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Data Science Taught Course


The Data Science Taught Course is designed for A level Mathematics and Core Maths students.

The Taught Course features weekly online lessons, with supporting study material, over a term. Students are assessed through both a practical assessment task and a short examination. The teaching and marking of the assessment is offered by MEI tutors, though schools/colleges are expected to administer the examination. Places on this course are limited.

The course focusses on the use of Python for exploring data.


  • Deepen students' knowledge of the key concepts of data science
  • Improve students' skills in using technology to gain insights from data
  • Provide an opportunity to learn more about data science for students who are interested in future study/careers in this area

Who will benefit from attending?

The course is suitable for students who are studying, or have studied, A level Mathematics or Core Mathematics.



Over a sequence of 10-11 lessons, students will cover the following aspects of data science:

  • Domain knowledge (the importance of understanding the context you are working in)
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Presentation of data and visualisations
  • Modelling with data and machine learning

Each lesson will focus on a particular aspect of data science, using , and include opportunities for students to explore some coding tasks using Python. Students will work on real data taken from different contexts, including topics such as the environment, health, commerce, and world development indicators.


Homework tasks will be set throughout the course:

  • Week 3: Exploratory data analysis on the data set.
  • Week 5: Use of presentation tools/visualisations.
  • Week 8: Building a model based on the data.


Assessment for this course comes in two parts:

  1. Practical task
    Students will complete and submit homework tasks. They will be offered  data sets in different contexts on which to base their work. Tutors will feed back on these tasks individually and students will submit a practical task based on these at the end of the course.
  2. One-hour written assessment
    Students will sit a one-hour written examination in school or college after they have completed the course. The examination will be provided and marked by the MEI tutors. Schools and colleges are expected to administer this by ensuring that the students sit it under examination conditions.

Materials and Equipment

Students will require access to an internet-connected computer for the live lessons and the coding tasks. 

The course is delivered via Integral using a live online teaching platform. The coding tasks are accessed via Kaggle; alternative versions are available for schools/colleges that wish to host them locally.

The course materials can also be shared with any schools/colleges that wish to deliver the course themselves.

Other Information


Students who complete the course and the assessments will be awarded an MEI certificate.


Each class will be hosted by two tutors from MEI. The tutors for this course are Emma Bell, Tom Button, Ian Dickerson and Natalie Vernon.

Applying for the course

Applications for the next cohort will open in September. If you wish to be notified when applications open please complete the Expression of interest form.


Key Facts

  • Event ref#8811
  • AudienceStudents
  • Curriculum focusA level Mathematics, Core Maths
  • Mathematical focusStatistics, Use of Technology
  • Event formatStudent course
  • Event Length3 month(s)
  • Online Sessions11
  • FeeFree


If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Tom Button
[email protected]