Why study GCSE Statistics?
Studying GCSE Statistics allows you to broaden your knowledge on a key component of Mathematics which, though a limited feature of GCSE Mathematics, is an important and useful feature of every day life. Students who enjoy Mathematics and are likely to attain a grade 6 or above in that subject, would benefit from developing core statistical grounding and skills that transfer into the further post-16 study of Mathematics, as well as Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business and Economics. It is important to be clear that Statistics is a distinct GCSE from GCSE Mathematics, with different content and therefore, requires additional study of material that does not relate to GCSE Mathematics.
How is the course structured?
The course covers three strands of statistics: the collection of data and processing; representing and analysing data; and probability. Students will be trained to assess the appropriateness of statistical methodologies and the conclusions drawn through the application of the statistical enquiry cycle. They will interpret statistical information and results in context and reason statistically to draw conclusions.
Alongside lessons, students will undertake small projects where they produce a
hypothesis, plan the data collection and then analyse the outcomes. These activities allow students to experience the application of statistics to truly understand the realities, expectations and limitations of the data collection cycle in the real world.
How will I be assessed?
The course is split into two evenly weighted papers sat at the end of Year 11. These exam papers focus on the same content and skills.
This therefore gives students and teachers the opportunity to reflect after the first paper to identify what work needs to be done to strengthen the students’ performance on the second paper.