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About the course

Data analysis is in high demand, with organisations increasingly requiring skilled staff to collect, analyse and interpret their data. The primary role of a data analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. Analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data.

The worldwide growth in the collection of data and subsequent supply of information from this data has been phenomenal. Many organisations are experiencing a shortage of the skills required to perform this analysis. This level 4 course is intended to equip you with the problem solving skills and technical knowledge required for a career in this area.

You’ll explore a broad range of areas, such as problem solving,  statistics, programming and systems analysis as well as databases and data analysis, analytics as well as aspects of data science allowing you to develop your professional knowledge in your area of work.

Data Analysts tend to be involved in collecting, organising and analysing data to provide business insight and information for business advantage.

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to use our modern ICT labs featuring a full range of technology and software packages.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will achieve an HNC Data Analyst qualification. This apprenticeship is also recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence - those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

In addition, as part of the apprenticeship standard, you must achieve the EMC: Data Science associate vendor qualification. Your studies will underpin the required knowledge for this.

We currently offer the data analyst pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard.

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This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

This apprenticeship is also recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence.

What does this course lead to?

Skills in data analysis could open up a range of career options including data manager, data scientist, data modeller, data architect and data engineer. 

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is ideally suited to those currently working in the field of data analysis. Applicants should have an interest in using technology for data analysis and its associated demands.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. The programme cost is £15,000.

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Entry to this apprenticeship is only available with the support of an employer. Those who are interested in taking this course should speak to a line manager or staff development representative.

    Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this typically includes five GCSEs and/or A levels, a Level 3 Apprenticeship, other relevant qualifications and experience, or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

    Level 2 English and maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Problem Solving through Programming
  • Business Information Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design Work-Based Project
  • Introduction to Databases

Year two

Core units

  • Data Analysis, Tools and Application
  • Computing Project


As an apprenticeship student here at Solent, you’ll have access to our technology labs and software packages to support you throughout your studies.

You will also have full access to our general facilities. These include a 24-hour library, computer resource centres, bookable study spaces and comprehensive sport/exercise facilities. You’ll also have access to our academic support and career development services.

Studying an apprenticeship allows you to continue with paid work, and benefit from off the job training.

Your future

Upon successful completion you could pursue roles such as data analyst, data manager, data scientist, data modeller, data architect and data engineer.

Industry links

The Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship standard has been developed by a range of employers in conjunction with the Institute of Apprenticeships. The employers include: Arqiva, BT, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Freedom Communications, The Royal Signals, John Lewis, Microsoft, the RAF, Optimity, Hewlett Packard, HMRC, the Home Office, Oracle, the NHS, and IBM.

At Solent we are proud of our many established links with a number of companies within the industry, many of whom regularly employ our students.

These links have previously provided our computing and networking students with access to a range of events and extracurricular learning opportunities. In particular, students have benefitted from a high-quality programme of guest speakers. Recent speakers include representatives from GITHUB, Westermo, CleverTouch, Etch and Zentive. 

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