Cyber First Girls Competition 2020 Overview

A group of female students are photographed holding up their certificates from the Cyber First Girls Competition 2020.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to support girls interested in a career in cyber security.

We’re developing the UK’s next generation of cyber professionals through our student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions.

The competition is aimed at Year 8 girls in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. We made a deliberate shift in age group in 2018 to give as many girls as possible the opportunity to find out more about cyber security with a view to potentially influencing the subjects they take at GCSE (or equivalent).

The content for each category of the competition is consistent with subjects within the Computer Science syllabus from both the National Curriculum and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. However, the competition will contain some advanced cyber topics that are not covered in traditional education but will seek to stretch the lateral thinking and additional cyber knowledge of the teams.


Cyber First at The Leigh UTC


This year we entered three teams of girls from year 8 into the competition. We did not have much time to get ready as the deadline was looming. So a big congratulations to the girls for completing the competition and especially the team that have got through to the semi-final in LORCA (London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on February 8th.

The girls are up against some of the best schools in the southeast, so again well done to them. They are now in practice for the challenge ahead working on their cyber security skills. I have no doubt they will do us proud.