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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 Learning Academy Directory  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 Data Analytics for Government

Growing and building the capability of the workforce across government remains a key role of the ONS Learning Academy and the Data Science Campus. Delivering a Masters level qualification has always been a requirement for professional career development. Working in partnership, the Learning Academy and Data Science Campus have successfully appointed, following a competitive bidding process, University College London, Oxford Brookes University and Southampton University to be part of a Framework to deliver the MSc in Data Analytics for Government. Customer Guidance is now available to support the use of the Framework, which will contain information on each of the University courses and instructions for enrolment.

Further MSc routes have also been identified by the ONS Learning Academy to support a broad geographical spread of the workforce. For more information on the range of options available, please contact A new bidding process is planned for 2018, aimed at expanding the list of MSc providers in the Framework.

MSc in Official Statistics    graduation cap

The MSc in Official Statistics was jointly developed by the University of Southampton and the GSS to cover the core skills and knowledge needed by professional government statisticians. The course formed the primary Masters programme for statistical and analytical development across government from 1999 – 2017. The programme has since been replaced by the MSc in Data Analytics, under a Framework agreement.

Those who are already enroled onto this programme, will be able to continue with their studies through to completion. Those who are looking to enrol for Continuing Professional Development (one-off modules for CPD) are able to continue to apply through Southampton University.

Please note that we are currently awaiting a decision by Southampton University as to whether the MSc in Official Statistics will continue to run (i.e. enrolment onto this programme to continue indefinitely) – we will update you as soon as we hear anything. To note however that we are bound by our commercial rules to promote the MSc in Data Analytics for Government as the primary MSc course through this website.

For the full suite of modules, please see here.

To make an enquiry for CPD or to make a booking, please email

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: