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CAPSLOCK

CAPSLOCK is a revolutionary educational organisation which delivers career-changing cyber security bootcamps, entirely online. We help adults re-skill, via a curriculum we built in collaboration with some of the UK’s largest cyber employers. We teach you the hands-on skills you need to land a high-paying job in cyber. Oh, and you don’t have to pay any tuition fees until you land a high-paying job.

Most Frequent Questions

CAPSLOCK welcomes applications from all backgrounds. We accept applications from anyone over the age of 18 and there is no upper age limit. We have a diverse  learner group from various different employment backgrounds, age groups and educational levels. CAPSLOCK is for everyone!

We don’t require you to have a specific academic or working background. Cyber security has a huge diversity of available roles, both technical and non-technical.

The most important attributes for cyber security employers are often impact skills. Examples of impact skills include good written and verbal communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. It’s not all about the tech!

CAPSLOCK consider applications from all backgrounds. We’re not aligned with traditional education levels and judge applications on their future potential, not past experience. 

With the right attitude and determination, anybody has the potential to start a career in IT, technology, or cyber security.

Our courses include in-depth pre-course material which will help you get up to speed before you first day of enrolment. 

We do ask for a foundational level of IT literacy, so using things like Microsoft Word, a web browser, etc. 

Absolutely! Having good IT knowledge will definitely be a huge plus for you, but the main value from the course comes from the intense cyber training and the hands-on virtual cyber labs you’ll be doing, so still plenty to learn! And also the course includes 4 cyber certifications, so it’s like an all-in-one package to re-train in cyber, making the transition from IT to cyber nice and efficient.

To enrol at CAPSLOCK, you don’t have to pay up-front tuition fees. Instead, you can finance your tuition using an Income Share Agreement (ISA) or a private student loan.

There is also an option to pay the full course fee of £9,000 up-front.

An ISA, in this situation, is a financial agreement between you and CAPSLOCK.

Instead of paying tuition fees up-front, you agree to share a percentage of your future income for a set period of time once you graduate and land a job. 

So, rather than paying a tuition fee, you simply pay back 15% of your monthly income for 36 months after the course, but only once you are earning over £27,000 a year. ISAs are not classed as personal debt, they always stay affordable, and re-payments are paused if your income drops below £27,000. ​You’ll never pay back more than £18,000, even if you land a job paying big bucks.

ISAs scale with you, so when you’re earnings are lower, your repayments are lower. They’re always affordable. We use ISAs so everyone has the opportunity to get the career-changing education they need, regardless of their financial situation. 

At CAPSLOCK, if you opt for the income share agreement, you agree to pay back 15% of your monthly income for 36 months.

  • Repayments only begin once you’re earning over £27,000
  • You’ll never pay more than £18,000 
  • The ISA will default (be cancelled completely) after 6 years, regardless of if you’ve paid it back or not. 

Representative example;

You enrol at CAPSLOCK, graduate successfully, and land a job paying £30,000.

Your repayments begin once you receive your first pay check.

Given your salary is £30,000, that equates to monthly repayments of approximately £375.

You’ll always make 36 monthly instalments. If you fall below the payment threshold, you won’t repay that month, but your instalment will be pushed back to when it’s more affordable. 

Yes of course. Up-front tuition costs are £9,000. 

We will ask you for your preferred payment option when you complete the initial enrolment form. 

CAPSLOCK courses are delivered entirely online.  We have two schedules available, part-time and full-time. 

Full-time schedule

Classes run from 9:30am – 2:30pm (Monday – Friday).

Full-time courses last for 16 weeks

Part-time (Evenings & weekends)

Classes run from 6pm – 9pm (Monday – Thursday) and Saturday mornings 9:30am – 12:30pm (up to 3 Saturdays of every month).

Part-time courses last 26 weeks.

Expectations 

You are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of all live classes. Just like being ‘on-campus’ attendance is paramount to your success and poor attendance can unfairly affect other learners in your cohort.

You are expected to undertake guided self-study during your enrolment with CAPSLOCK. Class time is for hands-on, applied learning and pre-reading is a pre-requisite of most live classes. 

Unfortunately, no. CAPSLOCK classes are live, interactive, and include group work with your peers. 

Absolutely! If you opt for our income share agreement, we don’t get paid until you’re earning over £27,000. 

CAPSLOCK has been set up to focus on ensuring employment outcomes. We have dedicated career counselling lectures throughout the course and you’ll work with our advisory team on a one-to-one basis. You get this support no matter how you choose to finance your enrolment. 

We have a strong employer network who are keen to interview CAPSLOCK graduates. We also have a large number of senior cyber security professionals who have signed up to CAPSLOCK as willing mentors. They represent over 60 UK cyber employers. 

Not at all. 

Unlike various other training providers we do not guarantee you a job at the end of the course. However, we can guarantee that we will offer you support and expert advice about finding the cyber job that’s right for you.

Our career advisory team will work with you to find the most suitable opportunity for your specific situation.

And remember, if you’re funding your CAPSLOCK journey via an ISA, we don’t get paid until you land a high-paying job, so it’s in our best interest to support you every step of the way.

The average income for an experienced cyber security professional in the UK is £62,500.

Initial salary expectations depend on your previous experience and performance at CAPSLOCK.  

For entry-level roles, which you would be qualified for, you can expect to earn between £27k-£35k. We have seen some individuals, such as veterans, who can earn ~£45k in their first cyber role!

After 1-2 years experience you can expect to see a sharp rise in your income and opportunities. Salaries here average £35k-£45k

Career progression in cyber security is very quick and there are a number of opportunities available.

We’ve designed our course so that you can study on a regular home laptop or desktop. No specialised equipment is needed.

If you would like a little more guidance we recommend the following specifications:

2Ghz+ processor

8Gb+ RAM

256Gb+ SSD storage

Microphone & webcam capabilities

2 or more display monitors would enhance your experience but this is not essential.

We always include professional certifications in our course to increase employability. They sit alongside and compliment our curriculum. We do not build our courses around certifications. Our courses are built around in-depth sector research and leverage advanced educational techniques. 

On the Capslock cyber security course, you will have the chance to obtain; 

  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK, from the Cloud Security Alliance)
  • ISO 27001 Foundation Certificate
  • BCS CISMP (British Computer Society: Certificate in Information Security Management Principles)  
  • CAPSLOCK’s Certified Cyber Security Practitioner (Ce-CSP)

As part of your graduation, you’ll also receive membership with the British Computer Society and the Chartered Institute of Information Security.

These certifications are internationally recognised and widely requested by employers. 

The cost of these certifications is included in your tuition fee or financing arrangement. 

Course & Schedule

CAPSLOCK courses are delivered entirely online.  We have two schedules available, part-time and full-time. 

Full-time schedule

Classes run from 9:30am – 2:30pm (Monday – Friday).

Full-time courses last for 16 weeks

Part-time (Evenings & weekends)

Classes run from 6pm – 9pm (Monday – Thursday) and Saturday mornings 9:30am – 12:30pm (up to 3 Saturdays of every month).

Part-time courses last 26 weeks.

Expectations 

You are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of all live classes. Just like being ‘on-campus’ attendance is paramount to your success and poor attendance can unfairly affect other learners in your cohort.

You are expected to undertake guided self-study during your enrolment with CAPSLOCK. Class time is for hands-on, applied learning and pre-reading is a pre-requisite of most live classes. 

You are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of all live classes. 

However, we know that sometimes life just happens, and all our learners have other commitments outside their studies.

If you need a couple of hours off for a doctor’s appointment, parent’s evening, interview… then of course, that’s fine. The CAPSLOCK team will work with you to ensure you catch up when you can.

We record the mini-lecture part of every class and upload the recordings to the online learning space, which you can view at any time.

Of course, the nature of Team-Based Learning means that you will be working live in a team, so it’s vital to attend as many classes as possible, and try to let your team know ahead of time if you’ll be missing a session.

Yes. We pride ourselves on CAPSLOCK being a diverse and inclusive place to work and learn, and will always ensure that staff and learners are able to observe any religious or cultural events or holidays.

You can liaise with our tutoring team and learner support team to arrange any time off you may need, and to plan when you can catch up with any missed work or assessments.

The next available full-time course starts on the 16th August 2021. The deadline to apply for this cohort is 9th July 2021.

The next available part time course starts on the 31st August 2021. The deadline to apply for this cohort is the 24th July 2021.

Later cohort start dates:

Full-time start dates:
January 2022

Part-time start dates:
February 2022

You can apply now for future cohorts.

The Capslock cyber security course is a 600-hour course. This consists of 360+ hours of live, instructor-led tuition, and 200+ hours of guided self-study.

This self-study commitment will include revisiting the days the course material, pre-class reading, team-based project work, and certification exam preparation. 

CAPSLOCK courses are rigorous and intensive. They’re the quickest and most efficient way to re-skill and start a new career.

Capslock are aligned with a number of relevant industry frameworks. Our cyber security bootcamp is aligned to NCSC, NIST NICE, and the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals (CIISec).  

We have implemented a number of management system frameworks, including ISO 9001, 27001, and 21001. We are in the process of formal accreditation. 

We have been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals and are in the process of attaining NCSC accreditation.

During your time on the full CAPSLOCK course, you will attend over 360 hours of live, instructor-led tuition and have full access to our digital campus and cyber labs. You’ll have access to our Learner Support and Career Success functions whilst being enrolled onto our industry mentoring programme too!
Because the classes are live and interactive, you’ll be required to attend at the scheduled times, just as you would with on-campus classes at a university or college.

We have a digital campus and our classes take place in our online classrooms. The live classes are collaborative, interactive and very hands-on. Outside of class, you’ll undertake supported self study to prepare for the live classes. 

Our curriculum revolves around team-based learning and problem-based learning, meaning you work towards solving real world cyber security problems as part of a team. This simulates a real world working environment. The problems become more complex as you progress through the course. 

You can message your tutors or mentors at anytime outside of class to get support and you’ll get unlimited access to hands-on cyber labs. 

It’s like being ‘on-campus’, but with the convenience of learning from anywhere with Wi-Fi. 

Our learners range from 18-60+, so it’s a diverse peer group that you will study alongside. 

We include professional certifications in our course to increase employability. They sit alongside and compliment our curriculum.  

On the CAPSLOCK cyber security course, you will have the chance to obtain:

  • CAPSLOCK’s Certified Cyber Security Practitioner (Ce-CSP)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK, from the Cloud Security Alliance)
  • ISO 27001 Foundation Certificate
  • BCS CISMP (British Computer Society: Certificate in Information Security Management Principles)  

As part of your graduation, you’ll also receive membership with the British Computer Society and the Chartered Institute of Information Security.

These certifications are internationally recognised and widely requested by employers. 

The cost of these certifications is included in your tuition fee or financing arrangement. 

Income Share Agreements (ISAs) & Tuition Costs

An ISA, in this situation, is a financial agreement between you and CAPSLOCK.

Instead of paying tuition fees up-front, you agree to share a percentage of your future income for a set period of time once you graduate and land a job. 

So, rather than paying a tuition fee, you simply pay back 15% of your monthly income for 36 months after the course, but only once you are earning over £27,000 a year. ISAs are not classed as personal debt, they always stay affordable, and re-payments are paused if your income drops below £27,000. ​You’ll never pay back more than £18,000, even if you land a job paying big bucks.

ISAs scale with you, so when you’re earnings are lower, your repayments are lower. They’re always affordable. We use ISAs so everyone has the opportunity to get the career-changing education they need, regardless of their financial situation. 

We offer a partial refund policy to students who don’t complete the full course.

This refund policy is on a pro-rata basis and is based on the amount of time you have been enrolled at CAPSLOCK. 

ISAs are FCA regulated and protect both you as a consumer, but also us as a service provider. You will sign a learner service agreement before you enrol, which fully outlines the details of your financial agreement and states the service levels we must provide to you as our learner. 

CAPSLOCK partner with an FCA accredited ISA facilitator who handle your ISA account on our behalf. 

The ISA facilitator will be in contact with you during your ISA obligation period to make sure your ISA is held accountable. 

Open banking technology is used to verify income to reduce the administration input needed from our learners. Then we simply collect payments via direct debit.

Repayments begin once you receive your first pay check after graduation, but only when you’re earning over the £27,000 a year.

Repayments stop once you have paid back a total of 36 monthly instalments. If your income drops below the threshold (£27k a year), you will not pay an instalment that month. 

Yes, absolutely. We love it when our learners are able to make a deposit, but it’s not a mandatory requirement. For every £300 you make as a deposit, we’ll reduce the length of your ISA by 1 month. 

Here’s an example;

£1,200 deposit + 
ISA: 15% of future income for 32 months

Through our tuition finance partner, Lendwise, we can offer students a private loan to cover the cost of their tuition.

This loan is unsecured and interest is at an average of 10% APR, dependant on your background.  

The loan can be repaid over 12 – 60 months, depending on your preference. 

Think of car finance. Instead of buying a car, you’re paying for your tuition cost instead. 

Please see our student finance page for more information; 
https://capslock.ac/student-loans

Yes of course. Up-front tuition is £9,000. 

We will ask you for your preferred payment option when you complete the initial enrolment form.

Application Process & Requirements

Step 1 – Register

Our application process begins with registration here: https://enrol.capslock.ac

Step 2 – Apply

After you’ve registered, you’ll then need to complete the full application form. This will appear for you after registering, but the direct link can be found here

Step 3 – Pre-course Work

Once you’ve filled out the application form, you’ll unlock access to our pre-course area. In pre-course, you get access to hands-on labs and free e-learning material.

If you’re application is successful, we’ll make you a conditional offer of enrolment. 

Here, we’ll ask you to complete pre-course, and if you do, your conditional offer will turn into a full offer. 

Pre-course allows you to get up to the required level before starting on the full course. It also gives you a chance to see what cyber is like.

Step 4 – Finalising your enrolment

Lastly, we’ll ask you to sign our student agreement and finalise your tuition finance. 

Then you’ll be sent all the information you need to prepare for your first day at CAPSLOCK!

You can complete your application within 15 minutes.

Pre-course work can be completed in your own time and on average it takes approx. 20 hours. 

Following a successful application and offer to join the course,  paperwork can be completed in around 2-3 days. 

We have worked hard to ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible! 

We judge applications on potential, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn. 

Applicants will also need to have a good level of IT literacy skills, such as being able to navigate and operate a PC easily.

To be eligible to finance your tuition via ISA or student loan, you will need to hold a British passport or provide proof of your right to work and live in the UK (ie, ILR, some VISAs).

Yes. Non-EU students are welcome to apply, but unfortunately financing options would not be available so they would need to pay for their tuition up-front (£9.5k). 

International students will also need to be available for live classes on a GMT schedule and demonstrate a competent level of English, both written and verbal.