FdSc Data and Analytical Science

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Gain in-demand technical and analysis skills and prepare for a career in a fast-moving field by studying for our Data and Analytical Science FdSc in Peterborough.

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Data science, especially when paired with artificial intelligence, promises to provide the tools to enhance technology, business models, and decision-making across a range of sectors, from industrial automation, manufacturing, transport, banking, and cybersecurity to health, human resource management, and social care.

Data scientists are in demand, with almost all industries keen to take advantage of the insights that data analysis and machine learning can offer. Our FdSc (foundation) Data and Analytical Science degree is a great way to get ready for a career in this ever-growing and popular area.

As a student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use applied mathematics, statistics, and computing to explore and analyse complex datasets – and to solve practical, real-world problems.

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Specialist labs and equipment

As a Data and Analytical Science student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use:

  • specialist AI labs for all your practical sessions
  • industry-standard software and tools, accessible through computers in our labs and from home, using a virtual remote desktop.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


There’s a significant skills gap in data science – both in the UK and overseas – and strong interest in employing data scientists and machine learning experts in almost all industries.

As a Data and Analytical Science graduate, you’ll have essential technical skills, and experience of addressing realistic data-science challenges through live briefs, coursework, and projects.

You’ll also have key transferable skills, such as team working, research and investigation, preparing documentation, giving presentations, and reporting on progress.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge and skills they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they can offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through live briefs, work-based projects, and placements.

Our free Employability Service will help you take practical steps to follow your chosen career path, secure jobs, and work experience, or even start your own business.

Our foundation degree also offers a progression route (with 50% or higher overall grade) to our BSc (Hons) Data and Analytical Science. 195 credits will be awarded on progression.

Graduate Capitals

To help you stand out when competing for a job after you graduate, we've developed the ARU Graduate Capitals. This is a set of six attributes, valued by employers and industry, that we integrate into our courses and help you develop, so you’ll have life-long career-skills.

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