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About Capslock

Capslock provides career-changing education around cutting-edge emerging technologies, such as cyber security. We make our educational programmes affordable and accessible to everyone, by using modern student finance arrangements and delivering world-class education entirely online. We make sure our admissions process concentrates on an individual’s future potential, not their past academic background. 

Our programmes focus on employment outcomes. We prepare our enrolled learner’s for the workplace, so they can apply new skills in a real, practical way and ultimately start their tech-based career. We include mentoring programmes and industry-specific certifications to increase the employability of our learners. 

Our curriculum’s will always be at the cutting edge of education methodology, using problem-based learning and other techniques such as team-based learning. 

 

Most Frequent Questions

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

There is an option to pay tuition fees up-front . Tuition pricing starts at £9,500.

An ISA is an agreement between you and an academic institution, in this case, Capslock.

Income share agreements are a direct investment in you. 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. 

ISAs are not classed as a formal form of debt and do not carry interest.

You’ll only begin re-paying your ISA once you land a job which pays over £27,000 and you’ll never pay back more than 2x the up-front tuition fee (£19,000). 

ISAs scale with you, so when you’re earnings are lower, your repayments are lower. They’re always affordable.

At Capslock, if you opt for the income share agreement, you agree to pay back the following;

15% of your monthly income for 36 months

  • Repayments only begin once you’re earning over £27,000
  • You’ll never pay more than 2x the up-front tuition fee (£19,000)

 

Representative example;

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

Your repayments begin once you receive your first paycheck.

Given your salary is £30,000, that equates to £2,500 per month.

This means your monthly repayments = £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. 

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

Full-time schedule

Clases 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 – Friday)

An additional class runs every Saturday 9:30am – 2:30pm

Part-time courses last 26 weeks.

 

Expectations 

You are expected to attend 90% of all live classes. Attendance is paramount to your success and poor attendance can unfairly affect other students 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. 

Not at all. 

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

Absolutely! If you opt for our income share agreement, we don’t get paid until you’re earning over £27,000. If we don’t find you employment, we go out of business…

We do everything in our power to make sure you receive employment within 16 weeks of graduation.

Our employer partnerships and mentor network ensures there are ample opportunities available.

The average salary for a cyber security professional in the UK is £62,500.

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

L1 Roles | £27k-£35k

L2 Roles | £35k-£45k

Career progression in cyber security is very quick. You can expect to see a pay-rise after 6-12  months of successful employment.

We recommend the following minimum specifications;

2Ghz+ processor

8Gb+ RAM

256Gb+ SSD storage

Microphone & webcam capabilities (USB devices OK)

Ideal operating system is Windows 10, MacOS also compatible. 

2 or more display monitors is optimal, but 1 is OK. 

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+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • ISO 27001 Foundation Certificate
  • Certified cyber security practitioner  

These certifications are internationally recognised and widely requested by employers. 

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

Yes of course. Up-front tuition starts at £9,500. 

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

Course & Schedule

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

Full-time schedule

Clases 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 – Friday)

An additional class runs every Saturday 9:30am – 2:30pm

Part-time courses last 26 weeks.

 

Expectations 

You are expected to attend 90% of all live classes. Attendance is paramount to your success and poor attendance can unfairly affect other students 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. 

Please see https://capslock.ac/courses for enrolment dates. 

Capslock consider applications from all backgrounds. We judge you on potential and willingness to learn. 

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. 

The Capslock cyber security course is a 600-hour course. This consists of 400+ hours of live, instructor-led tuition, and 200+ hours of guided self-study.

Although it can vary per student, you should be prepared to work hard and dedicate between 8-12 hours of self-study per week.

This self-study commitment will include the reviewing of 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 academic frameworks. Our cyber security course is aligned to GCHQ, 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 formerly been acknowledged by CIISec and are in the process of attaining GCHQ certification.

Online education has a number of benefits. You can learn from anywhere with Wi-Fi, you don’t need to pay for accommodation, nor do you need to commute to a physical location. 

We’ve designed the Capslock virtual classroom and digital campus to keep you engaged and in constant conversation with your fellow students and instructors. 

The quality of tuition at Capslock is as high, if not higher, than traditional classroom-based education. 

You’ll be using state of the art practical labs to learn hands-on technical skills. You’ll join the Academy Slack community where you can message tutors, mentors, and your student peers. 

Capslock is not a pre-recorded self-paced course. It is a live programme where you’ll be side-by-side with other learners. It’s intensive, rigorous, professional, but ultimately, it’s hugely rewarding.

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+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • ISO 27001 Foundation Certificate
  • Certified cyber security practitioner  

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

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

There is an option to pay tuition fees up-front . Tuition pricing starts at £9,500.

An ISA is an agreement between you and an academic institution, in this case, Capslock.

Income share agreements are a direct investment in you. 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. 

ISAs are not classed as a formal form of debt and do not carry interest.

You’ll only begin re-paying your ISA once you land a job which pays over £27,000 and you’ll never pay back more than 2x the up-front tuition fee (£19,000). 

ISAs scale with you, so when you’re earnings are lower, your repayments are lower. They’re always affordable.

No, not at all. ISA’s are not counted as formal loans.

Through our tuition finance partner, 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

Capslock partner an ISA facilitator to handle your ISA account. 

Our partners are FCA approved and regulated. 

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. 

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

This refund policy is on a pro-rata basis and revolves around the amount of time you have been enrolled at Capslock before pulling out. 

 

Yes of course. Up-front tuition starts at £9,500. 

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

Repayments begin once you receive your first paycheck after graduation, but only when you’re earning over the £27,000 a year (£2,250 per month).

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

Capslock graduates are free to become self-employed or run their own Ltd company. 

Our ISA facilitator will request details of your income and annual accounts to calculate your ISA repayments. 

Application Process & Requirements

 

Step 1

Our application process begins with our Enrol Now form. 

Step 2

If your initial application is successful, you’ll be invited to the Capslock pre-course class. In pre-course, you have the opportunity to learn about Capslock and meet the team here. 

You’ll also have access to over 20 hours of guided self-study material. This material prepares you for the course and introduces you to the course topic, but it’s also an opportunity for you to show us you have what it takes to succeed at Capslock. 

Step 3

We invite stand out applicants to a Zoom meeting with the admissions team and posisbly one of the tutors. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the course and Capslock. We’ll also ask you some questions too, so we can make sure Capslock is the right decision for you. 

Step 4

We’ll send you a provisional offer of enrolment. 

Step 5

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.

The application process can take between 2 weeks – 8 weeks. It is dependant on cohort start dates and your progress in pre-course.

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

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

Only British passport holders who reside in the UK can apply for the income share agreements.

Yes. International students are welcome to apply, but will need to pay for their tuition up-front. 

International students will also need to demonstrate a competent level of English, both written and verbal.