Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill, and this specification aims to give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and the workplace.
A Level Statistics might appeal to the student seeking to pursue the study of a numerate post-16 subject but not wishing to study pure mathematics. It sits well with subjects such as A level Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies and Economics.
The emphasis is on using and applying statistics; appropriate interpretation of contexts and the outcomes of statistical procedures will be required
What will I study?
The A level Statistics specification is changing for first teaching in 2017. As such, students will only be examined at the end of their second year.
Content will focus on using distributions to make predictions and completing hypothesis tests to test the validity of assertions made about data in a variety of practical contexts.
Students will sit three papers at the end of their second year, each lasting for one hour 30 minutes.
As part of our commitment to ensuring students enjoy the challenges that studying mathematics brings, we arrange a number of activities throughout the year to enrich their experience.
These include opportunities to apply their knowledge to real world examples and trips to identify where the statistics students study in class will be used in the real world.
Where might it lead?
Studying Statistics is a great course to complement work in the sciences or social sciences. Most students will go on to a career in one of the following areas: statistics/data analysis, psychology, biology, geography, business and social sciences