How to apply

You’re keen to join our CyberFirst world and we want to support you. Here, you’ll find out all about our application steps, our vetting process, and all our top tips to help you prepare

Applications for the Degree Apprenticeship and Bursary have now closed.

Supporting everyone’s success

As a Disability Confident employer, we ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI). To secure an interview for this role, candidates applying under this scheme must meet the minimum criteria, outlined on the Job Description.

Making Adjustments

We try to accommodate whatever reasonable adjustment you need, and here’s just some of what we offer. If you don’t see what you need, just let us know.

During Assessment

  • Extra time at assessment centres
  • Hard-copy print outs (with tailored fonts and coloured paper)
  • Braille versions of our materials
  • Speech-to-text enabled laptops
  • A reader for any tests
  • A scribe to write for you
  • A sign language interpreter
  • Virtual or in-person interviews

After you join

  • Assistive software
  • Digital pens
  • Screen readers
  • Braille keyboards
  • Desk adjustments

Our Application Steps

Click on the numbers below to find out more about each stage of our assessment process.
Check your eligibility

Our Find your programme section on the homepage will help you work out which programmes you’re eligible for. Fun fact: if you’re eligible for both programmes, you’re welcome to apply for both.

Fill in the online application form

In our online application, you’ll confirm your name, nationality, where you live, your age, academic qualifications and expected grades. It’s also your opportunity to say more about yourself in your own words. It takes a bit of time to complete but you can save it and come back to it if you need to.

Complete the online assessment

Next, you’ll be invited to take part in an online assessment, testing your aptitude your interest and what you might know already. It sounds daunting but previous applicants have really enjoyed this part of the application process. Our top tip is to try these practice exercises.

Attend the assessment centre

You will be invited to an assessment which will comprise of an interview and a short exercise. We try and make it as relaxed as possible so we get to see the real you. Good luck!

Receive a conditional offer

If you do well in your assessment, we’ll give you a conditional offer, meaning you’ll join us if you pass security clearance and gain the required grades in your exams, if you haven’t already.

Vetting begins

You’ll find more on why we need vetting in the next section, but for now, please note that bursary students will only need Security Check vetting (point 7) while apprentices, who’ll be based on site at GCHQ, will need Developed Vetting (points 7-9).

Fill in the online vetting questionnaire

Vetting helps us check we can trust you with sensitive data. The questionnaire will explore your character and your personal circumstances.

Criminal record checks [Certain roles only]

For roles that need higher security clearance, we’ll check your records to make sure you’re eligible to work in a secure organisation.

Vetting interview [Certain roles only]

For roles that need higher security clearance, you’ll have an in-depth vetting interview, answering personal questions around all aspects of your life.

Offer and start date

Congratulations! If you’ve passed security clearance, and you have achieved the required grades, we’ll confirm your offer and your start date. Please note that the process of vetting can take up to nine months.

Vetting: The Key Facts

Vetting: The Key Facts

In order to be accepted onto the bursary scheme you will be required to meet Security Check (SC) clearance requirements and for the apprenticeship you will be required to meet Developed Vetting (DV) clearance requirements.

Further details on both these clearance levels can be found here

Throughout the process, the vetting team is committed to treating all candidates with respect, regardless of your ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.