Course Overview

In A Level Statistics you should be prepared to learn about analysing data to understand the world around us. The focus is on numerical analysis of real world problems. This includes topics which are relevant to the collection, collation, presentation and interpretation of data. You will also work with statistical distributions which you will not have met in GCSE Maths and will use these distributions in your analysis. The course has very little algebra content.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (two at a grade 6 and three at a grade 4) including English.

  • Grade 6 in Maths is preferred. 
  • Students with grade 5 may be considered.

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While many jobs may not appear to require the study of statistics, the subject can lead to many important employment skills. Students learn to solve a variety of problems, adapting their knowledge to different areas of the syllabus. Statistics also teaches the need for clear communication. Solutions must be well presented, using correct terminology and notation.
Statisticians often work in conjunction with professionals from fields such as Biology, Economics, Engineering, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology, Marketing, Education and Sports. Most careers will have some requirement to interpret information and analyse statistical data.

Course Outline

In the first year students will study the topics of numerical measure, graphs and diagrams, probability, population and samples, Binomial distribution, Normal distribution, correlation and linear regression, hypothesis testing, contingency tables and one and two sample non-parametric tests. The Statistical Enquiry Cycle (SEC) will be used throughout the year. 

In the second year, students will look at more advanced work including experimental design, further statistical distributions and further hypothesis testing.

Students are required to provide a graphical/statistical calculator. The particular model used at Cadbury is the Texas Instruments T1-30X Pro Multiview.

The final grade for A Level Statistics is assessed entirely by examination at the end of two years.
Students will also receive regular testing each half term, and a mock at the end of year 1, in order to keep track of their progress through the course.

Examination 100%
3 exams, each 2 hours in length
Paper 1 – Data and Probability
Paper 2 – Statistical Inference
Paper 3 – Statistics in Practice

Exam Board
Pearson Edexcel 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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