Huddersfield New College
Statistics

The study of A level Statistics equips you with the skills to be able to collect, process, analyse and interpret data. These are vital skills which broaden your wider mathematical and numerical knowledge and many employers and university courses are looking for applicants who are both numerate and able to handle data. Statistics combines well with subjects such as Biology, Economics, Business Studies and Psychology.

The offer of Statistics as an A level subject is pending Government approval in summer 2017. If this is not received, an alternative subject choice to support your career options will need to be made.

Specific requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

The offer of Statistics as an A level subject is pending Government approval in summer 2017.  If this is not received, an alternative subject choice to support your career options will need to be made.

General entry criteria will also apply.

What will I study?

Year 1

In the first year you will study a variety of topics to ensure a very good grounding in the subject. These include:

•  Numerical measures, graphs and diagrams

•  Probability

•  Population and samples (How would you select a sample of 60 college
   students?)

•  Probability distributions (What is the probability of there being 5 people at
   the checkout at the local supermarket?)

•  The binomial distribution

•  The Normal distribution

•  Correlation and regression (Are longer books more expensive than
    short books?)

•  Hypothesis testing as needed in industry, commerce and scientific
    research

•  Contingency tables

•  One and two sample non-parametric tests

Year 2

In the second year you will study more advanced topics to gain a full A Level in Statistics. The topics build on the knowledge, skills and understanding seen in year one.

These include:

•  Bayes theorem

•  Poisson and Exponential distributions

•  Experimental design

•  Confidence intervals

•  Goodness of fit

•  Analysis of variance

Who Studies A Level Statistics?

Data handling occurs in many other subjects that partner well with A Level Statistics, e.g.

• A Level Maths
• A Level Psychology
• A Level Biology
• A Level Chemistry
• A Level Economics
• A Level Business

Where Can A Level Statistics Take Me?

Data handling skills, and the ability to apply statistical modelling to the real world,  are essential for students applying for university degrees in

• Accountancy
• Economics
• Psychology
• Biomedical Sciences
• Statistics

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