Cyber Security Analyst Degree Apprentice


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Who you’ll be working for:

At Oxford Brookes University we pride ourselves in the great experience we offer our staff. You'll be joining a friendly, professional environment where every member of staff is recognised as important to the success of Oxford Brookes University. At Brookes we share a culture guided by the key principles of generosity of spirit, confidence, connectedness and enterprising creativity.

What’s in it for you:

Our apprenticeship programme will be meaningful and challenging work where your ideas will be heard, and you can really make a difference.

This role will help support the Information Security Management team to protect Oxford Brookes’ information assets against cybersecurity threats. As our apprentice you’ll be joining a small, friendly and busy team, who play a pivotal role in our IT department. 

IT Services at Oxford Brookes University is a modern, service-oriented environment that is constantly embracing change. This isn’t a role where you’ll have to ‘’fit in” with existing ways of working. We like creativity and innovation and you can really make an impact and help to shape the agenda. This apprenticeship will give you a great opportunity to earn while you learn with a salary and company benefits.

You will be responsible for:

With primary responsibility for ensuring the security, validity and provision of our systems and services. The postholder, through monitoring, evaluation and in collaboration with the Head of Information Security Management and Network and Security Manager, will undertake cyber security activities within the University and contribute to the management of risks to the University’s IT facilities and information from internal and external threats.

In addition, the post holder will be expected to proactively engage with the Information Security team to identify and mitigate relevant cyber threats, investigate incidents and work with stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of Information Security and ensure continued legal, contractual and regulatory compliance.

You will need the following skills:

  • You’ll also need to be creative and curious, flexible, willing to learn and a real self-starter.
  • You’ll need to be able to work hard, using your own initiative and be driven to make the most of the opportunity. 

Entry requirements:

  • 120 UCAS points through A-levels or equivalent
  • In order to attempt the EPA apprentices must have achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade C – you may still enter the programme but will need to evidence Level 2 Maths and English qualification before starting the gateway and EPA

Non-standard entry requirements

Applicants who can in other ways demonstrate their ability to benefit from the programme, in particular mature students without formal qualifications, will always be considered and will be invited to contact the Programme Leader to discuss their application. The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types – for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.

A good GCSE profile is expected including English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C (or a University recognised equivalent). Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you have achieved a numerical grade then you will be required to achieve a minimum grade 4.

Informal Interviews

Informal interviews will be held where

  • The suitability of a candidate is in doubt and further evidence is sought.
  • The candidate presents an unusual set of qualifications taken or pending, and an appropriate conditional offer needs to be determined.
  • Candidates may need advice on the appropriateness of the programme.

Applicants invited for an informal interview will always be informed of its purpose.

End Point Assessment 

You must be able to evidence level 2 English and Maths before you start your End Point Assessment. You may still be begin the programme without these but must obtain the qualifications in order to begin the EPA.

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme.

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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Working week:

37 hours per week.

Future prospects:

92% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks.

Important information:

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.