Statistics is becoming increasingly popular and many A levels and degree courses will have an element of Statistics within them. It appeals to students who want to study a numerate A level but don’t want to study Pure Maths. It can be particularly useful for students who need the skills and techniques of Statistics for the study of and careers related to: Biology, Economics, Geography, Psychology and Business Studies.
A level Statistics provides students with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data, which are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences.
A good base in Mathematics (pass at GCSE level) is essential along with a good level of English. To progress to A2 Statistics, it is important that you have satisfactorily completed the AS course.
A level Statistics is made up of six compulsory units – three at AS and three at A2.
Topics include Data handling, estimation, sampling, probability, probability distributions and approximations, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
|All modules are all equally weighted and are each assessed by an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes.
The examination board is AQA and is currently the only awarding body offering a full A-level qualification in Statistics.
Where does it lead?
An A level in Statistics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any Science, Social Science or Maths-based course or Medicine, Law or Management. It will be invaluable if you are thinking about Actuarial Science as a career.
Career opportunities for students who study A level Statistics include: industry, management, healthcare, accountancy, finance, economics, insurance, medicine, law, social work, communications, veterinary science and engineering.