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Statistics are freely used in the media and news but are so often misused and misinterpreted. Statistics will build on the data handling skills you developed through GCSE mathematics and will teach you more about how to work with data to analyse and draw conclusions on their reliability and validity. The course uses probability models to compare whether values observed in practice are different from what was expected and then uses hypothesis testing to justify the significance of these in the real world. As part of the course we will examine numbers that are produced in the media and ask questions about whether we can trust them.

Statistics A level focuses on the application of maths rather than the rigour of pure maths and will support topics in biology, psychology, environmental science and geography. The use of statistics is very important in a wide variety of degrees and will support applications to study biological science, medicine and social science amongst many others. If you are more interested in studying statistics to degree level then you should study A-Level mathematics instead due to its focus on the algebra part of mathematics.

Assessment at the end of Year 13 takes the form of three written 2-hour papers covering content from both years. (Edexcel)

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