BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science

Our Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science will give you a combination of work-based learning and high quality teaching delivered by experts in the field.

Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Online, Full-time

Overview

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Our BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree will give you an in-depth awareness and appreciation of the underlying computing and mathematical principles driving data science technologies. It is a practical degree focusing on the mathematical and analytical skills needed to begin a career as a data scientist or analyst.

What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

It is a Scottish Government priority to increase workforce skills through graduate-level qualifications such as Graduate Apprenticeships. Skills Development Scotland has developed Graduate Apprenticeships, in partnership with industry and the education sector, to provide work-based learning opportunities and a new way into degree-level study for individuals who are currently employed, or who want to go straight into work.

Graduate Apprentices work for their employer whilst studying and developing their skills at the University of Stirling. It means that work undertaken for the employer counts towards a Graduate Apprentice's qualification.

All tuition fees for the apprentice are funded by the Scottish Government and places are available for companies with a facility in Scotland, where the apprentice is employed at that facility and domiciled in Scotland.

The BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science course involves attending 1 day of online classes and 4 days work with the employer on a weekly basis.

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Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

  • BBB at SQA Higher or equivalent qualifications
  • Relevant Foundation Apprenticeship and 2 Highers
  • Relevant Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications including SVQs/NVQs and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants with work experience and/or professional qualifications can be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning. This is the process for recognising learning that has its source in experience and/or previous formal, non-formal and learning contexts.

Mathematics competency

Where there is no evidence of competency in mathematics either in a formal or informal context, candidates will be required to undertake a short test. This can be administered by the University or the Graduate Apprentice employer.

Applicants must also be:

  • living and working in Scotland
  • at least 16 years old
  • working for an employer based in Scotland in an area related to one of the programmes
  • recommended by the employer

 

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

Contact us for application and course queries

If you are an employer looking to upskill your workforce or recruit new apprentices, please contact the Programme Director, Mario Kolberg, on mario.kolberg@stir.ac.uk. If you would like to register your interest as an apprentice, please email attaching your CV.

English language requirements

Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 1 February 2021

If you are from India, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

On our BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree, you'll study modules from Computing Science and Mathematics and will be introduced to both data science theory and applications.

Subjects at the core of data science include script programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence and statistics. Students will be introduced to database technologies and learn cutting edge technology such as computer vision and natural language processing.

Our BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree will also teach you how to collect, manage and analyse big, fast moving data for science or commerce.

Modules

The module information below is intended only as an example of what you may study and features details for the current academic year (2021/22). Modules are regularly reviewed and are subject to future changes.

Course details

You will learn about Data Science through lectures, small tutorial groups and most of all through practical labs, where concepts taught in lectures are implemented and tested. This knowledge is also put into practice through the work-based learning options which allows Graduate Apprentices in Data Science to work on the projects that meet their employers’ needs.

Our BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree will use coursework assignments, class tests and exams to assess your work. Work-based learning elements will be assessed through reports and demos of code implementation. Assignments will vary from module to module, with several technical assignments, some essay writing and some presentations. The honours project will be assessed by dissertation.

The course is taught over three semesters: autumn, spring and summer. The timetable below provides the modules that will be taught throughout the duration of the course.

Year 1

Autumn

  • Introduction to Computing Science
  • Introduction to Mathematics

Spring

  • Work based learning
  • Practical Statistics
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Work based learning

Summer

  • Work based learning

Year 2

Autumn

  • Scripting for Data Science
  • Introduction to Databases

Spring

  • Work based learning
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • NoSQL Databases+ Data Warehousing
  • Work based learning

Summer

  • Work based learning

Year 3

Autumn

  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Code Analysis and Performance

Spring

  • Work based learning
  • Data Strategy
  • Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision
  • Work based learning

Summer

  • Work based learning

Year 4

Autumn

  • Data Science Applications
  • Security

Spring

  • Honours Project
  • Distributed Data Science Systems
  • Honours Project

Summer

  • Honours Project

The BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science course involves attending 2 days of classes on campus and 3 days work with the employer on a weekly basis.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Fees are covered by the Scottish Government.

Tuition fees

Your learning is funded via the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) so there is no cost to you. Any arrangement about books, materials and travel will be between you and your employer.

Student loan

As a paid employee, you wouldn’t be eligible for SAAS funding. There may be other grants and bursaries available to you.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

**This information below is not applicable to students taking the BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree.**

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

Cost of living

**This information below is not applicable to students taking the BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree.**

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

**This information below is not applicable to students taking the BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science degree.**

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

Demand for workers with specialist data skills like data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over five years (+231%), according to a labour market analysis commissioned for Dynamics of data science skills, a new Royal Society report published in May 2019.

The types of skills most frequently required by British employers include scripting languages, big data, SQL databases and machine learning.