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Data Science with Data Security (Access Data)

Access Data and Edinburgh College have launched a Data Science with Data Security 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.

The course starts on 30th August 2022.

What will be covered?
  • Working with data using MS Excel (advanced).
  • SQA National Progression Award in Data Science at SCQF level 5 or 6.

The learning materials can be accessed through Moodle, Edinburgh College’s virtual learning environment at: will open in a new window). You should be able to sign in with your Edinburgh College student number once the course has started. The college also provides all students with access to Office 365 – you can sign into Microsoft Office, Email and Teams at with your Edinburgh College email address.

The course will be entirely online with no live virtual class meetings. You will be provided with video tutorials, online study materials, learner forums and a dedicated lecturer providing feedback on submitted activities using an ePortfolio system. The course is studied over 16 weeks with no more than ten hours of studying per week. The planned end date of the course is 24th January 2023.There are no formal entry requirements but Access Data eligibility criteria apply. 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.

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 or 07809 555 709 for further information.

Complete the application form below 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

30th August 2022


Flexible online learning

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