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 reason to solve problems
  • Break down problems into small steps in order to solve them
  • 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 make decisions based on the data collected from a research project
  • Read journals. Most technical journals contain statistics within their results section. An understanding of basic statistics will provide you with the fundamental skills necessary to read and evaluate these results sections
  • Develop our critical and analytic thinking skills
  • Be an informed consumer. Individuals can mislead with statistics,reporting erroneous statistical conclusions. If you know some of the basic statistical concepts, you will be in a better position to evaluate the information you have been given

GCSE Statistics incorporates numerous examples of real life data and contexts building skills that you will use in other subjects. The statistical enquiry cycle will allow you to interpret and apply statistical techniques to a number of scenarios. There is a large cross over with the content in 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.

  • 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 areas:

  • Collection of data
  • Processing, representing and analysing data
  • Probability

Recommended text books, additional reading and online resources

  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Student Book
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Revision Guide
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Statistics Revision Workbook