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Supporting young people into a future in cyber security

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Are you in, or entering, the senior phase of secondary school in Edinburgh or the East of Scotland?

Are you considering, or would you consider, a career in cyber security?

Would you like:

  • fully funded educational support in National 5 Maths

  • support and coaching from inspirational leaders in the cyber security field

  • fast-track entry to a range of digital courses at Edinburgh College or West Lothian College

  • subsequent advanced entry into Napier University’s B(Eng) Hons Cyber Security degree course.


With the incredible generosity and support of i-confidential, we are providing enhanced educational support for six young people in National 5 Maths, with a series of engagements with inspirational role models in the cyber security industry.  Scholars who complete the programme (gaining a D or above) in their N5 Maths exam will automatically be offered a place on a relevant course at Edinburgh College or West Lothian College, creating the opportunity for advanced entry onto associated degree courses at Edinburgh Napier University 


i-confidential is so pleased to be partnering with Saturday School Ltd to launch the i-confidential Cyber Security Scholarship.  The scholarship is borne out of our belief, that as a company, we need to make a tangible difference to encourage young people to consider cyber security as a potential future pathway.


The focus of this scholarship is to offer young people from under-represented groups and underserved communities a fast track into cyber security study and careers; a major growth sector in Scotland that offers highly lucrative and successful career pathways for young people in Scotland. 


Cyber security is a fast-growing global industry with incredible career opportunities.  With average UK salaries at over £55k and more experienced positions earning upwards of £70k, the potential and rewards for new entrants to this industry are huge.   

The scholarship programme will support scholars to gain their National 5 Maths qualification which is an essential qualification to study cyber security in colleges and universities and move into careers in the sector.  It will also connect scholars with a group of key figures and inspirational role models in the cyber security sector.  These figures will all share their knowledge and expertise via a series of cyber security-themed engagements.  


Young people taking part in the i-confidential Cyber Security Scholarship can expect:


  • Attendance at all six Weekly Lessons in National 5 Maths at Napier University Sighthill Campus, Saturday mornings Feb to Apr 2024

  • Attendance at both Grade Booster Days in National 5 Maths, during the Easter break in 2024

  • Unlimited online support via Google Classroom from Saturday School’s fully qualified maths teachers

  • A series of engagements and activities with a group of inspirational role models from the cyber security sector, including senior leaders in companies, college and university staff, and award-winning cyber security individuals

  • Fast-track entry to a range of digital courses at Edinburgh College or West Lothian College

  • Subsequent advanced entry into Napier University’s B(Eng) Hons Cyber Security degree course or other relevant courses.


We look forward to receiving applications, selecting our scholars, and getting to work with our inaugural group for 2024.


Louise Beattie

Chief Operating Officer, i-confidential

Application Information

By completing an application, you are accepting all of the following terms and conditions:

  1. Scholarships are awarded by a judging team at Saturday School and i-confidential and their decision is final

  2. Applicants must provide personal data which will be securely stored by Saturday School Ltd and may be shared with i-confidential 

  3. Successful applicant data will be stored for up to 12 months after the scholarship is complete, applicants not chosen for the scholarship will have their data deleted immediately

  4. Applicants must provide the email address for a suitable staff member in their school (likely to be a teacher) who will be asked to provide a reference on the suitability of the applicant for this programme; applicants must have the advance permission of this person to share their email address with us

  5. The parent/carer of the applicant will provide a supporting statement in the application

  6. Applications can not progress without a teacher reference and a supporting statement from the parent/carer

  7. Successful applicants will commit to attending all face-to-face classes in N5 Maths at Napier University, Sighthill Campus, from February to April 2024

  8. Successful applicants will share their current and predicted working grades in Maths

  9. Successful applicants will provide their final SQA exam grades in N5 Maths in August 2024 and permit their school to share this result with Saturday School Ltd

  10. Successful applicants will take part in short surveys to evaluate the impact of the scholarship

  11. Successful applicants consent to in-class photography and its use to promote and celebrate the scholarship programme

  12. Applicants accept that completing the application process in no way guarantees their selection for the programme


Before applying you should visit the following web pages:


Then watch these two videos on young people who have an interest in cyber security:


Apply now 

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