CyberFirst Summer Courses

CyberFirst summer courses are moving online

NCSC's advert promoting cyberfirst summer courses going virtual

Applications for the National Cyber Security Centre’s hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses are now open. The courses, usually held all across the UK, are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14–17 year-olds develop key cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.

  • Fun and interactive, instructor-led sessions in virtual classrooms
  • 2 weeks FREE structured learning in either morning or afternoon sessions
  • Dates available from June - August
  • Live guest speakers from industry and government
  • SQA and NCSC Certified content

“Every year the buzz and excitement of students who take part in these CyberFirst events is fantastic to experience. The delivery by the Cyberfirst team and their engagement with the students is unlike your traditional classroom setting. Learning new cyber skills in such a short space of time from industry experts is unique and invaluable to those in attendance. I've no doubt as the classes move to a virtual setting they will prove to be every bit as successful and enjoyable for those taking part”

Joe Dolan - Head of NI Cyber Security Centre

The summer programme has more than 1000 places and three courses to choose from.

Each student course is designed to seek out young people with potential, offering the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world.

CyberFirst Defenders for 14-15 year-olds

Introduces students on how to build and protect small networks and personal devices.

Courses available

  • 3rd August - 14th August
  • 17th August - 28th August

CyberFirst Futures for 15 to 16 year-olds

Allows students to explore advanced cybersecurity threats to devices, apps and
software, then discover ways to prevent them.

Courses available

  • 20th July - 31st July
  • 3rd August - 14th August

CyberFirst Advanced for 16 to 17 year-olds

Designed for students already studying computer science, who will hone the skills and
behaviours they need to enter the cybersecurity or computing workplace.

Courses available

  • 8th June - 19th June
  • 22nd June - 3rd July
  • 6th July - 17th July

Further Information

Visit the official Cyberfirst website