Main competitions programmes when running (for example, Face-to-Face competitions)

The eligibility rules below must be accepted in order for you to register for, and participate in, any of the Challenge hosted competitions:

Age and Eligibility

Face-to-Face qualifiers: You must be 16 or over to compete in these competitions.  Exceptions may be made for exceptional talent under 16 – this is at the discretion of the organisers. Contestants under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult when attending any physical competitions. If you currently work in the Cyber Security Profession you cannot attend a Face-to-Face Competition or win a Career enabling prize.


We no longer have Nationality requirements though sometimes and depending upon the source of funding for the event, UK nationals may be prioritised when places are allocated. If you are not a UK national please do apply and we will facilitate places where possible.

Media & publicity

If you wish to take part in our competitions, you MUST be open to being photographed and for those images to be used for the purposes of marketing and promotion (both internally and externally of the Challenge). By competing in our competitions you agree that you are happy for at least your first name to be used throughout publicity and if you become a winner you will support the Challenge’s mission by taking part in interviews following your win.


On a case-by-case basis you may not be eligible to compete in any further Face-to-Face competitions if you have competed in Face-to-Face competitions for more than 3 consecutive years, though you may continue to take part in university, school or careers events if you are eligible to attend those.

University Competitions – when running

The material is most likely to be suited to those aged 18 and above.

Schools Competitions – when running

Our schools programme is open to a range of ages, from Year 6 (10/11 years old) upwards. Each event or competition may have its own criteria for entry, so please visit the specific pages of the website for more information.

Cyber Security professionals

If you are currently working in Cyber Security then you can play our university competitions. However, you will not be entitled to participate in any Face-to-Face Competitions.

If you are unsure as to whether your employment counts as working in the cyber profession please get in touch. If you participate and gain a place at a Face-to-Face event and then are found to be already employed in Cyber Security you will be disqualified.

The exception to this is the European Cyber Security Challenge competition and its associated qualifiers, which are open to industry professionals under 25 years of age.

When playing our competitions you must not do anything to contravene any UK Law or do anything to bring Cyber Security Challenge UK or any of its sponsors into ill repute.