Cyber Security Technical Professional

Cyber Security Technical Professional BSc (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Cyber Security Technical Professional - Level 6

Cyber security professionals identify real world tier 1 threats and propose solutions, as cyber security becomes a priority to businesses and organisations, we are developing cyber security professionals to meet sector skills requirements.

Students that want to become competent professionals will understand attacking methods and learn how to protect against them. The course provides skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as strategies to protect them against hackers.

Gain practical experience of setting up a virtual, isolated environment for security and vulnerability testing. Develop the skills to be able to critically evaluate different defence methods and pick the most appropriate one. And importantly the ability to apply defence methods to a given (real-life) scenario whilst applying current ethical and legal awareness.

This discipline combines interest in programming, computer networks and security to develop cyber security professionals of the future.

At our Burnley Campus the degree apprenticeship programme particularly applies to how Cyber security affects SMES.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

A cyber security technical professional operates in business or technology / engineering functions across a range of sectors of the economy including critical national infrastructure (such as energy, transport, water, finance), public and private, large and small. They will normally operate with a considerable degree of autonomy and will lead teams which research, analyse, model, assess and manage cyber security risks; design, develop, justify, manage and operate secure solutions; and detect and respond to incidents. They work in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and ethics.

Job Roles

Cyber Risk Manager; Cyber Risk Analyst; Cyber Research Analyst; Cyber Incident Manager; Cyber Security Engineer; Cyber Security Design Engineer.

Professional qualifications

The course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively improving the security landscape and through the Security and Forensic Research Lab (SAFeR) at our Preston Campus where we undertake real-world research with real-world implications.

The Cyber Security Technical Professional is recognised by the Institute of Information Security Professionals at Associate level.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
DURATION: 36 months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Cyber Security Technical Professional Students must be accepted as an apprentice by an appropriate employer.

Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths before their can start their End-Point Assessment.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • Programming / Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Project Skills
  • Practitioner Portfolio 1

Level 5

  • Advanced Programming
  • The Agile Professional
  • Computer Security
  • Digital Evidence and Incident Response
  • Information Security Management
  • Network Management

Level 6

  • Secure Software and Malware Analysis
  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Penetration Testing
  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Work-Based Project

Expert Academics - You will be taught by staff with a wide variety of industrial and research backgrounds. They have substantial experience of teaching at this level.

The School has researchers working in a range of computing-related areas. Research into Human Computer

Interaction is important, particularly through the Child - Computer Interaction group (CHICI). There is research into data communications and networks, mobile computing, computer security and software engineering, particularly Agile software development.

We have collaborated with Sony, BAE and a variety of UK and overseas universities. Staff industrial experience includes working in the games industry, the defence industry and the telecommunications industry, as software or database developers. The School is involved in consultancy and develops software for clients.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

We have a bespoke computer lab that houses state of the art computing equipment with access to an isolated network which allows sandbox exercises to be setup and run in the lab ad hoc.

We are a Cisco Network Academy and have integrated Cisco training into the course offer. The course also allows apprentices access to undertake Microsoft Vendor Qualifications currently at no extra cost to help further improve their profile while studying at UCLan.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

The Cyber Security End-Point Assessment is integrated into the degree apprenticeship.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BSc (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Cyber Security Technical Professional - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: up to £24,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

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