About the Defence Cyber School

The Defence Cyber School (DCS) is the primary provider of cyber training and education to both joint and single service organisations. Located in Shrivenham, it is part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

With a diverse training portfolio, the Defence Cyber School offers courses on practical networking for junior and senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs) to senior-level strategic cyber awareness masterclasses. It also provides instruction to the Defence Academy’s flagship Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC). 

Students at the Defence Cyber School include civil servants from the MOD and other partners across government, as well as military personnel.  


The Cyber Foundation Pathway

The Cyber Foundation Pathway (CFP), launched as a pilot in 2019, provides a modular route to bring a cyber novice into a position where they can learn the essential elements of their role in a step-by-step approach.

The CFP's modular design is deliberately flexible. Students can complete the whole pathway over a compressed 3 month period, or choose to attend modules at their own pace.

Cyber Foundation Pathway


Defence Cyber School vision

The DCS is a centre of excellence for cyber training: 

  • meeting the needs of defence and its partners
  • addressing all aspects of cyber training and education
  • providing a facility for exercise operations in the cyber domain

Defence Cyber School mission 

The Defence Cyber School trains and educates defence and partners across government to contribute to the development of the UK’s national cyber capability and in line with the National Cyber Security Strategy. 

With facilities to exercise, test and support the cyber resilience of UK systems, the Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy offers opportunities for increased collaboration between government, industry and academia.