Data Analyst SCQF 8 (Digital Technology)

Apprenticeship Programme (Scotland)

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This programme provides apprentices with the knowledge and performance skills required to become a proficient Data Analyst.

Learners will gain:

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of data
  • Knowledge of key data concepts, tools and technologies
  • An understanding of modelling techniques
  • Techniques to analyse data
  • The ability to produce visualisations to support effective data-driven decision making



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Level Of Study

SCQF Level 8


Technical Apprenticeship in Digital Technology for Data Analytics at SCQF Level 8  

Apprenticeship Certificate

Awarded by SQA

Entry Requirements

No set requirements

English Language Requirements


Mode Of Study

Blended and work-based learning


18 months

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include a personal reflective statement, workplace observation, witness testimony or professional discussion

Start Date



Online and work-based

What's learned?

  • Key Programming Languages
  • Implementing Machine Learning
  • Managing and Cleaning Databases
  • Data Modelling Techniques
  • Data Visualisation, Manipulation and Storage
  • Supporting Data-Driven Solutions

Programme structure

  • Typical programme duration 12-18 months, including access to our online learning platform.
  • Apprentices follow QA’s unique methodology, Digital by Design (DxD) - the revolutionary blended learning solution which sets us apart from other providers.


You will be equipped to work in roles such as: 

  • Data Analyst 
  • Data Insight Analyst 
  • Data Visualisation Engineer 
  • Business Intelligence Analyst 

Core Units 

  • Principles of Project Management 
  • Digital Transformation 
  • Meta Skills and Transformation  

Technical and Professional Skills Units 

  • Technical Upskilling: Fundamentals of SQL  
  • Data Modelling and Management 
  • Planning Data Analysis 
  • Transforming Data for Analysis 
  • Analysing Data 
  • Visualising and Communicating Data 
  • Implementing Machine Learning (optional) 

Learners should be given 2-3 working hours per week to dedicate solely to their apprenticeship programme, where they will complete digital learning activities. Over the course of the programme, they will also be required to attend virtual classroom training for a total of 15 days which is typically held in 2-3 day training blocks. 

You'll have a whole team behind you to help you get the most out of your apprenticeship, including:

  • Your line manager
  • A skills coach
  • A safeguarding specialist
  • A learning support specialist

There are no set entry requirements for learners. The only thing to bear in mind is that your job role must fit your chosen apprenticeship qualification, allowing you to complete the relevant modules. QA will undertake a role-matching exercise to help you.

What is Digital by Design?

Digital by Design (DxD) is our unique approach to learning design, with a blended delivery model combining tech, content and support to create a superior learner experience.

This blend of cutting-edge technology, engaging content, compelling design, dedicated, easy to access learner support brings ‘training’ up to date for the digital age.

Its purpose is to create the best possible experience for learners, helping them to deliver meaningful impact to your business, faster. This translates into greater career success, and helps to futureproof organisations for digital transformation.

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With over 10,000 hours of training, cutting-edge labs and sandboxed environments, Cloud Academy allows Degree Apprentices to learn by doing, building their confidence and competencies, without the risks of working in a live system.

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