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Data Analyst

Note: This page is relevant to the current Standard version.  If you are looking for an older version, please see link at the bottom of the page.

Apprenticeship Overview

A level 4 apprenticeship for individuals whose role is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight.

Data Analysts are found in any sector by employers that use data to make business decisions. Data analysts may work in various departments within a single employer and the broad purpose of their role is to ascertain how data can be used to answer questions and solve problems.

Typical duration to gateway (excluding EPA period):  24 months.

Maximum funding:  £15,000.

Entry Criteria 

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 2 apprenticeship, or other relevant qualifications.

Key information

No Knowledge Modules or Vendor Qualifications

There are no mandated knowledge modules or professional vendor certification for this apprenticeship standard. Although you may want to utilise professional vendor certification that has been mapped to the knowledge components listed in the apprenticeship standard, you will not be able to use apprenticeship funding to pay for the certification. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours

All knowledge, skills and behaviours will be assessed by the two different assessment methods: project with presentation and questioning (AM1) and professional discussion with portfolio (AM2).

EPA Gateway

In addition to the employer’s confirmation that the apprentice is working at or above the level in the occupational standard, the apprentice must have completed the following gateway requirements prior to beginning end-point assessment (EPA).

Achieved English and Mathematics at Level 2

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.

Project with presentation and questioning

No requirements.

Professional discussion with portfolio

A selection of the best pieces of evidence gathered by an apprentice during their apprenticeship. The evidence should demonstrate how an apprentice has carried out specific work tasks mapped to the assessment criteria and knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the assessment plan for AM2.

Data Analyst EPA

The EPA consists of two assessment methods.

Assessment Method 1 (AM1) - Project with Presentation and Questioning

A 3,500-word project designed to meet the needs of the business, delivering real business benefit, submitted within 8 weeks of the EPA start date. 


A presentation based on the project is also submitted within 8 weeks of the EPA start date; this is then presented to an independent assessor. The presentation will take 20 minutes and will be followed by 20 minutes of questioning on both the presentation and project.

Assessment Method 2 (AM2) - Professional Discussion with Portfolio

A 60-minute two-way discussion underpinned by the portfolio, which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation.


Apprentices must pass both assessment methods (1 & 2), which can be taken in any order, to successfully complete their apprenticeship. Grades awarded are fail, pass, merit, or distinction. Apprentices will receive their grade ten working days after completing their final assessment method.


Link to Apprenticeship Standard

Link to Assessment Plan

Link to qualification specification

Link to relevant older Standard:

Level 4 Data Analyst

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