Who is this for?

  • Anyone who works in a data role or area of the business that manages data such as marketing, accounts or customer service
  • Digital professionals who are transitioning to a role working in AI or machine learning
  • Candidates who want to develop their digital knowledge and enhance their credentials and value to the organisation
  • Anyone who wants to know more about industry’s dependence on data and the relationship between data and machine learning

Entry requirements

There are no pre-requisites for entry to the exam.

What will I learn?

This award sits within the Data area of the AI Foundation Pathway, providing a valuable overview to the field and a vital education for practitioners in every sector.

You’ll learn about:

  • types of data
  • the data lifecycle
  • structured and unstructured data
  • data architecture
  • data analytics
  • data quality
  • data compliance and audit

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This award contributes 5 credits towards the:

  • Foundation Certificate in AI (total credits required: 20)
  • Foundation Diploma in AI (total credits required: 36)

Other Data awards in the IA Foundation Pathway include:

How can I prepare for this award?

You can achieve this qualification through virtual or classroom training with a BCS-accredited training provider. As a guide, the estimated total qualification time for this award is 50 hours based around 16 hours of contact time, 33 hours of independent learning and a 30-minute summative assessment. Prices of exams start from £90 + VAT per award - though prices may vary depending on training provider.

How do I take the exam?

Find a provider

Get in touch with your nearest BCS-accredited training provider to ask about their bitesize training course.

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Book your exam

If you're studying for this qualification without a training provider you can sit this exam directly with BCS.

How do I book an exam?

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This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.