Statistics at Varndean College


A Level Statistics will help students to develop the skills of statistical enquiry and practise statistical calculations and interpretation using real-world data in authentic contexts. The course supports skills development for progression to a range of other subjects and develops an awareness of statistics beyond the classroom.

A Level Statistics will appeal to the students seeking to pursue the study of a numerate post-16 subject, but not wishing to study pure Mathematics. It sits well with subjects such as: Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies & Economics

TOPICS COVERED
  • Numerical measures, graphs and diagrams
  • Probability
  • Population and samples
  • Introduction to probability distributions
  • Binomial distribution
  • Normal distribution
  • Correlation and linear regression
  • Introduction to hypothesis testing
  • Contingency tables
  • One and two sample non-parametric tests

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
A Level
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
Examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework.
CAREER PATHWAYS

In particular, this qualification provides a foundation in statistics for students seeking to undertake Higher Education in Social Sciences, Biological Sciences or Medicine and related health studies.

Statisticians can work in a wide variety of sectors, these are some examples: Healthcare environment, pharmaceutical industry quality control, Government statisticians, Actuaries
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill and this course will give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and the workplace.
OTHER INFORMATION
You will need to purchase and use a graphical calculator as most of the numerical calculations are carried out on these calculators.
ENQUIRIES TO
Penny Sinden: pjs@varndean.ac.uk