Statistics

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

A level Statistics builds from GCSE level mathematics and distributions, hypothesis testing and their applications. It draws on ideas from data analysis and probability covered at GCSE and extends them in to new ideas. Students will cover a range of topics involving new ideas and some they have already covered. They will look at applied statistics and how these may be used in real life contexts. Students will be encouraged to solve problems and will be expected to answer questions with less scaffolding than GCSE questions combining their subject knowledge and problem solving skills.

Year 2

Year 2 A level Statistics builds on statistics covered in year 1 and develops ideas around the statistical enquiry cycle and the ability to analyse problems and draw conclusions. The use of technology to analyse data is also a key element of the course and the ability to use hypothesis testing to draw conclusions. It emphasises how statistical ideas are interconnected and how statistics can be applied to model situations with data using probability, distributions, graphs and charts. There are opportunities to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of statistics.

Curriculum:

As a student of Statistics, you will develop your knowledge, reasoning and analytical skills and the ability to solve problems through a variety of different lessons. You will have success in all Statistics lessons you attend and will have many lightbulb moments as you discover new ideas and understanding of those new ideas. You will develop a greater understanding of the use of Statistics in the wider world and will understand how this may relate to you in your future career.

Progression

A level Statistics will be a huge benefit to many University courses that involve a large element of
statistics including biology, geography, psychology, economics, business and you can also take your statistics further by studying it at university which can lead you into a variety of roles.

Careers

Accountancy/finance; actuary; air traffic controller; forensics; data analyst; statistician.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 6 – 9 in GCSE Mathematics Or Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics with Grade 6 in GCSE Statistics

Assessment

Initial assessment during enrolment.

Opportunities for work related activities

‘Women in Engineering’, robotics, statistics and mechanics taster sessions. ‘Maths Inspiration’ at the Bristol Hippodrome.