Why do you have to study Statistics?
Statistics is a compulsory subject for all students in Key Stage 4. While studying Statistics, you will use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems; use logic and reasoning; break down problems into small steps in order to solve them and ultimately use the skills you learn to solve real life problems.
Statisticians are to be able to:
- effectively conduct research - without the use of statistics, it would be very difficult to interpret, analyse and apply data collected from research projects
- read journals - most technical journals contain statistics within their results section. An understanding of basic statistics will provide an individual with the fundamental skills necessary to read and evaluate such articles
- develop critical and analytical thinking skills - Through knowledge of basic and/or advanced statistical concepts, you will be in a better position to critically consider and evaluate any information you have been provided both within and out of school.
GCSE Statistics incorporates numerous examples of real life data and context building that can also be applied in other subject areas. The statistical enquiry cycle allows one to interpret and apply statistical techniques to a number of scenarios. There is a large cross over between content within Statistics and Mathematics and, therefore, success in one will support success in the other.
How will I be examined?
The course is 100% exam based over 2 papers. Both papers cover collection of data, processing, representing and analysing data and probability. The duration and weighting of each paper are:
- Paper 1: 1hr 30min - 50% of the GCSE
- Paper 2; 1hr 30mins - 50% of the GCSE.
What will I study?
GCSE Statistics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into the following key areas:
- data collection
- processing, representing and analysing data
A range of content is explored under each overarching area, including
tabulation, statistical representation, sampling and summary statistics.
Recommended text books and additional reading
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Student Book
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Revision Guide
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Revision Workbook
Kevin John, Head of Statistics