Data Literacy Training

This digital learning pathway provides the core knowledge and skills needed to develop an understanding of data, its importance, and what it means.

The Data Literacy Learning Pathway

The key to a data-driven culture within the modern workplace.

Course Overview

This four-week programme provides the core data literacy skills that most employers are looking for.  Over eight hours, the self-guided lessons present the key skills of data awareness, data collection, data quality, data validation and data ethics.  You will be introduced to data visualisation whilst exploring the misrepresentation and distortion of data.

This course aims to equip you with essential Data Literacy skills, preparing you for new career opportunities within the digital workplaces of today.

Learning Schedule

For the duration of the programme, you should expect to spend approximately one hour per day to complete the course materials and end of module quizzes - approximately eight hours in total.


Extended Learning

Further self-study materials are referenced within the final module should you wish to extend your learning beyond this course.

You will gain an awareness of:

  • Where data comes from
  • How it is collected
  • How data is used
  • Data quality
  • Data governance
  • Basic data visualisation and charts
  • How to interpret data visualisations
  • How to recognise misleading representations.

Learning outcomes are aligned to the UK Government’s
Digital, Data and Technology skills & capability framework.

What experience do I need to complete the free SAS STEP Data Literacy learning pathway?

The Data Literacy learning pathway is ideally suited for anybody who is currently unemployed and holds the following qualifications and skills:

  • GCSE Maths (or equivalent)
  • GCSE English (or equivalent)
  • IT Literate
    (You should be proficient in using a computer (or other internet-enabled device) to:

- search the internet
- access and navigate websites
- communicate and collaborate with others using email or social media
- locate, open, edit and save files
- follow instructions for basic computing tasks
- solve problems and find solutions using digital tools, e.g. using online tutorials to learn / teach yourself simple tasks

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