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PDA Data Science and Machine Learning

PDA Data Science and Machine Learning


    This Professional Development Award (PDA) is one of a suite that was designed to incorporate the knowledge and understanding required by popular Vendors’ Neutral award into SQA’s Higher National frameworks.

    Course Introduction

    This is a 16-week course that provides the required knowledge and skills required to become data Scientist. This Data Science and Machine Learning course is quite comprehensive and suitable for you even if you have little knowledge about data science or if you are just exploring.

    You will be learning the latest tools and technologies that are used in large companies such as Google, Netflix, Facebook, and other Retailers. The course will provide you with all essential materials such problem solving skills, Investigative skills, Innovative skills, observative skills and critical Thinking skills.

    The features of the course include practical exercises and labs and easy to understand lessons. This course is adequate to provide trainees with the required knowledge and practical skills to be a Data Scientist or AI Engineer.



    Vendors Neutral:

    Good to have some prior basic programming experience at level 6, or relevant experience.


    This statement is about access to the Professional Development Awards as a whole. However, in addition to the detail which follows, part of the specification of each and every unit includes recommended access levels. Students should normally be expected to satisfy both sets of access requirements.

    Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable, as would suitable vendor qualifications at an appropriate level.

    Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry provided the enrolling Centre believes that the candidate is likely to benefit from undertaking the award.

    It would be advisable for all candidates to have some prior knowledge of computing or information technology although formal qualifications may not be necessary if suitable experience had been gained informally or through work experience.

    Such work experience may provide inferred or actual evidence of a candidate’s skills and knowledge as they apply either to particular units.

    Vendors Neutral & SQA Credits Award Progression:


    Candidates will acquire 32 SCQF credit which can be used to get exemptions towards HND Data Science  which has a combination of both existing units in this PDA qualification.

    Why Get Certified:

    With IT job openings being created faster than trained people can be found to fill them, IT certification is the best way to open the door to a higher salary, more opportunities and career fulfilment.

    Trained and certified Data Scientist are needed worldwide.

    More Data Scientist are getting certified than ever before because  certifications:

    • Validate your knowledge and skills
    • Help you remain competitive and employable
    • Give you job proficiency more quickly
    • Show dedication to your career

    Target Audiences:


    This award covers the knowledge and understanding associated with the Adobe qualification and will be attractive to candidates who are looking for employment at an entry-level position or higher. It would also be suitable for those wishing to prepare for career advancement in their organisation.

    The IT training classes which we are currently offering are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

    • School leavers
    • Adult returnees to education
    • Individuals who intend to leave school and further their career path in a college or equivalent
    • Individuals who are in employment and wish to enhance their career prospects
    • Individuals who wish to start a new career in Data Science
    • Individuals who wants to get promotion at work
    • Individuals who wants to upgrade in their Data Science skills
    • Individuals who intend to progress their career after the study of the PDA into further study at HN level
    • Individuals who wish to study on a part-time (day or evening) or day-release mode

    Classes Duration & Course delivery:

    This course will be delivered 1day a week, 8  hours a week, one full classroom from 9am to 5pm  for 4 months.

    Modes of Learning:

    ITPT is currently providing different methods of learning opportunities to our clients. Many people are looking for learning diversity to enhance their qualifications, but they don’t have the time to take on full-time instructor led study or attending courses regularly at their appropriate venues.

    Online, distance and blended learning is a popular solution helping busy people study flexibly around their needs and requirements. We want to be the first choice for those potential online and distance learners so we are introducing a variety of different study channels so the people can facilitate themselves accordingly.



    Modes of Course Delivery



         Modes of Attendance


    1.    Instructor Led learning
    1. Part Time
    2.    Blended learning
    1. Weekends


    3.    Distance Blended Learning


    1. Evening


    Career Opportunities/ Job Roles:

    Upon completion of module, the passing of the Data Science course . The student will be able to advance in their career if their present jobs or be able to pursue roles in jobs in the following industries

    • Universities and research institutions
    • The government
    • Manufacturers
    • Banks
    • Airlines
    • Large retailers etc
    • Big data companies such as Google and Facebook
    • Marketing agencies and marketing departments at major companies

    Some of the most common job salaries and benefits are :

    1. Salaries for junior data scientists tend to start at around £25,000 to £30,000, rising to £40,000 depending on your experience.
    2. With a few years’ experience you can expect to earn between £40,000 and £60,000.
    3. Lead and chief data scientists can earn upwards of £60,000, in some cases reaching more than £100,000.

    Application Process:

    You will be expected to attend an interview with a member of the course team. There will be a basic aptitude test to observe your understanding of this course. Course consultant will help you in filling forms and provide you further guidance if required.

    Funding Available:

    This course is FREE (SAAS part-time funding) to anyone who is on benefits or earning £25,000 or less, given that they have not used SAAS/ILA funding towards any other course/training in the last 12 months.

    Those in receipt of the following benefits are automatically eligible:

    • Jobseekers allowance
    • Income support
    • Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit (minimum rate)
    • Pension Credit


    Apply for course funding 

    Our Courses are fully funded by SAAS: Student Awards Agency for Scotland

    Please visit the SAAS website www.saas.gov.uk to see your eligibility.

    Download: SAAS Part Time Funding Guide, Part Time Forms

    Read: Part Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Disabled students’ allowance (DSA

    For Students who don’t qualify for the above fundings:

    How much will this course cost?

    If for any reason you do not qualify for SAAS funding our fees are as follows for students living  in the UK or the European Union:

    PDA  Data Science


    Full Course (can be paid in installments) £750

     Fees are payable in advance at the start of the course unless otherwise agreed.

    We also provide flexible fee installments to help students in paying their fees.

    There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies. Contact the college for more details.

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    Course Curriculum

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