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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


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Statistical Training Short Course Programme 2017-18

What is it?

The analytical short courses provide you with an overview of statistical and analytical techniques. This classroom based learning will also strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge in the main methods used in Official Statistics. The courses cover a wide range of topics following the whole statistical process from the design stage through to disclosure control and communication of statistics.

What topics are covered on the course?

There are two levels to these courses:

  • Introductory – no prior knowledge is required. The course provides an introduction and understanding of the subject.
  • Intermediate – advanced level, open to all staff with a good working knowledge of the subject area.

Full details of each course can be found in the Learning Academy Brochure.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no pre-requisites for these courses.

What does the course cost?

There is no charge for ONS staff, however we will implement our cancellation policy for non-attendance.

The cost to GSS staff wishing to attend classroom based learning is available on Eventbrite.

How do I apply?

To apply, please book your place and we will send you an application form.


Level 5 in Statistics and Analysis (replacement to the RSS Higher)

What is it?

This is a new Level 5 in Statistics and Analysis course that is due to be launched this year as the replacement to the RSS Higher course. The Learning Academy is currently putting the accreditation process in place for this new course, which will be ready for delivery in October 2017. This is a 2-year programme and on successful completion, staff will have the opportunity to apply to become a member of the Statistical profession, which provides further training opportunities and opens up the doors to your career.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be classroom based and run at both Newport and Titchfield sites for one half-day a week during regular term times. The programme can also be studied via distance learning.

What topics are covered on the course?

Modules are split across 2 years with examinations taking place in May/Jun each year. The following modules are covered:

Year 1

  • Module 1 – Data Collection and Interpretation (Oct – Dec)
  • Module 2 – Probability Models (Jan – Feb)
  • Module 3 – Basic Statistical Methods (Mar-Apr)
  • Examinations – May-Jun

Year 2

  • Module 4 – Linear Models (Oct – Dec)
  • Module 7 – Time Series and Index Numbers (Jan-Feb)
  • Module 8 – Survey Sampling and Estimation (Mar-Apr)
  • Examinations – May-Jun

What are the entry requirements?

We believe that A-Level Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) will be sufficient to meet the prerequisite for this course; however we are not yet able to confirm. We will let you know as soon as details are available.

What does the course cost?

The training will be delivered free of charge to ONS staff, however for those wishing to sit the exams, there will be an associated fee that we are not yet able to confirm. We will let you know as soon as details are available.

The cost to GSS staff wishing to attend classroom based learning is £1442 and distance learning is £506.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in studying for this course (classroom or distance learning), please book here

We will send you an application form. For more information, please contact the team via learning.academy@ons.gov.uk

 


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.

 Applications

The application process for the MSc in Data Analytics for Government is now open. Please see the linked information for the courses being provided by Southampton University, Oxford Brookes University and University College London before deciding which MSc course you are most interested in. Our apologies are extended on behalf of the three Universities, as their websites are not currently available – we will update you as soon as these are live.

All applications for MSc in Data Analytics for Government will be made directly to your University of choice. Please use the following contact points and information as your guide:

  • Southampton University – For the full MSc and individual module application forms and submissions, please contact Paul Smith – p.a.smith@soton.ac.uk
  • University College London – For the full MSc and individual module application forms and submissions, please contact either Professor Patrick Wolfe – p.wolfe@ucl.ac.uk  or Sofia Olhede – s.olhede@ucl.ac.uk
  • Oxford Brookes – Programme Structure. For the full MSc, applications may be submitted online via UKPASS: bz/UKPASS. If you are interested in one of the individual modules, you will need to contact Dr. Rachel Long for the relevant application forms: Tel: 01865 484591; Email: r.long@brookes.ac.uk

Please ensure that you have discussed the funding for your studies with your line manager and budget holder.

Please note that you must have already atttained a numerical degree level course, or a non-numerical degree course with Continuing Professional Development/work experience within a numerical field, before you can apply for the MSc in Data Analytics for Government.

The universities and the programme

We now have full information about Oxford Brookes University’s and the University of Southampton’s  MDataGov module offers, timetables and cost.  and for University College London.

There are 4 core modules that should be the same across the 3 providers, but the optional modules can vary. Attached is a list of what each provider is going to deliver.

Costs are:

  • Southampton – £9,000
  • UCL – £14,000
  • Oxford Brookes – £7,200

Southampton will deliver their modules in a block week, whereas UCL and OB will deliver theirs one day per week.

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 gss.capability@ons.gsi.gov.uk.

A new bidding process is planned for 2018, aimed at expanding the list of MSc providers in the Framework.


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MSc in Official Statistics 

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 enrolled onto this programme, will be able to continue with their studies through to completion

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 enrolled onto this programme, will be able to continue with their studies through to completion.
 


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: gss.capability@ons.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

  • Time Series Econometrics will take place in Valencia, Spain from 12-14 September 2017.  Please find enclosed the description of the course as well as the application form. All Applications should be filled and sent in both Word and pdf format (with signature) to UK ESTP contact point  The application deadline is extended to Friday 14 July 2017.