HNC/D Data Science

I’m pleased to let you know that I’ve been given the green light to “scope” the development of a new HNC and HND in Data Science. Data science is a hot topic these days and I’ve had lots of enquiries about the availability of an intermediate (Higher National) award in this area. There are already lots of graduate and post-graduate degrees in Data Science, and we’re in the process of creating an introductory qualification in data science so this, potentially, fills a gap.

I wrote “potentially” because scoping does not necessarily lead to development (one of the outcomes of scoping is not to develop). But it’s an important stage in development, if we do decide to proceed, because it outlines the size and nature of the required work. The development would also let us revisit the existing HNC Data Analytics, which has been available since 2014 but has very low uptake. Any new award would replace that qualification.

It’s (very) early days for this development, and the first stage is to find someone who will carry out the scoping. So please let Caitlin know if you’re interested in carrying out this work. I hope to have the scoping complete by February next year and, if permission to proceed is granted, commence development in Spring 2019 for availability¬†in centres for August 2020.

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