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Statistics AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

Statistics will introduce you to the main statistical methods used today in a wide range of research, such as in Psychology, Sociology, Biology and Economics. You will learn about the concepts behind these statistical methods and be able to make informed decisions about which statistical method is best suited to analyse a particular data set. You will also explore a variety of data representations and ways to collect data.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • the measure of central tendency
  • measures of spread
  • probability
  • a variety of data organisation, distributions and non-parametric data analysis
  • the application of Statistics to control manufacturing

On the course you will:

  • explore a variety of statistical methods through practical activities and theoretical scenarios
  • learn about advantages and limitations of each statistical method
  • the most important statistical methods
  • explore the meanings behind statistical statements made by press, politicians, economists and others

Please note: Statistics is a challenging A-level which you are strongly advised to research well before choosing as one of your subject options.

Entry requirements

You will need to have averaged grade B in the majority of your GCSEs and have a minimum of grade 6 in Mathematics.


Both AS-level and A2 consist of three modules each and are assessed by written examinations.

Future opportunities

Successfully passing AS/A-level Statistics will prepare you for university courses that include modules on Quantitative Research Methods (Statistics), such as Statistics, Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Geography and Business Studies or Economics. Many degrees now include a Statistics module in the first year. AS/A2 Statistics is a very useful preparation for this often challenging module.

Further information

Statistics will be of particular help with your college coursework if you are studying Biology, Geography or Psychology.

If you are interested in studying Statistics at university, you will also need to study A-level Mathematics. If you enjoy Statistics, but find algebra difficult, then this course presents a valid alternative to A-level Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.