Statistics

Key Stage 3 overview

Although statistics is not an option for Key Stage 3 much of the foundation of the course is studied as there is a huge overlap between the mathematics course and the statistics course.

The topics that are on both courses:

  • Describing and Collecting Data
  • Stratified Sampling
  • Two-Way Tables
  • Pictograms, Bar Charts, Stem and Leaf Diagrams, Pie Charts
  • Cumulative Frequency Charts and Box and Whisker Plots
  • Averages, both from Raw Data and Frequency Tables
  • Scatter Diagrams and the Line of Best Fit
  • Probability
  • Venn Diagrams

Statistics is currently an option that is the complementary part of tripe science in year 10 and 11. This means that the statistics course makes up two hours a fortnight of your timetable.


Key Stage 4 overview

Students who take the statistics qualification study a two-year course that both overlaps and complements the mathematics course, through both revision of developed skills and new learning of statistical methods.

The topics that are unique to statistics are: Testing hypothesis, comparative pie charts, standard deviation, Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, Peterson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient, time series and moving averages, base index numbers, probability distributions and standardised scores.

There are also topics from the mathematics course that are studied in more detail on the statistics course such as sampling, questionnaires, scatter graphs and different measures of spread and average.


Qualification assessment overview

During the key stage 4 course students will complete assessments every half term that reviews what work they have completed and what they need to work on to move their learning forward. They will also complete two whole cohort exams per year which will be based on all of the statistics they have done throughout their education.

At the end of the course there are two 90 minute exams, they are both calculator exams and both need to be sat to complete the course. The scores of each are added together and that determines the final grade for the course. There is no coursework element, the course is examination only.


Curriculum map

Please CLICK HERE to view the curriculum road map for Statistics


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