Unique Data Science opportunity for 5th and 6th year pupils


Having piloted a trial of this option, we are delighted to be able to open up a unique 2 level course designed for 5th and 6th year pupils in the Edinburgh and Lothians area.

Staring in August 2024, we will be offering a fast-track SCQF Level 6 and 7 option which will give you the opportunity to progress straight into a degree at University.

This course is specifically for S5 and S6 learners attending School.

The field of Data Science combines digital and data skills, specific knowledge about a particular topic or subject area, and numeracy skills to extract insights and knowledge from data. The ability to identify the problem to solve, the correct data to use, carry out the analysis and then implement the outcome requires the three areas mentioned above to be brought together.

Data Science is becoming essential to how we live, learn and work. It is all about how we turn those insights extracted from data into actions. Many people are keen to learn more and understand this topic, and more employers are seeking applicants with experience in Data Science. Using the knowledge and skills from this course will help you to develop in your current or future job role.
The course has an 18-week structure and is guided by lecturer support via in-person and online learning. Upon successfully achieving this course, you will attain a National Progression Award in Data Science at SCQF level 6. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to advance to the Professional Development Award in Data Science at SCQF level 7, beginning in January 2025.


Semester One – August 2024 to December 2024

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NPA ( National Progression Award ) in Data Science at SCQF Level 6

SQA Certified Units:

  • Data Science
  • Data Citizenship
  • Data Science Project

Semester Two – January 2025 – June 2025*

*progressing to the Level 7 PDA is dependent upon achieving the NPA in Semester One

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PDA ( Professional Development Award ) in Data Science at SCQF Level 7

SQA Certified Units:

  • Working with Data
  • Communicating with Data
  • Data Science Project

Both courses have a unique and flexible approach to both learning and assessment. All theoretical evidence will be built up holistically, with all the practical evidence being gathered within one all-encompassing project.

What does this mean for me?

What this means is there are no end-loaded assessments, as both the theory and practical evidence is collected throughout the respective courses. This approach makes it ideal for school students who wish to add to their Highers / A-Levels, as the ‘holistic’ approach minimises any affect on their school exams.

How will I participate in the classes?

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At Data Education in Colleges, we are keen to promote independent study, so the in-person classes will be at Edinburgh College Milton Road on a Thursday afternoon, with 2 hours of weekly independent study being given in addition to the in-person class, allowing you to fir the additional study around your existing timetable.

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