Statistics

Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill, and this A Level aims to give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and the workplace. Statistics might appeal to students wishing to pursue the study of a numerate post-16 subject but not wishing to study pure mathematics. It sits well with subjects such as A level Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies and Economics. The emphasis is on using and applying statistics in real world situations. It will also appeal to students who enjoyed the statistics and probability components of the GCSE but found the algebra demanding.

Entry requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. We will give consideration to Grade 5 students, taking into account their overall performance at GCSE. The qualification builds upon the statistics and probability components of GCSE Mathematics

  • Course Outline
    • Paper 1: Data and Probability (2 hours)

      Topics include numerical measures, graphs and diagrams, population and samples, Binomial distribution, Normal distribution, correlation and linear regression, Bayes’ theorem, experimental design, exponential and Poisson distributions.

      Paper 2: Statistical Inference (2 hours)

      Topics include correlation and linear regression, introduction to hypothesis testing, contingency tables, one and two sample non-parametric tests, experimental design, sampling, estimates and resampling, significance testing, confidence intervals, paired tests, goodness of fit, analysis of variance.

      Paper 3: Statistics in Practice

      Questions may be set on any of the topics within the specification, including the Statistical Enquiry Cycle (SEC).

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Students can progress from this qualification to:

      • a range of different, relevant academic or vocational higher education qualifications
      • employment in a relevant sector
      • further training

      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.

      You may be surprised at just how many interesting jobs there are for statisticians. There is a long list which includes jobs in forensics, environmental science, the medical industry, market research, the sports industry, the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Trips and Visits
        • UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
        • Maths Inspiration Lecture
        • Maths Fest
        • Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Lecture
        • Making Maths at Manchester
        • Problem Solving Course
        • Trip abroad

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2017 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.