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NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Data

Ref:
603/7882/7
Sector:
Information and Communication Technology
Registration and Certification Fee
£65.00

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
195
TQT
245

About this qualification

This qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to enter a job role within the digital workforce area, such as a data technician. This qualification is mapped against the Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship Standard. It is a standalone qualification that does not form part of the apprenticeship standard or end-point assessment.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 or over wishing to gain or upskill their knowledge and competence to work in the digital sector or for progression beyond level 3.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units as detailed in the qualification specification.

How is it assessed?

The assessment consists of an internally assessed portfolio of evidence, which is assessed by centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE (internal quality assurance (IQA) must still be completed by the centre as usual).

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

The minimum duration of this qualification is 195 GLH. It typically takes 1 to 2 years to complete this qualification.

Centres are free to decide how long this qualification should take and how many GLH per week/month is appropriate.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

This qualification does not require learners to be working or complete a work/industry placement experience.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

• Level 3 Certificate in Digital Support
• Level 4 Award in Programming (Python)
• Level 4 Diploma: Data Analyst (HTQ)
• Level 4 Diploma: Cyber Security Engineer (HTQ)

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification is applicable to a variety of job roles within the digital sector, such as a data technician.


Qualification Specification
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Qualification Factsheet
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This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the centre, learner and employer.

Learner Overview
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Qualification Mapping
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This document shows centres how this qualification maps to the knowledge and skills statements within the Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

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Qualification Specification (Word)
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Mandatory units

  1. Understand How to Source Data (L/618/8650)
  2. Collate and Format Data for Processing and Analysis (R/618/8651)
  3. Analyse Data to Support Business Outcomes (Y/618/8652)
  4. Present and Communicate Data to the Appropriate Audience (H/618/8654)
  5. Store, Manage and Distribute Data Securely (K/618/8655)
  6. Collaborate With Others and Practise Continuous Professional Development (M/618/8656)

Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted.

Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence.

We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills. 

More information can be found in the adaptation addendum below. 

2021-22 AT 60378827 V1.0
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