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A Level Statistics at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

Why study Statistics at Thornleigh Sixth Form?

Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill, and this specification aims to give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and the workplace.

AS and A Level Statistics might appeal to the student 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 A level Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies and Economics. The emphasis is on using and applying statistics; appropriate interpretation of contexts and the outcomes of statistical procedures will be required.

Course content

Course description:

A Level Statistics is a challenging 2 year course that requires students to:

  • Understand the application of techniques within the framework of the statistical enquiry cycle and the research methodologies used in experiments and surveys

  • Apply statistical techniques to data sourced from a variety of contexts, appreciating when samples or population data could be used and applying appropriate sampling techniques

  • Generate and interpret the diagrams, graphs and measurement techniques used in performing statistical investigations

  • Understand how technology has enabled the collection, visualisation and analysis of large data sets to inform decision-making processes in public, commercial and academic sectors

  • Develop skills in interpretation and critical evaluation of methodology including justifying the techniques used for statistical problem solving

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE qualifications at grades 4-9 plus a 5 in Mathematics


How will I be assessed?


The A Level course is examined at the end of two years via three external 2 hour exams all weighted at 33.3% of the final grade. The three papers are titled:

  1. Data and probability

  2. Statistical Inference

  3. Statistics in Practice

Future opportunities


Where will this lead me/progression?


Most statistics students combine this course with another finance related qualification to access University and apprenticeship routes related to business and finance:

  • Accountancy

  • Business management

  • Marketing

  • Geographical and environmental based studies

  • Banking and financial support routes

Further information

What support will I receive?

Although the Statistics A Level is a new course, it will be staffed with specialist Maths, Economics and Business Studies teachers who are highly experienced and deliver great results. All resources will be provided for students and you will be able to access intervention sessions outside of the school day, online and during your independent study time.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 24