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Higher Diploma in Financial Services Analytics
IFS Specialist Level Apprenticeship (Level 8 on NFQ)

As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.
Course content

Semester 1Off-the-job modulesOn-the-job modules
OneProgramme for Big DataBusiness Data Analysis
TwoFinancial Markets I
ThreeBusiness Data Analysis
Semester Off-the-job modulesOn-the-job modules
OneFinancial Markets IIWork Based Learning
TwoData Management
ThreeData Mining & Machine Learning

This is a two year, earn while you learn apprenticeship programme with an approved employer. It combines on the job training with academic study.

Course Structure
This programme is structured over two year calendar years (September to August inclusive). Off-the-job modules run over six 12 week semesters while on-the-job modules are structured to run over three semesters each with final deliverables submissions to coincide with the end of Semester 3 and Semester 6. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and terminal exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of evidence in year 1 and a final project in year 2.

Entry Requirements
Learners graduating with a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 in any discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.