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If you’re looking to study data science at the Open University, DataCamp can help you prepare ahead of time, whether you’re in the process of applying or waiting to start your course.

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  • Practice and apply your skills

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Popular Courses for Open University Students


Introduction to Data Science in Python

Dive into data science using Python and learn how to effectively analyze and visualize your data. No coding experience or skills needed.

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Hillary Green-Lerman

Lead Data Scientist, Looker


Introduction to Statistics in R

Grow your statistical skills and learn how to collect, analyze, and draw accurate conclusions from data.

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Maggie Matsui

Curriculum Manager at DataCamp


Introduction to Statistics

Learn how to explore, visualize, and extract insights from data.

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George Boorman

Core Curriculum Manager, DataCamp


Intermediate Python

Level up your data science skills by creating visualizations using Matplotlib and manipulating DataFrames with pandas.

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Hugo Bowne-Anderson

Data Scientist at DataCamp


Introduction to Linear Modeling in Python

Explore the concepts and applications of linear models with python and build models to describe, predict, and extract insight from data patterns.

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Jason Vestuto

Data Scientist, University of Texas at Austin


Machine Learning for Everyone

An introduction to machine learning with no coding involved.

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Hadrien Lacroix

Curriculum Manager at DataCamp

Prepare to Study Data Science at The Open University


The Open Univerity’s data science qualifications cover the following data science topics:

  • Machine learning
  • Programming in Python and R
  • Statistical modeling
  • Algorithms and data structures 
  • Probability

While you are not required to have any prior data science knowledge, it is best to be as prepared as possible. You may find it helpful to learn the data science fundamentals and get some hands-on practice, and you can do so with DataCamp.


Practice your Data Skills

Put your knowledge to the test with DataCamp's Practice feature. With over 50 practice sessions, keep your skills sharp with quick, daily challenges. Whether you are currently applying to the Open University or waiting to start a course, these practices and projects can help you hone your data science skills. 

With DataCamp Projects, you can practice your data skills by solving real-world problems. Our wide range of projects allows you to test your skills in different areas. You can filter the projects by technology, topic, and guidance option (guided or unguided).

Work with Real Datasets

DataCamp gives you the opportunity to practice your programming skills using real-world datasets. Analyze a range of datasets from entertainment data such as Netflix movies to real estate data such as Airbnb listings. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, as each dataset comes with a set of challenges and scenarios.

Gain Sharable Statements of Accomplishments

For each DataCamp course you complete, you will receive a statement of accomplishment that you can download or share on LinkedIn. If you have no prior data science qualifications and are applying for data science at the Open University, this can act as an indication of your data science knowledge.

Compile Your Own Portfolio

With DataCamp Workspace, you can build up a shareable portfolio of all your completed data science projects. Whether to show as part of your Open University application or as a way to keep track of your progress. Workspace has everything you need to build a solid portfolio, from templates with prewritten code to real-world datasets. You can even connect your own data!

The Open University Data Science FAQs

Does The Open University have a data science MSC?

The Open University does not currently offer a data science MSc.

Can I learn data science on my own?

It is possible to learn data science on your own, especially with online courses and tutorials. There is no right way to learn data science, it depends on which method works best for you.

What skills do I need before enrolling in a data science course at The Open University?

If you wish to study data science at The Open University, you must have the required skills for the compulsory mathematics module. For those who do not have the skills, you can take an additional mathematics module to help you learn them.

What are The Open University entry requirements?

The Open University does not have any entry requirements for most courses. You are not required to have any formal qualifications or prior education. However, they do recommend that your written and spoken English is of a certain level to make your time there easier.

Do employers like Open University degrees?

through studying on campus. Employers often admire the work ethic displayed by distance learning graduates.

Is a BSc in Data Science good?

A BSc in Data Science can prepare you with the skills you need for a range of careers in different industries. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, you will gain a vast amount of knowledge applicable to different fields. As there is a high demand for data scientists, a degree in data science can be very beneficial.

Can DataCamp support my studies at The Open University?

With DataCamp, you can practice your data science skills alongside your studies at The Open University. Using our platform, you can top up your knowledge with our courses and showcase your new skills by working on projects.

Ready to learn?

With our online learning platform, you take an array of courses across different competency levels, all at your own pace. If you’re preparing for your data science journey at The OU, DataCamp is here to help.

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