Choosing your career is a big decision, but don’t worry. If you like cyber security, you have options and opportunities at every stage in your education.
There’s a route in whether you have GCSEs, A Levels, a Degree, or all of the above. Just choose the best option for you:
If you are 16+ with 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent qualifications, you could earn-while-you-learn through a cyber security or broader IT Apprenticeship.
If you are 18+ with 2+ A Levels at grades A*-C or equivalent qualifications, you can kick-start your career through a Higher Apprenticeship, or a Degree Apprenticeship where you combine university life with practical experience at leading employers.
If you are 21+ with a Degree or Higher Apprenticeship…you can move directly to applying for a well-paid and rewarding cyber security job.
Having a Computer Science GCSE and/or A level can be an advantage when seeking a career in cyber security, but is not essential. There are lots of jobs that do not require either. If you want further advice ask your school or college, or look at some of the information sources on our website and check out our partners advice too!
Once you’ve got the basics, or decided you want to move across there are also numerous of other qualifications that you can get! The key with cyber security is continuous learning and improvement, so you’ll most likely always be looking for what your next certification will be.