Mathematics - Statistics *NEW*

Entry Requirements

Mathematics GCSE grade 5 and English Language grade 4.


About This Course

A Level Statistics is not only an application of Mathematics but is a budding field of study in its own right. Statistics is used in everything from deciding how much cheese Tesco or Lidl will buy next year, to whether or not a new drug will indeed cure a serious illness. Statistics A Level is a subject relating to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation and presentation of data. This branch of Mathematics is used in situations involving variability or uncertainty, such as weather forecasting, finance or assessing the effects of medicines.  For the Statistics course, we highly recommend the Casio fx-CG50 calculator.


Course Content & Assessment

The course builds upon the Statistics and Probability components of GCSE Mathematics and introduces new topics.  These are assessed by three (two hour) examinations, which will take place at the end of the second year of study. All three exams are weighted equally and include the following topics:

  • Numerical measures – averages and spread
  • Reading and interpreting statistical diagrams
  • Probability theory
  • Discrete random variables
  • Binomial probability distribution
  • Normal distribution
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Sampling
  • Approximations
  • Hypothesis tests for the mean
  • Hypothesis tests for proportions
  • Non-parametric tests
  • Contingency tables
  • Poisson distribution
  • Linear combinations


What could this course lead to?

Students with an A Level in Statistics have found their skills to be valuable when taking degrees in Anthropology, Biology, Business Studies, Geography and Psychology. You may be surprised at just how many interesting jobs there are for statisticians, such as an Actuary,  Accountant, Environmental Statistician, Government Statistician, Sports Statistician, Pharmaceutical Statistician, Biometrician, Forensic Statistician, Health Service Statistician, Medical Statistician,  Analyst, School Teacher and University Lecturer. Statistics is now used so widely that many employers would see a qualification in Statistics as a distinct advantage.

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