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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.