NextGen: HND Data Science

The purpose of the qualification

To develop an understanding of data science theories and principles, together with a range of technical capabilities in handling, analysing, summarising and visualising data. Learners will also gain statistical skills and understand the importance of data ethics. This will enable progression to employment or further studies in related fields. It will also develop learners meta-skills.

Sector/industry-specific skills



Social intelligence


What will be different?

  • 15 credits
  • Large units
  • 2 mandatory units
  • 13 optional units
  • Inclusion of PDAs
  • Graded qualification (Pass/Merit/Distinction)
  • Meta-skills
  • Reduced assessment
  • Up-to-date content
  • More time to teach and learn
  • Project- and problem-based learning