Degree Apprenticeship Undergraduate: BSc (Hons) Data Science Data Scientist

Introduction

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.

Course highlights

  • Delivered in partnership with Cambridge Spark, specialists in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
  • Includes a hackathon-style bootcamp simulating the role of a data scientist in a real environment
  • Study 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.

Key facts

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.


Assessment

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.

An academic and industry partnership

Developed with Cambridge Spark

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.

What our apprentices say

Creating a world-class data science apprenticeship

A joint apprenticeship scheme co-developed between ARU, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press is equipping people with the skills they need to work in the fast-growing field of data science.

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Careers

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.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course, with a confirmed, assigned Clinical Designated Facilitator
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Initial Needs Assessment Form
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in 5 subjects including Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • Evidence of at least 96 UCAS Tariff points at Level 3 including at least one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subject e.g. A Levels (or equivalent)**
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by ARU.

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