UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Introduction to SPSS

10:00 am to 4:30 pm, 04 June 2019

This one-day course offers an introduction to the uses and functions of the statistical software SPSS including data entry and editing, and the basics of analyses and graphs. The course is ideally suited to those with little/no experience with SPSS, but basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous.

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This is a practical course that will introduce delegates to SPSS and its uses for statistical analysis through hands-on experience. The course is suitable for individuals who are new to SPSS or who feel they would benefit from a refresher course. No prior knowledge of SPSS is assumed; however, knowledge of basic statistics (e.g., p-values, significance tests) is advantageous. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Getting started with SPSS files
  • Data entry: manually and from excel
  • Editing and organising datasets
  • SPSS options and functions
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Graphical displays
  • Parametric significance tests
  • Nonparametric significance tests

Please note: this is not a statistical theory course, it is intended to teach delegates about the SPSS software. As such, dedicated time cannot be given to describing and explaining theory and statistical tests (these are taught on our 5 day course - 'Introduction to research methods and statistics').

For delegates bringing their own laptop for the course, we recommend using a recent version of SPSS (e.g., 22-25) for maximum compatibility with the notes provided during the course.


Course fees

External Delegates (Non UCL)£200.00
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni (incl. ICH/GOSH)£100.00 *

* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you hold an official contract with the university.

Prices include printed course materials, refreshments and lunch from 12.45-1.45pm.


Please note that no refunds will be given for cancellations made within five working days of the course start date or for non-attendance. This is needed to cover printing, catering, etc. costs that are ordered no later than 5 days before the course.

Future Dates (10.00am-4.30pm)
4th June, 201910.00am - 4.30pm^Add to waiting list

^Registration period is 9.45am-10.00am with tea and coffee served and the course will begin at 10.00am. Delegates are expected to arrive at 9.45am to log in and set up their computer ready for the start of the course.

Future Dates (evening)

^Registration period is from 5.15pm with tea and coffee served and the course will begin at 5.30pm. Delegates are expected to arrive at 5.15pm to log in and set up their computer ready for the start of the course.


"Very useful course- the lecturer was excellent and moved at a good pace. I learned so much in a short period of time about how to use SPSS, which will certainly be relevant in my work."

"It was an excellent course covering quite a lot of material but at a pace I found I could follow. Thank you very much, I will recommend it to my colleagues."

"Just excellent!!! Teacher was clear, concise and complete!"

"It was very helpful that the trainer is a user of the application in her broader work so was able to share practical insight and tips. She was also very skilful in balancing the gaps in statistical knowledge amongst the group and the progress of the day."

"A very useful course with easy-to-follow practicals with detailed instructions. I am new user of SPSS and now I feel I am more comfortable in using it!"