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New course to help students develop in-demand Data Science skills

17th June 2021

Edinburgh College has launched a new Skills Boost for Data Science course which promises to equip attendees with vital Data Science skills which are becoming even more in demand with employers.

Data Science is becoming an essential part of how we all live, learn and work. It is about how we get actions from insights – and now more and more employers are searching for Data Science skills among candidates for jobs.

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 all three areas to be brought together.

The new five-week course provides students with the essential knowledge and analytical skills needed for a Data Science role as well as providing a pathway to further learning within the industry.

The course is fully funded, which means students do not have to apply for funding, and it is open to candidates of all ages and capabilities.

The first Skills Boost for Data Science cohort will begin the course on Monday 28 June 2021, with applications for places open now. 

Upon completion of the five-week course, students will gain a National Progression Award in Data Science – a SCQF level 4 qualification.

Curriculum manager David Hiddleston said “We’re thrilled to be launching this new Data Science course which will see students at beginner level learn and develop the basic skills they need to enter the world of Data Science.

 “The course is open to applicants at any stage of their career journey – those leaving school, or completing an existing college course, and those simply thinking of learning something new, or considering a career change.

“The short programme has been designed to give students a taster of the skills and tasks involved when working with Data Science, and can act as a springboard to a new career or further study within the Data Science arena.”

To find out more, and to apply visit the Edinburgh College website.

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