What's Data Science like?

Data scientists help businesses make decisions or solve problems. With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science, you’ll prepare for a career in a fast-paced sector.

You might use:

  • algorithms
  • data mining
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • statistical tools

You’d then present your results to help make predictions or find solutions to problems.​​​​

We've worked with colleges, universities and industry employers to create this qualification. You'll gain the skills and knowledge the industry expects from a graduate - and earn yourself a degree.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Data Science.

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

A Graduate Apprenticeship is much more than getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain a range of useful experience and skills such as:

  • understanding an organisation’s data strategy and why it's important
  • sourcing, collecting and integrating data
  • techniques such as machine learning, data mining and forecasting
  • research methods and statistical techniques, such as hypothesis testing
  • the principles and advantages of machine learning
  • specialist data analytical tools and how they're used
  • how data science can improve an organisation’s processes and outputs
  • communicating meaning from data
  • how data science operates within data governance and security
  • project management methods

Course content

The key content areas in the Data Science: SCQF Level 10 Graduate Apprenticeship are:

  • Data management
  • Data analytics
  • Statistical techniques
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Data engineering
  • Business insights through data science
  • Data protection and ethics
  • Data science professional skills and behaviours

Developing skills

Your Graduate Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • working with others
  • time management
  • being adaptable
  • leading teams

These skills are crucial for your future life and career as they help you to:

  • cope and excel during change
  • solve problems
  • collaborate with others

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in roles such as:

  • data scientist
  • data engineer
  • data analyst
  • data architect
  • machine learning engineer
  • data insight analyst

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.

Each vacancy advert tells you what qualifications you need to start the apprenticeship. Or you can contact the university for guidance on entry requirements.


This is a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree level) and will take up to 4 years to complete.

You might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because you might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. This means you don’t have to repeat some parts of the qualification.

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