3 in IT and I got a pass in my first year but didnt make it to second year due to my attendance. I couldnt retake the course as i already achieved a pass so i switched courses to engineering to reroute myself and am currently in my second year of engineering but now i do not know whether i will be able to get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course as i dont know if engineering is a subject related to Cybersecurity and i have done my research and havent gotten anywhere so im asking you guys to answer my question as im stressed out. Can i get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course with a engineering btec extended diploma? and i have looked at the requirements but it does not say anything about engineering. would really appreciate if you could help me out here. thanks
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Original post by HUS20133312
Hi guys, basically i want to get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course. I started off by doing a BTEC level 3 in IT and I got a pass in my first year but didnt make it to second year due to my attendance. I couldnt retake the course as i already achieved a pass so i switched courses to engineering to reroute myself and am currently in my second year of engineering but now i do not know whether i will be able to get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course as i dont know if engineering is a subject related to Cybersecurity and i have done my research and havent gotten anywhere so im asking you guys to answer my question as im stressed out. Can i get into a cybersecurity apprenticeship/university course with a engineering btec extended diploma? and i have looked at the requirements but it does not say anything about engineering. would really appreciate if you could help me out here. thanks


The following gives you the job profile for cyber security:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/cyber-intelligence-officer
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/cyber-security-analyst
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/data-network/job-profile/cyber-intelligence-officer
From the above, apprenticeships don't require specific subjects at BTEC. You also don't need specific subjects for a degree in cybersecurity, not that you need a degree to get in it.

If you want to look through the list of approved cybersecurity degrees, see:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/ncsc-certified-degrees#section_2

For the fully certified undergrad degrees:
https://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/beng-hons-cybersecurity-and-forensics-undergraduate-fulltime - Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English. (You will need to check with the uni to see what they mean by related subject.)
https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/computer-science-for-cyber-security/ - no specific subjects, but GCSE requirements still apply
https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/undergraduate/computer-science/computer-science-information-security/ - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject (with significant programming content) plus at least B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics (you need to contact them to see if you're fine with your first year in computing)
https://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/course/cys-bsc-cyber-security/#entry-requirements - DMM at BTEC (no specific subjects)
https://www.gre.ac.uk/undergraduate-courses/engsci/computer-security-and-forensics-bsc-hons#entry-requirements - 112 UCAS points (no specific subjects) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above
https://warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses-2022-archive/cybersecurity - accept BTECs, but doesn't specify the grades. From A Level and IB requirements, they prefer STEM subjects, which you're fine with. You need to contact the uni to ask for the grades.
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/undergraduate/computer-science-with-cyber-security#tabs495991-link640928 - currently in clearing, so can't tell
https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/undergraduate/computer-science/computer-science-information-security-msci/ - Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject (with significant programming content) plus at least B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics (need to contact them to check whether your circumstances is fine)
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/computer-science-with-cyber-security-degree-meng#entry - BTEC National Extended Diploma if studied alongside A-level mathematics, with typically A* in maths.

For the provisionally certified undergrad degrees:
https://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/ug/computer-science-for-cyber-security-bsc/?att=ft#nav-course-entry - DMM - there are no subject specific requirements.
https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/technologies/courses/Pages/bsc-computer-security-degree.aspx - DMM (no specific subjects)
https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/courses/cyber-security-bsc - 120 UCAS points (no specific subjects)
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-computer-science-cyber-security - DMM-DDM science related subjects: IT, Humanities, Engineering, Software Development, IT Practitioners, Business, Computing, Science (GCSE English C/4 and Mathematics grade B/5. If you have a grade C/4 in mathematics please contact admissions team).
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/undergraduate-courses/cybersecurity/ - 112 UCAS points, Mathematics, Computer Science, or another science/technology based subject at BTEC
https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-computer-security/- BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points). No specific subjects
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate/computing-security-reliability-meng/- BTEC not accepted.

Where possible, I would focus on getting into the fully accredited degrees before the provisionally accredited.

Note: you can always do a postgrad degree after your bachelor's should you wish. These usually accept an undergrad in any subject, but you should check just in case.

Personally, I would do a recognised cybersecurity professional qualification like CompTIA's Cybersecurity+, but that's me. If you want to look at the list of professional cybersecurity qualifications you can google for them, but the following can give you an idea:
https://hackr.io/blog/best-cybersecurity-certification
https://www.forbes.com/advisor/in/education/best-cyber-security-certifications/
https://www.coursera.org/articles/popular-cybersecurity-certifications
https://www.springboard.com/blog/cybersecurity/cybersecurity-certifications/
https://www.forbes.com/advisor/education/best-cyber-security-certifications/
https://www.comptia.org/blog/what-are-the-best-cybersecurity-certifications
https://uk.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/security-certifications
https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10708-information-security-certifications.html

The certifications that come up time and again include:

CEH

CISM

CompTIA

CISSP

CISA

GIAC

As you can tell, a number of these certifications are internationally recognised i.e. you can pretty much work anywhere in the world in cybersecurity with these (the degrees should allow you to do the same), but some certifications are more recognised in the UK than others. e.g. CIEH, CompTIA, CISSP, CISM, CISA
See for example:
https://firebrand.training/uk/blog/10-best-cybersecurity-certifications
https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/what-are-the-best-qualifications-for-a-career-in-cyber-security
https://uk.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/cyber-security-certifications
https://www.pitman-training.com/advice-hub/pitman-blog/best-cybersecurity-courses/

https://entrepreneurhandbook.co.uk/cyber-security-certifications/

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