The aim of the course
GCSE Statistics gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a key component of maths that is relevant to everyday life. They’ll develop a core statistical grounding, as well as transferable skills and understanding that’s applicable to a range of other subjects. It will also benefit those progressing to A-level Maths as well as other A-level subjects such as the Sciences, Geography and Psychology.
The course structure
The examination board for this subject is AQA, with examinations taken at the end of year 11. Students will be taught to:
- Understand the importance of the careful planning of a clear strategy for collecting, recording and processing data in order to address an identified question or hypothesis.
- Recognise the opportunities, constraints and implications for subsequent mathematical analysis involved in obtaining appropriate data through careful design of primary data collection techniques or through the use of reference sources for secondary data to ensure unbiased research.
- Generate data visualisation and understand the mathematics required to derive these visualisations.
- Calculate statistical measures to compare data.
- Use visualisation and calculation to interpret results with reference to the context of the problem, and to evaluate the validity and reliability of statistical findings.
How the course is assessed
Assessment of GCSE Statistics is entirely examination based, consisting of two equally weighted papers.
GCSE Statistics has a foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a higher tier (grades 4-9). Students must take both question papers at the same tier. Both question papers must be taken in the same series.
The information in the table below is the same for both foundation and higher tiers.
Resources, additional information and websites
Home learning will be set weekly. Students have access to computers and printers in school if required. For full course information and support information please see:
Head of Subject Presentation – Giles Clarkson