Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is ideal if you’re interested in:

  • Embarking on a Cyber Security career
  • Developing your knowledge and understanding of key Cyber Security concepts and techniques


Cyber Security Technologist is a Level 4 Apprenticeship.


24 months total: 20 months Practical, 4-month EPA.




Firebrand’s Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist (CST) Apprenticeship trains the apprentice to implement a series of work-based technical, procedural, and physical controls to monitor, detect, and respond to a wide range of cyber security threats.

The apprentice is trained in cyber risk, mitigation, and maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital data. Also, apprentices use their skills to feed into policy decisions and create a cyber security awareness culture within the business.

The Firebrand Cyber Security Apprenticeship has 3 distinct pathways:

  • Cyber Security Engineer: designs, develops, and implements security solutions across a network;
  • Cyber Risk Analyst: assesses, analyses, and mitigates cyber-related risk;
  • Cyber Defender and Responder: configures and monitors security systems and responds to incidents and security breaches.

With support from our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Learning Mentors (LMs), and industry-leading Instructors, learners will work across all sectors and security departments, assisting in monitoring and controlling cyber security risks.

Our programme is taught through a blended framework of Residential and Online Classroom learning based on our time-tested Lecture | Lab | Review methodology.

Apprentices also have full access to an e-learning platform that covers all areas of Cyber Security and over 5,000 courses on other relevant business topics.

This excellent standard truly stands out among Cyber Security Apprenticeships, Security Apprenticeships, and Information Security Apprenticeships.


Before attending this accelerated apprenticeship, you should have:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or A-Levels, a Level 3 qualification (Apprenticeship or BTEC in a relatable subject), or relevant experience and/or an aptitude test

STEM subjects would also be beneficial to your application.

You should not have an existing qualification at the same level or higher than this apprenticeship in a similar subject.


  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Python Foundation
  • Network Security
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Operating System Security
  • Cryptography
  • Information Security and Management Frameworks
  • Access Control Systems
  • Security Policies

End Point Assessment

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

The EPA evaluates all the work completed during the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of:

  • a Professional Discussion underpinned by portfolio
  • Scenario Demonstration with questioning
  • a Project Report
  • a Knowledge Test

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.


Upon successful completion of the programme, learners will have the opportunity to achieve the following industry-recognised qualifications:

Next steps

Upon completion of this Level 4 Cyber Security Apprenticeship, learners may progress to integrated apprenticeship degrees such as:

  • Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional
  • Level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional