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Statistics A-Level

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What is A-Level Statistics?

Statistics is used in everything from deciding how much orange juice Booths or Aldi 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 calculators which are available to purchase at a reduced price through College once the course has started.

What Will You Study?

Statistics A-Level Reading List >

  • 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
  • Exponential distribution
  • Experimental design
  • Bayes’ theorem
  • Confidence intervals
  • Goodness of Fit tests
  • Errors and power
  • Cohen’s d

What Next?

Students with an A-Level in Statistics have found their skills to be valuable when taking degrees in Biology, Business Analytics, 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, 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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Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in Maths and 5 in the English Language.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Maths, Biology, Geography, Psychology, PE, Chemistry, Sociology, Business Studies and Economics.

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