Are you a student in England or Scotland aged between 14-18?
Cyber security is an umbrella term covering many varied and interesting areas of expertise. It can seem daunting but Cyber Discovery is a unique programme designed to introduce you to the field, highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving them.
Whether you know a bit about coding, have heard of Linux, or you've never even considered a career to do with computers, you can have a go at Cyber Discovery; no prior experience is required. The programme offers support to gradually build your knowledge and guide you through unfamiliar concepts.
Free and accessible online material means that you can get to grips with Cyber Discovery outside of lessons and work through it in your own time.
Team work, persistence and determination are all key within the world of cyber security; as well as receiving support through the programme, we also encourage you to work together on challenges, and make the most of each other's strengths and skills.
"The overall programme was eye-opening for me. I explored in-depth how easily cyber criminals can gain access to your data and the techniques they use, and I learned valuable skills that go way beyond GCSE and A-Level."
Student from first intake.
The first phase of the programme is designed to identify problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and to spark enthusiasm for the subject, no matter what your interests are. So what are you waiting for? Have a go today!
The programme in a nutshell
Cyber Discovery is a government funded programme for students in England and Scotland aged 14-18.
Entry is free and you can participate as an individual or as part of a Cyber Discovery club
, which are run by Club Leaders
who are typically teachers and parents.
It has four stages, listed below. You start by registering for Cyber Discovery and then participating in a fun online assessment called CyberStart Assess.
The programme continues every year and you continue where you left off until you exceed the age limit.
Key stages and dates
Registration and CyberStart Assess
Registration for Cyber Discovery opens for the year two intake, along with your chance to complete CyberStart Assess.
6 November 2018 – 7 January 2019
For those who score highly enough in Assess, and also for those from previous intakes who got this far, you get access to CyberStart Game.
15 January 2019 – 18 March 2019
If you got through to Game in any intake you'll get access to a new and expanded CyberStart Essentials.
5 March 2019 – 29 April 2019
We'll be picking the very best students to attend CyberStart Elite, our in-person camps.