Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship (9660)

Last Updated: 06 Jul 2023

Product code 9660

LARS number 98

Documents for the on-programme qualifications can now be found on the 3660 webpage.

The level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship is designed for apprentices looking for a career in specific technical and risk analyst roles. Cyber Security Technologist apprentices will show excellent skills and understanding in identifying and responding to cyber threats, hazards and risks to protect organisations’ IT systems, as well as the behaviours to deliver strong product and service competence.

Typical roles include Cyber Operations Manager, Security Architect, Penetration Tester, Security Analyst, Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Forensics & Incident Response Analyst, Security Engineer, Information Security Auditor, Information Security Officer.

There are two pathways within the Cyber Security Technologist standard:

Technologist: whose focus is on the technical side work involving areas such as security design and architecture, security testing, investigations and response.
Risk analyst: whose focus is on the risk analysis side work involving areas such as operations, risk, governance and compliance.

Our resources for our Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeships will give you the guidance you need to support apprentices through their on-programme learning, build their confidence and competence to ensure a quality learning experience in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).

Our high-quality, rigorous EPA can be delivered at a convenient time for your apprentice. As part of our EPA service we provide a suite of guidance documents and preparation tools to get your apprentices ready for EPA.

We provide a Virtual Assessment Service (VAS) for organisations that wish to reduce their resource cost and maximise the EPA opportunities for their apprentices. This service is available to those who book the EPA using VAS for their apprentices. Specific projects have been developed to be used with the VAS.  These can be downloaded from the Documents section as normal, along with guidance on how to use the virtual platforms offered.  Apprentices will need to obtain or create a login for the platform to be used before undertaking the relevant Synoptic Project that has been developed for the VAS.

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City & Guilds has designed innovative and flexible delivery content that will equip apprentices with the competence and confidence to perform their best in assessment. Including;

Mandatory qualifications: On-programme for this apprenticeship is a period of learning, development and assessment structured using the relevant mandatory qualifications from the City & Guilds Cyber Security Knowledge Qualifications suite (3660)

Sample knowledge tests: We provide sample of the on-programme knowledge tests to use with apprentices for formative assessment. The pack includes the question paper and answers that are similar in size and requirements to the live papers.

Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard. Our support package, e-Functional Skills is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment, through to meeting the requirements for this standard.

End-point assessment

EPA product code:
9660-12 Cyber Security Technologist End Point Assessment (without Virtual Assessment Service)
9660-13 Cyber Security Technologist End-point Assessment (with Virtual Assessment Service)

As one of the biggest EPAOs in England, we pride ourselves on our first rate customer service. Our EPA team is on hand to support you every step of the way, guiding you through gateway and ensuring your apprentice has all the tools they need to prepare for the assessment. Our assessment and grading is standardised and all our assessors have industry experience and receive on-going training, so you can trust that we will deliver a fair and robust assessment.

Assessment requirements for this standard are:

  • Employer reference
  • Summative portfolio
  • Synoptic project
  • Interview

For further guidance, please refer to our end-point assessment pack. This provides more detail behind the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the standard and the range of content within the standard. The EPA pack includes detailed guidance on grading criteria and suggestions for evidence the apprentice will need to produce for knowledge, skills and behaviours. You’ll find this under the ‘documents’ tab in the ‘End-point assessment EPA’ section.

EPA Pro: A market leading EPA booking system to successfully manage your apprentices’ full journey with end-point assessment.  Find out more here.

EPA Support: City & Guilds have extensive support for you and your apprentices with our technical advisors on hand to navigate you through the on-programme and provide hints and tips for successful end-point assessment.

Experienced IEPAs: We have highly skilled and experienced Assessors who will do their utmost to ensure you have meaningful and enjoyable EPA.

EPA preparation and gateway guidance for this standard:
Upon registration for EPA, you will have access to a range of support material for the Digital Industries Apprenticeships to help prepare for end-point assessment.

Recording forms: supporting you to complete key stages of EPA readiness, we have prepared forms to give you peace of mind and confidence that everything is covered.  These packs include a gateway declaration form that is needed during the booking process and assessment forms, if required, that apprentices might need during assessment.

LIEPA reports: Our lead independent end assessors (LIEPAs) produce an annual report with insight into the EPA results and findings across all centres. These reports can help you refine your apprenticeship delivery to improve success rates.

Apprenticeship certification
As well as receiving their Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) apprenticeship certificate, the apprentice will receive a City & Guilds statement of achievement for end-point assessment.

We are issuing digital credentials to learners who have completed this qualification. Please add your learners’ email address during registration. A digital credential cannot be issued without the learner’s email address.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment. You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library.

To use our quality-assured on-programme materials or end-point assessment service there are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need:

1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.)

2. Get in touch with  Our team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.

3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form