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Introduction to Data Science with Access Data

Access Data and Edinburgh College have launched an Introduction to Data Science course to help to equip attendees with vital skills that are becoming increasingly in demand with employers, in education, and as a part of our everyday lives.

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 essential to 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.

What will be covered?
  • Working with data using MS Excel
  • SQA National Progression Award in Data Science at SCQF level 4

The course is studied over 16 weeks. For the first 10 weeks – starting 29th August 2022 – the course will be delivered in person in Access to Industry’s Cowgate Community College (156 Cowgate, EH1 1RP), on Mondays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. After week 10, the course will be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams.

Prior to the course start all participants will be asked to register for the Access to Industry Access Data programme, which will give them access to a dedicated Access Data caseworker to help with any issues they may face in or out of the course. Access to Industry can provide Day Saver tickets to all students commuting to the course using Lothian Buses.

Access Data is for those living in Edinburgh who are unemployed or on a low income, want to move into education, training or employment that is related to IT or Data, and belong to at least one of the following groups:

  • have a disability or learning difficulty,
  • are a woman,
  • are an Armed Forces veteran,
  • are from a minority ethnic background,
  • have parental responsibilities.

There are no formal entry requirements but Access Data eligibility criteria apply. 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 an interview. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact Magda Gucman at 07809 555 709 for further information.

Complete the enclosed application form and return it to or call Magda Gucman on 07809 555 709 to apply by phone. Successful applicants will be invited to interviews. As a part of our interview process, we will support applicants in filling out an online application form provided by Edinburgh College.

Start date

29th August 2022


156 Cowgate EH1 1RP Edinburgh

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