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Data Analyst

Course Code: AP4

Level: 4
Subject area: University-level
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

The primary role of a Data Analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data. They work across a variety of projects, providing technical data solutions to a range of stakeholders/customers issues. They document and report the results of data analysis activities making recommendations to improve business performance. They have a good understanding of data structures, database systems and procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a range of different types of analyses.

What you'll learn

Be able to undertake the following in line with organisational procedures and under supervision:

• identify, collect and migrate data to/from a range of internal and external systems
• manipulate and link different data sets as required
• interpret and apply the organisations data and information security standards, policies and procedures to data management activities
• collect and compile data from different sources
• perform database queries across multiple tables to extract data for analysis
• perform routine statistical analyses and ad-hoc queries
• use a range of analytical techniques such as data mining, time series forecasting and modelling techniques to identify and predict trends and patterns in data
• assist production of performance dashboards and reports
• assist with data quality checking and cleansing
• apply the tools and techniques for data analysis, data visualisation and presentation
• assist with the production of a range of ad-hoc and standard data analysis reports
• summarise and present the results of data analysis to a range of stakeholders making recommendations
• works with the organisation’s data architecture
• the range of data protection and legal issues
• the data life cycle
• the different types of data, including open and public data, administrative data, and research data
• the differences between structured and unstructured data
• the fundamentals of data structures, database system design, implementation and maintenance
• the importance of the domain context for data analytics
• the quality issues that can arise with data and how to avoid and/or resolve these
• the importance of clearly defining customer requirements for data analysis
• the processes and tools used for data integration
• the steps involved in carrying out routine data analysis tasks
• how to use and apply industry standard tools and methods for data analysis.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include five GCSEs and/or A levels; a Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test.


Level 2 English and maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment. Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course, either in marketing, business or IT disciplines.  This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

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