Data Analyst Level 4 Apprenticeship

Institutes of Technology have been designed to create higher level technical qualifications, in partnership with employers.

  • Level

    Higher Level

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Reading College

Institutes of Technology have been designed to create higher level technical qualifications, in partnership with employers to increase productivity and raise the standards of university-level technical education. As part of our IOT offering, there will be three Level 4 apprenticeships in 2021. Our higher apprenticeships take two years to complete. There’s no upper age limit to study an apprenticeship, so these are perfect for you if are looking to change career or to develop in your current role. 

The primary role of a Data Analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data. They work across a variety of projects, providing technical data solutions to a range of stakeholders/customers issues. They document and report the results of data analysis activities making recommendations to improve business performance. They have a good understanding of data structures, database systems and procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a range of different types of analyses.

The focus of this 24-month apprenticeship is to deliver a high quality, hands-on learning experience. We will offer this through our teaching, which is delivered by industry professionals, our state-of-the- art facilities, and our focus on face-to- face delivery. The programme consists of in-person workshops, monthly coaching and online learning, to suit the needs of every apprentice and provide a high standard of teaching and learning.

  • the range of data protection and legal issues
  • the data life cycle
  • the different types of data, including open and public data, administrative data, and research data
  • the differences between structured and unstructured data
  • the fundamentals of data structures, database system design, implementation and maintenance the importance of the domain context for data analytics
  • the quality issues that can arise with data and how to avoid and/or resolve these
  • the importance of clearly defining customer requirements for data analysis
  • the processes and tools used for data integration
  • the steps involved in carrying out routine data analysis tasks
  • how to use and apply industry standard tools and methods for data analysis

The apprenticeship will be delivered within the college and workplace, with ongoing support from a dedicated performance coach. College attendance is required for one day per week throughout the duration of the programme to complete the mandatory qualifications and to learn the required Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours. However, there may also be a requirement for college attendance on additional days to support the delivery of functional Skills.

Since the introduction of new style apprenticeships in May 2017, it’s been a requirement that every apprentice spends at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training. The required 20% off-the-job training hours will be calculated via the apprentices contracted hours of work, holiday entitlement and length of programme and will be clearly specified in our commitment statement.
This requirement doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect – and doesn’t even mean the apprentice has to be away from their workplace 20% of the time.

The EPA can only be taken after the conditions of the Assessment Gateway have been successfully achieved.
» Introduction to Data Analysis » Spreadsheet Analytics
» Introduction to Data Modelling » Data Visualisation
» Systems modelling and Database Design
» Taken Level 2 English & Maths Assessment

On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, the apprentice will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the apprenticeship. It is expected that apprentices will complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of their planned apprenticeship completion

EPA Consists of:
» Summative Portfolio
» Synoptic Project
» Employer reference
» Structured Interview (including discussion based on the portfolio)

An apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of roles. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

You will need to be employed in a relevant position and ideally hold a Level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification. Hold a Level 2 (GCSE A/9 to C/4) Maths and English. If not already achieved, you will have to achieve Level 2 English and Maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking your end-point assessment.

Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and undertake the English and Mathematics Level 2 qualification during the apprenticeship. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualification for whom this is their primary language.

Typical completion time is likely to be 24 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.

As an apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges:

Libraries and learning environments

Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card, allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes:

Advice and Admissions

Learning Support
Student Support
Impartial careers advisors
One-to-one support
A college nurse
Free counselling service

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