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
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 the scheme must meet the minimum criteria, outlined on the job description, and opt into the scheme as part of the application form. When applying to the bursary, our selection processes are the same for everyone.
Through the use of positive action we do not seek to remove competition, rather allow everyone the same level of opportunity to apply. The final selection is always made on the merit of the application and we would love to hear from people from all backgrounds.
Our Application Steps
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. Please note that the degree apprenticeship is not open for applications in 2023. See the degree apprenticeship page for more details.
We’re accepting applications for the university bursary from September to November 2023. As you complete our online application, confirm your name, nationality, where you live, your age, academic qualifications and expected grades. You can also say more about yourself in your own words. And you can save your application and come back to it, if you need to.
Next, once you’re successfully completed your application for the university bursary, you’ll be sent a link with an invitation to take part in our online exercise. We’ll test 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. Use the code: CyberFirst_Trial_2023 when you register.
Then, you’ll be invited to the virtual assessment centre for the university bursary between January and February 2024.
This comprises 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!
If you do well in your assessment for the university bursary, we’ll give you a conditional offer at the end of February 2024. This will be dependent on passing security clearance and gaining the required grades in your exams, if you haven’t already.
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).
Vetting helps us check we can trust you with sensitive data. The questionnaire will explore your character and your personal circumstances.
For roles that need higher security clearance, we’ll check your records to make sure you’re eligible to work in a secure organisation.
For roles that need higher security clearance, you’ll have an in-depth vetting interview, answering personal questions around all aspects of your life.
Congratulations! If you’ve passed security clearance and achieved the required grades, we’ll confirm your offer and start date for the university bursary (in September 2024). Please note that the process of vetting for the degree apprenticeship can take up to nine months.