Exam Board: Edexcel

  • What role do statistical models play in businesses such as personal and investment banking?
  • Why are statisticians essential Government workers?
  • Why are mathematicians with skills in statistics increasingly in demand?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language, with at least a grade 5 in Higher Tier GCSE Maths.


Is this course for me?

  • A Level Statistics offers students who have a good understanding of Maths at GCSE level the chance to study how Statistics are applied to make sense of the world around us. The specification focuses on using and applying Statistics.
  • Statistics can be useful for students who need the skills and techniques for the study of and careers related to: Biology, Medical Science, Sports Science, Economics, Geography, Psychology and Business Studies. Many subjects at Degree level require the ability to work confidently with data. A Level Statistics will be very useful in both assisting you in these courses, as well as  demonstrating your ability to process and analyse data.
  • An A Level in a Mathematical related subject is valued highly by both employers and universities. There are many career options available to Statisticians: www.statslife.org.uk/careers/types-of-job


Where does it lead?

The fundamental statistical and lateral thinking skills developed by students are invaluable across all kinds of disciplines and careers. The ability to understand and analyse data is an increasingly important skill in a world of constant change. Any A Level Statistics qualification provides the bedrock for getting to the heart of numbers, shapes, movement, data and relationships. Advanced Maths is used in many jobs and has clear and obvious associations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Business Studies, Geography and Computing. Perhaps less apparently it has strong links, both aesthetically and practically with Art, Design, Music, Psychology, Law, Sociology and Sports Studies. Statistics A Level is a very useful, adaptable qualification. A Maths-related degree can lead to a great variety of careers including weather forecasting, computer games programming, in accounting or finance, scientific research design and developments, statistics, environmental science, aircraft design or drugs trial analysis – the list is endless. Maths is also an essential basis for careers in engineering and architecture.


What will I learn?

  • Probability distributions
  • Summarising and displaying data
  • Expectation
  • Correlation and regression
  • Normal distribution
  • Statistical hypothesis testing


How will I be assessed?

All assessment for this course is through written examination. At the end of the academic year you will take examinations in all areas studied. Your progress towards these examinations is tracked through half term assessments.


What activities can I get involved in?

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


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