Enhance your understanding of data science and develop the skills to make a real impact in your workplace with our Data Science Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honours degree in data science while you work, with no tuition fees.
This course will develop your skills and expertise to interrogate data, systems and methodologies and prepare you for an exciting career as a data scientist or data engineer. This course is ideal if you've got a passion for computing and data and want to use your skills and knowledge to unlock insights, improve organisational processes and inform decision making.
Data Science, in particular coupled with Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, promises to provide the tools for enhanced technologies, business models and decision making across a large number of fields, from industrial automation, manufacturing, transport, banking, cyber security to health and social care.
You’ll acquire the fundamental knowledge and concepts of computer science relevant to data science, incorporating the theory, principles and operation of the underlying technologies and methodologies, which you will apply to real world problems.
The BSc (Hons) Data Science will be delivered in partnership with Cambridge Spark, a leading training provider that specialises in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be delivered through online University-led learning sessions and activities, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.
The Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship is delivered in a blended format combining teaching weeks on our Cambridge campus, together with online resources.
The course is taught in partnership with Cambridge Spark, a leading provider of continuous professional development training for developers and data scientists.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the final on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship is co-designed and co-delivered with Cambridge Spark, specialists in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. Cambridge Spark’s mission is to develop data science and AI skills to meet current and future business needs, from data literacy to advanced machine learning.
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Data has fast become one of the world’s most valuable resources, and the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025 there will be 463 exabytes of data created globally every day.
Britain is facing “an explosive demand” for data science skills with data scientists and data engineers tripling over the past five years, rising 231% according to the report, “Dynamics of data science skills.” On average, salaries for these roles are £64,376, up 22% over the same period.
86% of data leaders report difficulty in hiring talent in the sector and half believe that skills shortages pose the greatest challenge to delivering value within their organisation.
Employers have highlighted the importance of data science and its potential to revolutionise many industries creating significant employment opportunities for data analysts, machine learning specialists and data specialists.
In this growing industry with countless new jobs arising, our Data Science BSc is an ideal foundation to a rewarding career in this exciting field.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
We are pleased to offer advanced entry into year 2 of this programme for applicants who have successfully completed the L4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship with Cambridge Spark.
Degree Apprenticeships are delivered via a blend of face-to-face campus teaching, work-based learning and online teaching supported by our established online learning systems to provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The mix of this blended approach varies between apprenticeships; please get in touch for further details. In the event that there are restrictions put into place due to the pandemic by the Government, we will endeavour to retain face-to-face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.
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