SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

This Course will be starting in December and is two afternoons per week on Tuesday and Thursday. This course is free to study as it is fully funded by The Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Skills Gateway. A project which forms part of the Edinburgh and South East City Deal.

Delivery of this course will be through interactive, lecturer led sessions on Microsoft Teams and resources on our Moodle page.

This short course is ideal for people seeking employment and looking to add Data Science to their current job profile skill set. It has been designed for those looking to begin a career in Data Science or to compliment those with transferrable experience from other industries.

Data Science is the world's fastest growth area in Digital and is used in almost every employment setting, vocation and business and service.  It's a huge un-tapped potential for many businesses and service industries as we are still to truly visualise the potential economic, social and environmental impact of what the worlds current data stores can provide.

Students will learn an introduction to Python programming which is the most prevalent programming language associated with data science but also the fastest growing computer programming language in all computing discipline areas. Python is a great starting point for those with no previous knowledge being very accessible language for beginners.

This course is useful to everyone, whether you have skills in computing previously or currently use computers daily. You can use the knowledge straight away in industry or choose to start a new career in Computing, Web Development, Digital Media, Games Development, Software Development, Cyber Security or Networking and Infrastructure.

What You Will Learn

Data Science is a multi disciplinary subject that combines, computer science, statistics and business knowledge. It allows the generation of insights from data.
This course will cover:

  • Data Management: Sorting and Analysing Data
  • Data in our Society: Elements of Data Security and How to Protect Your Own Data and Data Belonging to Other People
  • The Potential of Data Usage and Ethical Implications
  • An Introduction to Python Programming
Entry Requirements

This course is open for all to apply, no previous experience with data science or computer programming is required. Although we recommend that applicants have achieved the minimum qualifications listed below.

It is recommended applicants have achieved four National 5 qualifications:

  • One National 5* qualification in Computing
  • Four National 5 qualifications in any subject

We will assess candidates on an individual basis. We may ask you to undertake a screening activity to further assess your entry for this course.

*National 5 is an equivalent qualification to Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2 level.

English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
  • Practical activities
  • Course work
  • Informal tests

Progression And Articulation Routes

Progression is based on an individual basis. We can advise on a progression route based on your goals.

You can progress onto further Edinburgh College courses:

  • SCQF Level 5 courses within the Computing subject area
  • SCQF Level 5 courses within the Enterprise and Commerce subject area with a digital element
  • SCQF Level 5 courses within the Creative Industries subject area with a digital element
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • For those starting their career, this is a gateway qualification to study at a higher level at college
  • For those with previous work experience, this qualification provides a great addition to your CV

Number Of Days Per Week
  • Two days per week
  • Classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • This course will start in December
  • This course runs for 16 weeks (excluding holidays)
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 09/11/2020
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Sunday 28/02/2021
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Computing Overview

​Master the skills in digital media editing, database administration, social media and e-commerce, web design, animation, 3D modelling, programming in C#, PHP, Actionscript, Javascript, Java and C++, scripting, batching, network architechture and forensics, all taught by industry veteran lecturers with extensive real life experience.

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