Why should you study Statistics?
GCSE Statistics will provide you with a varied and useful ‘toolbox’ of skills with which you can understand a wide variety of mathematical problems.
· Assess the appropriateness of statistical methodologies and the conclusions drawn through the application of the statistical enquiry cycle.
· Interpret statistical information and results in context and reason statistically to draw conclusions.
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding, using appropriate terminology and notation, of standard statistical techniques used to collect and represent information as well as calculate summary statistics and probabilities.
How is the course assessed?
The qualification consists of two externally examined papers at each tier – foundation and higher, similar to Maths GCSE.
Each paper is 90 minutes long and count for 50% of the final mark.
· The papers contain short, medium and extended response questions.
· Questions cover statistical methods, familiar and unfamiliar contexts and the component parts of the statistical enquiry cycle.
· Calculators may be used in both examinations.
What else could you get out of Statistics?
How do they predict the weather? Can you predict the future that well?
Statistics is the study of making good guesses. Making well-reasoned predictions about the future, as well as making justified assumptions about why something has happened, are some of the key rationales in the study of statistics.
GCSE statistics will involve studying probabilities, manipulating datasets, exploring sampling methods and forming hypotheses – statements that we try to prove if they are true or false.
It will also improve your Maths as there is an overlap of content between the courses.
Statistics are used widely in medicine, business, science, teaching and politics and so having a deep
Understanding of how to handle and interpret statistics will be advantageous.
If you want to study maths at A-Level the Statistics GCSE will be very useful. This is also true of subjects like biology, psychology, sociology and geography, as they often use statistics to draw conclusions of the world around them and feature within their A-Level courses.
Attitudes to Learning
A positive attitude and a willingness to work independently both in school and at home. You need to be prepared to be open minded, to make mistakes and learn from them. It helps to be good at working both individually and as part of a team in order to develop those crucial communication skills.