A LEVEL STATISTICS
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Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill, and this A Level aims to give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and the workplace.
Statistics might appeal to students wishing 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 in real world situations. It will also appeal to students who enjoyed the statistics and probability components of the GCSE but found the algebra demanding.
This course is made up of 3 exams.
Each exam is 2 hours in length and worth 1/3 of the A Level.
They will all require the use of a specific calculator.
The first exam is Data and Probability.
Topics include numerical measures, graphs and diagrams, population and samples, Binomial distribution, Normal distribution, correlation and linear regression, Bayes’ theorem, experimental design, exponential and Poisson distributions.
The second exam is Statistical Inference.
Topics include correlation and linear regression, introduction to hypothesis testing, contingency tables, one and two sample non-parametric tests, experimental design, sampling, estimates and resampling, significance testing, confidence intervals, paired tests, goodness of fit, analysis of variance.
The third exam is Statistics in Practice.
Questions may be set on any of the topics within the specification, including the Statistical Enquiry Cycle (SEC).
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