Back to main menu
Back to main menu
Life in the Civil Service
Back to main menu

Find opportunities that work for you...

Share your feedback, help us improve this site

Woman with binary code background

Government Security
Cyber degree apprenticeship
(Level 6)

A 4 year scheme, with a permanent contract, in locations right across the UK where you could earn £28,050 in London or £24,327 Nationally.

Our Level 6 Cyber apprenticeship scheme offers you the opportunity to work in a number of different departments across government developing your technical cyber skills over the course of 4 years and gaining a Cyber Security Technical Professional (Integrated Degree) on completion.

After 2 years on the scheme, there will be an advancement opportunity with an associated pay rise, that will expand your deepening expertise.

coding graphic

Responsibilities you could have

  • identifying security risks
  • responding to security incidents
  • providing security risk advice guidance and support
  • applying security assurance processes
  • supporting the security monitoring regime
  • designing and developing automated monitoring processes
  • carrying out digital forensics
  • delivering cryptography and encryption
padlock security graphic

“Cyber Security is one of the biggest emerging threats that we face and I plan to have a long lasting career in this sector. This apprenticeship gave me the amazing opportunity to apply the skills from my previous employment and gain a degree, which I had thought was no longer an option for me.”

Cyber Security Apprentice

Show more

To be eligible to apply for this Level 6 apprenticeship you must:

  • be a UK National
  • hold a current United Kingdom (UK) Passport, and NI number
  • not be in full-time education by October of the year of your application
  • have 120 UCAS points, with an interest or experience in IT/Computing. If you are unsure if your qualifications are suitable please use the below calculator on the UCAS Website before submitting an application –
  • NOT already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same or higher level than this apprenticeship

This page will be updated when applications open. The application process is broken up into several stages;

  1. Application – You’ll be asked to complete some background information.
  2. Online Tests – This consists of the Civil Service Verbal, Numerical and Reasonable Judgement tests.
  3. Full Application – If you pass the online tests, you will be asked to complete the full application.
  4. Assessment centre – If you pass the online assessments, you’ll be invited to undertake a virtual assessment centre. The assessment centre will reflect some of the key elements of the apprenticeship role.

If you are applying to both The Government Security Cyber Apprenticeship (Level 4) and the Government Security Cyber Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) you will only be assessed once. The Government Security Cyber Degree Apprenticeship assessment centre will contain additional assessments.

You’ll have a unique opportunity to join Government Security and start your career in Cyber managing risk and having a direct impact on the safety of the UK and its citizens. As well as great roles, working with experts and access to specialist L&D, you will also have the best opportunity to gain the skills and experience that will enable you to become a technical cyber  specialist within the UK Civil Service.

On completion, you will gain a Cyber Security Technical Professional (Integrated Degree). Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more. This is your chance to learn while you earn and to be involved in some of the most innovative government projects in the world, helping to make a difference. Every day the government is bombarded by attempts to steal, disrupt or destroy the resources in our care. Some incidents are significant enough to make it into the day’s news: most are less newsworthy but no less consequential.   

With these ever-changing challenges, comes a whole world of opportunities – to grow and develop as a security professional, throw yourself into countless experiences and enjoy a truly fulfilling career.  Here you’ll find every challenge and every opportunity.


This page will be updated when applications for the 2024 intake for the Government Security Level 4 Cyber apprenticeship open.

Cyber talent schemes

We currently offer two other cyber talent schemes. You can find out more information here.

Success Profiles

Our application process will be composed of success profiles which you can learn more about here.