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The university bursary has now closed for applications.

Cyber security protects everything. From your money to your whereabouts. It keeps your calls and voice notes private. But that’s not all. It also keeps technology and communications secure in hospitals, airports, banks and more.

And the job opportunities are incredible. It's great if you are into coding or computer science, however if you are not you can still have an amazing career in a technical or non-technical role. The potential salary is great, too.

Our university bursary will help you get started in the cyber world – a growing community of all genders, cultures, backgrounds and experiences – united by one important mission: to protect the UK.

What is CyberFirst

CyberFirst is a government outreach and education programme run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC); part of GCHQ. Together with our government and industry partners, we’re training the next generation of cyber security specialists.

Let’s bust some myths

You have to be a coder to apply.

False! We ask for an aptitude for tech and the will to learn, but you don’t have to know how to code. If you’re a beginner, why not start with the NCSC’s cyber glossary?

Only hackers work in cyber security.

False! From project managers to legal experts to technical writers, cyber security is home to all kinds of vital non-technical roles.

Cyber security is essential to day‑to‑day life in the UK.

True! Whether it’s protecting flight paths, securing bank accounts, or preventing power outages, cyber security protects every aspect of modern life.

Cyber security is a recent fad; not a stable career path.

False! The more we rely on tech, the more we need cyber security. It’s a sector growing fast – where cyber skills are in high demand.

Cyber Security is an inclusive Industry.

True! We are an inclusive network of employers who value diversity in all forms therefore we welcome people of any ethnicity, gender identities, sexuality, neurodiversity.

My interpersonal skills will matter in cyber security.

True! Your interpersonal skills will be vital here. If you can take a tricky concept and make it simple, or talk easily to all kinds of people, you’ll do well.

I could work with all kinds of businesses through CyberFirst.

True! We’re a government scheme but we partner with a range of government and industry organisations – from Deloitte to BT; IBM to the Bank of England – so you’re starting a career with huge potential.

It’s difficult to apply for CyberFirst.

False! Because we’re a government scheme, there are a few more steps – like security clearance – but we’ll support you and make it a straightforward process.