The UK’s first Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in cybersecurity has been launched by Cybersecurity Challenge UK.
The qualification is open to anyone, whether they are a current student or not, and is worth 70 UCAS points - the equivalent of an AS level. It is hoped that it will help to reduce the UK’s digital skills gap. The EPQ is the first cybersecurity qualification to be offered below university level.
Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “The launch of this qualification marks a significant point in the maturation of the cyber security industry. The subject is becoming increasingly important and for it to be officially recognised at this level paves the way for individuals to consider a career in the sector much earlier on.”
Daman claims the qualification can easily be added to school or college students’ timetable, or can be studied remotely for those no longer in the education system. It is hoped that the targeting younger students will help to create a cyber security job pipeline, something which is important for the future of British digital industries.
Daman added: “You don’t need to be a maths genius or ‘computer geek’ to find a role; cyber security encompasses such a wide range of areas – from risk management to biometrics to behaviour analytics. We therefore need to attract an equally wide range of students from all walks of life, to fill these jobs.”