Are you a student in the UK aged 13-18?
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."
Previous Cyber Discovery Student
"This entire programme has helped me immensely, not only as a hobbyist struggling with the vast range of concepts in cyber security but as a student trying to find a community to fit into."
Previous Cyber Discovery Student
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 the UK aged 13-18.
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.
Alongside the other programme stages, you can battle against your peers in ‘Capture the Flag’ competitions in CyberStart Compete.
The programme continues every year and you continue where you left off until you exceed the age limit.
You can register for Cyber Discovery from now until the end of CyberStart Assess. Once registered, you’ll take part in:
3rd September 2019 – 25th October 2019
Put your problem-solving skills to the test with a range of fun, interactive challenges where you’ll try out cracking codes and solving tricky problems.
5th November 2019 – 1st May 2020
Excel in CyberStart Assess to take on the role of a security agent in CyberStart Game and learn to crack codes, find security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails.
16th December 2019 – 1st May 2020
Show us your skills in CyberStart Game to get access to hundreds of hours of content. Train your brain to think like an expert with interactive labs, videos, exams, and quizzes.
Top-performing students will be invited to exciting face-to-face residential camps to meet industry experts and take part in top-class training.