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Statistics A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

High mathematical ability is not essential to study this subject, but a GCSE A - C grade in Mathematics is required.

The subject may be combined with a wide range of A Level subjects and it combines well with Economics, Biology, Food Technology or Geography.

The course covers the methods of sampling and collection of data, construction of tables and diagrams, the compilation and analysis of secondary statistics, and evaluation of statistical procedures and results.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.


All units are examined and are 1½ hours. They have equal weighting.

AS Units

Statistics 1

Numerical measures, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution, Estimation, Correlation and Regression

Statistics 2

Time Series Analysis, Sampling, Poisson Distribution, Interpretation of Data, Hypothesis Testing.

Statistics 3

Contingency Tables, Sign Tests, Wilcoxon signed rank tests, Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal Wallis test, Correlation.

A2 Units

Statistics 4

Combining variables, Distributional approximations, Estimation, Hypothesis testing.

Statistics 5

Rectangular and exponential distributions, Confidence Intervals, Variance and Standard Deviation tests, Goodness of Fit tests, Two sample tests.

Statistics 6

Experimental Design, Analysis of Variance, Statistical Process Control, Acceptance Sampling.

Future opportunities

It is particularly useful for pupils who may wish to study Business Studies, Economics, Management, Accountancy, Biology or Geography at university. Statistical analysis is important in these courses and pupils can apply the statistical techniques learnt during their A Level course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Polam Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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