Single Module Level 4

Data Analysis for Business

Salford Business School




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

Data is the currency of business, and this short course explores how you can capture and leverage it for your organisation. If you’re a sales professional, marketing manager or product developer and you want to use data analysis techniques for forecasting, budgeting, accounting and reporting, this short course will help you stay ahead of the curve.

Our Business School experts will teach you how to analyse data from a range of business operations, make numbers meaningful, and apply your learning directly in the workplace. You will also get the opportunity to complete a Microsoft Office Specialist Excel qualification.

This course has been designed to fit around your existing commitments. It’s delivered 100% online, and you’ll be able to study flexibly at a pace that suits you.

Funding available

If you need help to cover the cost of some, or all, of this course, tuition fee loans are available for eligible students. Find out more

On this course you will:
  • Learn how to use Microsoft Excel to analyse and present business data.
  • Learn how to use and interpret quantitative methods in data analysis, communicate data-driven decisions and recognise the demands of data.
  • Understand the underlying infrastructure organisations need to collect, manage and process data.
  • Explore the ethical and legal issues of data manipulation.

This is for you if...


You want to enhance your data skills for a career in business.


You want to explore a range of analytical techniques used in Microsoft Excel to manipulate business data.


You are eager to learn how business data can be turned into actionable insights that inform decision making.

Course details

All about the course

This course is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts and methods used to analyse business data. You will begin by learning essential data analysis techniques and understand how to present information in an evidence-based way. As you develop, the course will teach you how to calculate statistical measures, such as averages, correlation and regression. By the end of the course, you will be able to present the data you have analysed using VLOOKUP, pivot charts and tables. You will also get the opportunity to complete a Microsoft Office Specialist Excel qualification.

What will I be doing?


Data analysis report


Microsoft Office Specialist Excel exam


This course is delivered online. Each week you will work through study materials in your digital workbook, designed to develop your understanding of a variety of statistical measures that can be used in day-to-day business analysis. You will also attend a weekly online session with your course tutor where you can develop your knowledge, ask questions and get feedback on your assignments. Each week you will spend approximately two hours on your digital workbook and one hour in a session with your tutor.


You will complete a data analysis report. If appropriate, this can relate directly to the organisation you work for. To successfully complete this course, you will also complete the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel qualification.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

After this course you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you gain directly in your workplace. You will have a strong understanding of how to analyse business data, communicate insights and make informed, data-driven decisions. If you are interested in further study, you can also progress onto an undergraduate course in business.

Career Links

We’re proud of our links with industry and how they benefit our students. By consulting with business and digital transformation specialists in national and global organisations, we make sure you learn key skills that can be applied directly in your workplace.

You’ll get the opportunity to gain real-world knowledge and work on projects that mirror practices used in businesses today. Based five minutes from Manchester and linked to MediaCity, Salford Business School is at the heart of the dynamic Greater Manchester business sector. 


What you need to know

This 30 credit course starts on Monday 19 September and takes up to 12 weeks to complete. It's a distance learning course, so you will be taught online. See the accordion below for more details about entry requirements.



    Entry requirements

    Standard entry requirements

    You will need 96 UCAS points, plus English and Maths GCSE at grades A – C or  9 – 4, or an equivalent level 2 qualification.

    Alternative entry requirements

    If you don’t meet our standard entry requirements but have relevant experience, we will consider your application in line with our Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) process.

    The APL process could help you to make your work and life experience count. It can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2022/23 £2,200 per 30 credit module
    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs, which may include books, stationery and printing.

    Funding available

    Tuition fee loans are available to help you pay for this course. For students studying our 30 credit short courses, you can apply for the full cost of the course (£2,200).

    The loans are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and applications are made to Student Finance England. You should apply for your loan once you have received your offer letter from us, and before your course starts.

    For more information about applying for student finance, including the eligibility criteria for this course, please visit the Government’s dedicated Higher Education Short Course Loans webpage.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2022

    September 2023