Statistics

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to develop statistical fluency and understanding through:
• The use of statistical techniques in a variety of authentic investigations.
• The application of statistical techniques across the curriculum, in subjects such as the Sciences, Social Sciences, Computing, Geography, Business and Economics, and outside the classroom in the world in general
• The ability critically to evaluate data, calculations and evaluations that will be commonly encountered in their studies and in everyday life
• To understand fully how technology has enabled the collection, visualisation and analysis of large quantities of data to inform decision-making processes

Course Content

There are two externally examined papers.  Each paper is 1.5 hours (90 minutes) and together give the students 100% of the total marks for the GCSE. There are two tiers of entry – Foundation and Higher.  Students can only sit one tier of paper (Foundation or Higher, not both).  Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.  Each paper carries a total of 80 marks.  Only the most highly attaining students will be allowed to sit the Higher Tier papers

Exams and Assessment (Examination Board: Edexcel)

• The papers assess all the content of the course.
• Questions on statistical methods, familiar and unfamiliar contexts and the component parts of the statistical enquiry cycle
• The papers contains short, medium and extended response questions

Why choose Statistics?

The ability to understand statistics is a much-needed skill for everyone. Statistics is used everywhere and in every field of endeavour – teaching, medicine, technology, law etc.  From the information given to use when a mobile phone is being purchased to the counting of votes for elections, it is a course worth studying.  It also develops skills that students will use in other subjects, such as Science and Geography, and reinforces techniques needed for GCSE Mathematics, as well as supporting progression to A level Mathematics.

Statistics particularly prepares students for the following careers: • Actuarial Science (evaluating and managing financial risk) • Data Analysis • Environmental Science • Market Research • Medicine and healthcare • Public Sector • Business Owners and entrepreneurs