Who is this course for?

Individuals who would like to embark on a career in Cyber Security and/or develop their knowledge and understanding of key concepts and information security, risk management, and cyber security concepts and techniques.


Cyber Security Technician is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.


16 months total: 13 months practical, 3-month EPA.




Firebrand’s Level 3 Cyber Security Technician (CST) Apprenticeship trains the apprentice to implement a series of technical, procedural and physical controls to monitor, detect and respond to a wide range of cyber security threats and maintain business continuity.

The apprentice will learn about cyber risk and mitigation with a focus on maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital data. They will use their skills and experiences to feed into policy decisions of a cyber security awareness culture within the business.

The apprentice will receive a thorough understanding of current and future technologies, threat analysis techniques and controls used to mitigate or remediate cyber security risks.

Through our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), specialist Learning Mentors (LMs) and industry-leading Instructors, our programme prepares learners to work across all sectors and security departments, assisting in the effective monitoring and controlling of cyber security risks.

Firebrand’s programme is taught through a blended framework of Residential and Online Classroom learning based on our Lecture, Lab, Review methodology. Your apprentice will be supplemented with support from our SMEs, get full access to an e-learning platform that covers all areas of cyber security, as well as over 5,000 courses on other relevant topics to business.


Before attending this accelerated apprenticeship, you should have:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs in addition to 2 A-Levels or Level 3 equivalent (apprenticeship or BTEC in a relatable subject)

STEM subjects would also be beneficial to your application.


  • Foundations of technical, procedural and physical security
  • Data protection
  • Risk management
  • Threat detection and analysis
  • Cyber Security concepts
  • Employment of cryptography
  • Legal, regulatory and ethical responsibility

End Point Assessment

All Apprenticeships end with the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is completed by a third party, the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).

The EPA evaluates all the work completed through the duration of the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 3 Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of:

  • a Scenario Demonstration with questioning
  • a Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio
  • a Knowledge Test of evidence

The apprentice will only enter the EPA Gateway once the employer is content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. In making this decision, the in-work mentor may take advice from Firebrand, but the decision must ultimately be made by them.

EPAO determines when all other Gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only commence once the EPAO has confirmed this.

The EPA assessment period in Gateway can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.

For more information, check out our EPA Fact Sheet.


On successful completion of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

Next steps

Upon completion of the Level 3 Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship, progression routes include:

  • Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist
  • Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Integrated Degree)
  • Level 6 Cyber security technical professional (Integrated Degree)