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Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering)

Short course

    Want to learn about big data theory and how to analyse databases? Our Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering) prepares you for a career in data engineering.

    Data science is widely used in various industries, including environmental science and sustainability for business, and is crucial for any business producing large volumes of data.

    During this eight week short course, you’ll learn the skills needed to start a career in data science, specialising in data engineering. You'll learn the theory behind databases and be able to define what big data means. You'll explore how to design, create and populate databases and how to manipulate and generate data.

    Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to think about how to transfer your knowledge of database theory and management skills. This allows you and your business to make better-informed decisions that can help with sustainable business practices. You'll learn how to design, build, capture and analyse data to make meaningful insights using structured query language (SQL). These skills allow you to use company data to interpret a business's environmental data.

    You must be aged 19+ to apply. We only accept applications from students who haven't completed a government funded Skills Bootcamp in the last two years.

    What are the differences between our data science short courses?

    We have three Skills Bootcamps that involve using data science to improve environmental sustainability for businesses. Each short course focuses on a different aspect of data science and its production pipeline.

    Skills Bootcamp in AI for Environmental Sustainability

    Our Skills Bootcamp in AI for Environmental Sustainability looks at different machine learning models and how they can be used in practice. You'll learn about supervised machine learning, using labelled datasets to train algorithms to classify data or predict outcomes accurately and unsupervised machine learning methods, using machine learning algorithms to analyse and cluster unlabelled datasets.

    Additionally, you'll use natural language processing (NLP) to train a machine learning model to understand text and derive the text's sentiments, while then learning how to deploy your models into production to be used within your own applications.

    Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering)

    Our Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering) focuses on the different tools and techniques required to gather, store and interrogate data. This role is the first part of the data science pipeline as you need to be able to capture the data before you can do anything with it.

    You'll learn about database theory and how to design, create and populate databases. You'll learn and use the structured query languages used for databases. As this short course focuses on databases, you’ll learn and focus on structured query language (SQL).

    This course is a more suited entry point into data science, creating a platform to then build into other data science fields.

    Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Analysis

    Our Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Analysis looks at understanding multiple sources of data and teaches you how to derive valuable insights to make data-driven decisions. You'll learn how to use a range of Microsoft software, including Excel and Power BI, and the Python programming language to analyse and visualise data.

    “I improved my web development skills, teamwork skills and my overall confidence on camera. My experience was something I'll never forget, if I could do it again I wouldn't change a thing.”

    Ash, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Web Development

    What you'll learn

    Course overview

    On this Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering) you'll use scientific methods and algorithms to extract important data and knowledge from large databases in order to make informed decisions.

    You'll learn to use Structured Query Language (SQL) to manage data that's used in database management systems. You'll also learn how to capture and store data, then use the data to create indexes that allow you to retrieve specific data, and use data views to decide how to interpret a set of data.

    During week six or seven you'll have a mock interview with a member of staff from Bath Spa University to increase your confidence in an interview setting and practise your techniques.

    Course structure

    Week one:

    • Database theory and database design patterns
    • Creating and populating a database

    Week two:

    • Querying and filtering a database
    • Data generation, manipulation and conversion

    Week three:

    • Grouping and aggregating data
    • Sub querying databases

    Week four:

    • Using conditional logic on databases
    • Using indexes and constraints

    Week five:

    • Using database views
    • Analytical functions

    Week six:

    • Understanding big data
    • Data engineering project launch

    Week seven:

    • Employability skills

    Week eight:

    • Employability skills
    • Data engineering project presentation

    Please note that the course structure is subject to change based on the needs of each cohort.

    How will I be taught?

    All teaching is online. You'll be taught by highly experienced lecturers and also benefit from guest speakers, group exercises, and online learning to ensure that you can fit the course around your other commitments.

    You'll be given the opportunity to attend extra support sessions and one to one reviews throughout the course.

    It's important to note that you're expected to spend a number of hours outside of teaching on independent study to support your learning. You'll be supported by your lecturers during your independent study.

    The course will be hands-on and includes project work based on real scenarios that form part of the assessment process.

    How will my progress be reviewed?

    Throughout your Skills Bootcamp journey your progress will be reviewed. This concludes in the creation and delivery of a course project, where you’ll have the opportunity to showcase the skills you've learned.

    What jobs will I be able to apply for?

    After completing the Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering) you'll possess the skills needed to pursue an entry-level role as a:

    • Data Scientist
    • Data Engineer
    • Database Administrator
    • Data Architect
    • Data Modeller

    “I'm so grateful for the experience and the dedication of the staff and fellow students. I will recommend this Skills Bootcamp to others."

    Nicola P, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for

    The single biggest thing we’re looking for is for you to possess an interest in learning about data science and data engineering. While some previous knowledge is desirable, the most important factor is a positive mindset.

    Eligibility requirements

    You must:

    • Be aged 19+
    • Have lived in the UK for at least three years
    • Live in Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol or South Gloucestershire
    • Have the right to live and work in the UK
    • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on your employment outcomes for up to eight months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
    • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role that utilises the skills acquired through this online short course
    • Not have completed a Skills Bootcamp funded by the Department for Education (DfE) in the past two years

    Our Skills Bootcamp in Environmental Data Science (Engineering) is funded by the DfE and therefore is free. We only accept applications from students who haven't completed a government funded Skills Bootcamp in the last two years.

    If you're being sent for training by your employer, your employer will need to pay up to 30% of the total fees depending on the size of the company. If this is the case please contact us at

    Dates and times

    The next courses start on:

    • 9 January for seven weeks, Monday and Wednesday, 10am-2pm. You'll have an additional session in week one and eight on Friday, 10am-2pm.
    • 27 February for eight weeks, Monday and Wednesday, 10am-2pm

    Please note that whilst these are the current confirmed dates, they are subject to change.

    Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. To have the best chance of securing a place, please apply as soon as possible. Applications close two weeks prior to the start date or once full.

    How to apply
    1. Complete the first stage eligibility form
    2. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria for this Skills Bootcamp we'll invite you to complete a second stage application form
    3. A member of our team will then have a quick phone call with you to discuss your objectives and ensure your suitability for this course
    4. If you are suitable for the course our team will contact you a couple of days after your phone call to offer you a place on the course
    5. Once you accept the offer, you are enrolled. You'll receive more details about the course before the start date.

    What happens after completing a Skills Bootcamp?

    Employability support

    You'll receive six months of employability support after completing a Skills Bootcamp. This includes your lecturers signposting you to networking events and job vacancies. You'll also receive a quarterly newsletter with the latest training opportunities, jobs fairs and tech events.

    Employment outcomes

    As our Skills Bootcamps are fully funded by the Department for Education, there is an expectation from the DfE that you'll keep in touch with us to let us know about any interviews or job offers you receive after completing the short course. We'll provide you with a short form that you must get your new employer to fill out in order for us to provide evidence to the DfE.

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