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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 (RSS Higher replacement)

The Learning Academy is offering two alternative options to the Level 5 in Statistics and Analysis, which was in the past the replacement for the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate.

1.Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics (Open University – distance learning)

Starting in February 2018, this distance learning course with tutor support (online and face-to-face contact), has four 30-credit modules studied across 2 years (can be extended up to 7 years). You can study one or several modules: However, to gain accreditation you will need to attend and pass all 4 modules:

  • Introducing Statistics
  • Analysing data
  • Practical modern statistics
  • Linear statistical modelling

Cost per module: Costs are depending on geographical location where you live, not work and there may be a increase in cost if you take the modules in the 2018/19 academic year:

  • England: £1,432 per module
  • Wales: £479 per module
  • Scotland: £479 per module
  • Northern Ireland: £479 per module

Funding: your business area/division will be required to fund your attendance on this course.

Entry to the Statistical Profession: you must study and pass all 4 modules if you are also interested in joining the Statistical Profession.

How to enrol: Find out more about the course.

2.Continued Professional Development – Higher Level course – S3Ri Distance Learning Programme (University of Southampton – distance learning)

This non-accredited course provides the continued delivery of the old RSS Higher modules through Southampton’s Continued Professional Development programme. It is especially aimed at those who had not finished their studies under the old RSS programme but will also be open to new students for the next 2 years.

The course is delivered via personal study and you will have access to a tutor mostly via email (face-to-face meetings are not usually part of this course). You will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion if you pass a module via the coursework/homework but please note that the course is not accredited.

There are 8 modules available at a cost of £175 per module:

  • Module 1- Data collection and interpretation
  • Module 2 – Probability models
  • Module 3 – Basic statistical methods
  • Module 4 – Linear models
  • Module 5 – Further probability and inference
  • Module 6 – Further applications of statistics
  • Module 7 – Time series and index numbers
  • Module 8 – Survey sampling and estimation

Funding: your business area/division will be required to fund your attendance on this course.

Entry to the Statistical Profession: you must study and pass 6 modules if you are also interested in joining the Statistical Profession.

Find out more about the course and how to enrol directly with the University of Southampton.


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.