Data Essentials
SCQF Level 6

Apprenticeship programme (Scotland)

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This programme has been designed to provide learners with all the knowledge and performance skills required to support data knowledge development and progression.  

Learners do not need any prior experience. This course will enable them to: 

  • Gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of data sources 
  • Understand data manipulation and storage 
  • Identify quality issues and address them using suitable tools and techniques 
  • Prepare and clean data sets ready for analysis 
  • Use visualisation tools to support effective data-driven solutions. 



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Level Of Study

SCQF Level 6


Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Technology for Data Analytics at SCQF Level 6 

Apprenticeship Certificate

Awarded by SQA

Entry Requirements

No set requirements

English Language Requirements


Mode Of Study

Blended and work-based learning


12 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
  • Managing and Cleaning Databases
  • Data Visualisation, Manipulation
    and Storage
  • Supporting Data-Driven Solutions

Programme structure

  • Typical programme duration 12 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 Technician 
  • Junior Data Analyst 
  • Junior Data Insight Analyst 
  • Junior Data Visualisation Engineer 
  • Junior Business Intelligence Analyst 

Additional roles to support: finance, sales, operations, and wider business stakeholder roles 

Core Units 

  • Problem Solving 
  • Understanding Customer Requirements 
  • Technical Writing 

Technical and Professional Units 

  • Fundamentals of SQL 
  • Contributing to Data Manipulation 
  • Contributing to Data Management 
  • Contributing to Data Analysis 
  • Contributing to Data Visualisation and Reporting 

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, learners will also be required to attend virtual classroom training for a total of 12 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.

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