Level 4

Data Analyst

The primary purpose of a Data Analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight.

Overview of the role - IconOverview of the role

Data Analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting, and aggregating data and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data.

Typical job roles - IconTypical job roles

Data Analyst, Data Manager, Data Scientist, Data Modeller, Data Architect and Data Engineer

Details of the Standard - IconDetails of the Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard is a period of training where knowledge is acquired, skills developed and practically applied. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the gateway for their end-point-assessment. Once the end-point organisation has completed the assessments then the award will be given.

Duration - IconDuration

Typical duration: 24 months plus EPA (Approx. 2-3 months).

Entry Requirements - IconEntry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs (especially English, mathematics and a science or technology subject); other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.

English and maths - IconEnglish and maths

To complete the apprenticeship the employee must pass level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) before undertaking their End-Point-Assessment.

Delivery - IconCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

Swatpro Academy’s bespoke programme will cover all the mandatory and optional knowledge and skills outlined in the standard, covering a range of topics including:

Knowledge Modules
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis Tools
  • BCS Level 4 Diploma in Data Analysis Concepts
Competency Standards
  • Identify, collect, and migrate data to / from a range of internal and external systems
  • Manipulate and link different data sets as required
  • Interpret and apply the organisation’s data and information security standards, policies, and procedures to data management activities
  • Collect and compile data from different sources
  • Perform database queries across multiple tables to extract data for analysis
  • Perform routine statistical analyses and ad-hoc queries

The delivery will include 20% 'off the job' training, through a blend of remote, online and in the workplace training. The tutor will review progress with both apprentice and employer at least once every 8 weeks. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the phase known as 'gateway' for their End-Point- Assessments (EPA) undertaken with an independent Assessment Organisation.

Assessment - IconEnd-Point-Assessment

The apprentice will need to successfully complete all components of the End-Point-Assessment stage to achieve the overall apprenticeship standard. This includes:

Summative portfolio

Synoptic project

Employer reference


Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

Professional Recognition - IconProfessional Recognition

Registration to the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech). Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship, they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

Progression - IconProgression

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to a Data Analyst, Data Manager, Data Scientist, Data Modeller, Data Architect, Data Engineer or undertaking a higher-level apprenticeship programme.