Course Aims

Using and understanding data is becoming increasingly important in many areas of study and employment. This may appeal to a student seeking to pursue the study of a numerate post-16 subject but not wishing to study pure mathematics. This A level focuses on using and applying statistics, appropriate interpretation of contexts and the outcomes of statistical procedures will be required. Learners will develop logical, problem-solving skills to succeed in their chosen pathway. Skills include understanding statistical enquiry and practising the underpinning statistical calculations using real-world data and authentic contexts. This A level works well with subjects such as A level Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies and Economics.

Entry Requirements

You will require a grade 6 in mathematics at higher level, in addition to the general entry requirements.

Course Content

Topics include:
Paper 1

  • Data and probability
  • Numerical measures, graphs and diagrams
  • Probability & probability distributions
  • Sampling

Paper 2

  • Statistical inference
  • Correlation and regression
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Confidence intervals
  • Goodness of fit tests
  • Analysis of variance
  • The statistical enquiry cycle

Paper 3

  • Statistics in practice
  • Any of the above topics.


You will be assessed by a series of 3 external examinations, each 2 hours long.


Dudley Sixth will loan the recommended textbooks. Scientific calculators are required.


This course aims to give students the tools needed to help them prepare for higher education and employment. Statistics is an excellent choice if you are planning to follow a career path into sectors such as finance or business.