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Apprenticeship training course

Social researcher (level 6)

Provide robust research and analysis that forms the foundation for social policy development, implementation, and evaluation, impacting important decisions that seek to ensure the best possible investment of public money and outcomes for members of society.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
42 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Research executive
  • Research officer
  • Researcher
  • Senior research executive
  • Social researcher
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret research objectives and recommend which research methods are the most appropriate to meet objectives.
  • Lead on the design of smaller research or evaluation studies and collaborate with others to design larger studies.
  • Lead and design data collection tools such as topic guides and questionnaires.
  • Undertake data collection using qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
  • Design research projects with consideration of sustainability best practice including reducing carbon emissions.
  • Undertake quality assurance and checks to avoid data errors.
  • Work with commercial teams and contractors to commission and deliver social research.
  • Project manage smaller research projects and manage discrete workstreams within larger studies.
  • Interpret and apply relevant legislation, Regulations, Codes of Practice, and ethical guidance where appropriate to their work.
  • Clean, analyse, and manipulate qualitative and quantitative data, including descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
  • Evaluate and bring together evidence from a range of sources to inform decisions.
  • Interpret and derive insights from quantitative, qualitative, and secondary analytical and research outputs.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and research customers to design research projects.
  • Use influencing and negotiation skills and techniques to design and deliver research projects.
  • Develop and deliver analytical or professional training teach-ins or documents for others.
  • Report and present on research findings, adapting the approach for different audiences.
  • Organise and lead meetings, using digital collaboration tools to work with colleagues.
  • Use software to clean, manage, manipulate, and analyse qualitative and quantitative research data and identify solutions to research questions.

Full information on Social researcher (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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