Access Data and Edinburgh College have launched NPA Data Science level 5 course to help attendees to gain vital skills that are currently increasingly in demand with employers. The course provides a broader introduction to Data Science, focusing on data analysis and data security knowledge and skills. This includes the legal and ethical considerations, as well as the practical methods to protect personal and corporate data.
The field of Data Science combines digital and data skills, specific knowledge about a particular topic or subject area, and numeracy skills to extract insights and knowledge from data. The ability to identify the problem to solve, the correct data to use, carry out the analysis and then implement the outcome requires the three abovementioned areas to be brought together.
Data Science is becoming an essential part of how we live, learn and work. It is all about how we turn those insights extracted from data into actions. Many people are keen to learn more and understand this topic, and more and more employers are seeking applicants with experience of Data Science. Using the knowledge and skills from this short course will help you to develop in your current or future job role.
To apply, candidates (or professionals on their behalf) should fill out the provided online application form (link below). The applications stage will be followed by short interviews to further assess course suitability.
Participants should have experience of using MS Excel on a basic to pre-intermediate level (e.g. for data input, creating simple graphs and charts, making calculations, or using simple formulas). Introductory-level knowledge about data and related terminology is also required. In case of doubts as to whether the course level is appropriate, this will be assessed by a short theoretical test.
Our tutors are dedicated to making the course as accessible as possible for students whose first language is not English. However, all participants should be comfortable studying in English with no additional language support. No formal certification is required but language skills will be assessed during the course interviews.
Access Data eligibility criteria apply.
Online flexible learning. Upcoming dates: w/c 29 January 2024-w/c 24 June 2024.
Aims to equip participants with digital and data skills essential for life, education and work.
Delivered online with no in-person classes. Optional online live classes. You will be provided with video tutorials, online study materials, learner forums and a dedicated lecturer providing feedback on submitted activities using Moodle.