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Data Engineer

Apprenticeship Overview

A level 5 apprenticeship, to build systems that collect, manage, and convert data into usable information for data scientists, data analysts and business intelligence analysts to interpret. A data engineer’s main aim is to make data accessible and valid so that an organisation can use it to evaluate and optimise their performance. 

The role of the data engineer is pivotal to any organisation; it ensures that data pipelines are established to support data scientists and other business stakeholders. 

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

Maximum funding:  £19,000.

Entry Criteria 

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 3 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 Professional Behaviours and Values

All knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours and values will be assessed by the two different assessment methods: Project evaluation report, presentation and questions (AM1) and Professional discussion (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 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 evaluation report, presentation and questions

Submit a project brief and confirm that they have completed a suitable project that meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours. 

Data Engineer EPA

The EPA consists of two assessment methods.

Assessment Method 1 (AM1) – Project evaluation report, presentation and questions

A 3,500-word report based on a work-based project completed pre-gateway, submitted by the end of week 10 of the EPA period. The presentation and questions will last for 50-minutes, typically split 20-minutes for the presentation and 30-minutes for questioning (+ 10% to allow the apprentice to complete their last point or respond to a question).

Assessment Method 2 (AM2) – Professional discussion

An 80-minute professional discussion between the apprentice and an independent assessor.


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 10 working days after completing their final assessment method.


Link to Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan

Link to qualification specification

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