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Analytical Training

The GSS Learning Academy based at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is one of the key providers of statistical training for the Government Statistical Service (GSS). The GSS Statistical Capability Team aims to provide a flexible learning programme to support you in strengthening and updating your professional skills and knowledge. All of our courses are delivered by methodological experts in the field of Official Statistics.

The team coordinates the following courses for GSS staff but please see the GSS Learning Curriculum  for further details. For all queries relating to these courses, please contact the GSS Learning Academy

training-icon2Statistical Training Short Course Programme 2016-17

The GSS Statistical Capability Team in ONS is pleased to announce the Statistical Training Short Course Programme for 2016-17 (see attached). The short course programme delivers courses on the main methods used in Official Statistics, providing an overview of various statistical and analytical techniques and includes information on how and why to choose the appropriate methodology.

To apply for any of these courses, please complete an application form (see attached).

For any further information, please email the GSS Learning Academy

Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Higher CertificateRSS-strapline-logo 2

This is aimed at staff who wish to extend their statistical knowledge and obtain a recognised qualification that meets the criteria to become a member of RAS or the GSS Statistician Group. The course runs as a classroom based event at ONS Newport and is also available as a distance learning course.

You must have an As Level in Maths or have experience of using calculus to be eligible for this course.

Existing students can access current course material via the RSS Higher student portal.

graduation capMSc in Official Statistics

The MSc programme has been jointly developed by the University of Southampton and the GSS to cover the core skills and knowledge needed by professional government statisticians.

The programme can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The programme is structured as a series of modules that run in one-week slots throughout the academic year. Some modules are run at the ONS site at Newport, South Wales and some in Southampton in the Social Statistics Research Centre at the University.

Modules can be taken as one-off modules for CPD purposes.

PG Certificate                    6 modules

PG Diploma                      12 modules

MSc                                  12 modules plus dissertation

Modules are available in a variety of topics including: Introduction to Survey Research, Survey Data Collection, Survey Sampling & Estimation, Evaluation and Monitoring, Demographic Methods, Compensating for Non-Response, Statistical Disclosure Control, National Accounts, Elements of Official Statistics, Statistical Computing and various Data Analysis modules including Regression Modelling and Small Area Estimation.

For the full suite of modules, please refer to the web link above.
To make an enquiry or to make a booking, please email

This programme is being reviewed during June – Sep 2016 in readiness for a retendering process in Oct 2016 (for Sep 2017 delivery).

If you are interested in enrolling onto the full MSc in Official Statistics in September 2017, please come and speak to us as we are considering some alternative learning pathways that may be of interest to you.

European Statistical Training ProgrammeEU

The purpose of the European Statistical Training Programme (ESTP) is to provide statisticians the opportunity to participate in international training courses, workshops and seminars at postgraduate level. It comprises courses in Official Statistics, IT applications, Research and Development and Statistical Management. More information on the courses can be found via the Eurostat website.

The following courses are part of the European Statistical Training Programme. Please note all applications for these courses should be submitted through the UK ESTP contact point: