Want to do something that makes a difference this summer?
Are you enthusiastic about technology and interested in exploring and expanding what you know about staying safe online? CyberFirst’s programme of free face-to-face and online summer courses could be just the thing to develop essential skills and bring a fresh purpose to your break.
The CyberFirst Defenders, Futures and Advanced courses are for 14 to 17-year-olds. You’ll learn all kinds of practical insights into digital safety and how everyday technology really works. Course content will be delivered in our usual fun and interesting way, and you’ll get to meet lots of like-minded students.
What is CyberFirst
Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities to help young people explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the fast-paced world of cyber security.
Each course is designed to inspire and encourage students from all backgrounds to explore and consider careers in cyber security, offering young people with potential the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world. For any questions see the For any questions see the CyberFirst FAQ.
YEAR 10 (ENGLAND AND WALES), YEAR 11 (NORTHERN IRELAND) OR S4 (SCOTLAND)
YEAR 11 (ENGLAND AND WALES), YEAR 12 (NORTHERN IRELAND) OR S5 (SCOTLAND)
YEAR 12 (ENGLAND AND WALES), YEAR 13 (NORTHERN IRELAND) OR S6 (SCOTLAND)
We live in a CyberFirst world
Technology touches every part of our daily lives. From gaming and chatting with friends to shopping or seeing a doctor, we’re constantly sharing our personal data. Data that needs protecting. Attacks on the digital infrastructure we rely on have the potential to cause serious disruption and damage. So, stopping them means being smarter, more inquisitive and quicker to adapt. That’s where you come in.
An opportunity to challenge yourself
Through a programme of practical, hands-on learning and teamwork tasks, you’ll learn valuable new skills and develop your understanding of how the systems and software that surround us are connected; how information flows through networks; and how we can take sensible steps to stay safe in our digital world. All alongside like-minded students your own age.
Bringing out every student’s cyber potential
CyberFirst is about using your passion for technology to shape the cyber security community of tomorrow. You don’t have to be a coder or secret software developer – we’re looking for people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Live streamers, Instagrammers, vloggers, gamers – whatever your thing, it’s your enthusiasm we’re interested in.
Grace, CyberFirst bursary student
“Cyber security is a career with a bigger meaning, protecting normal people who can’t defend themselves."Read More
Anwen, 17, from Argyll & Bute
“It helped me to take the plunge and apply to study computer science at uni."Read More
Shayna, 17, from Belfast
"People think cyber can be solitary, but the courses showed me working in a team is a huge part of it!"Read More
Callum, 17, from Motherwell
"Seeing that the course was SQA accredited and run by the NCSC gave me the confidence that it was a brilliant opportunity to take advantage of."Read More
Lydia, 17, from Belfast
"You don't have to be good at coding to get into the industry, there are so many career pathways available."Read More
Ben, 16, from Oswestry
"I learnt a lot about how networks work and how I can transfer the skills that we learnt to improve my home network."Read More