Subject Intent: Why Statistics?

Statistics is an area that is increasing in importance in today’s society especially with the popularity of “Fake News”. Knowledge of statistics allows us to use Statistical Enquiry Cycle to investigate a claim or hypothesis. Statistics develops critical thinking which encourages us to question the validity and reliability of information given from another person. Statistics can lead to a career in any sector of employment as each organisation needs people with a knowledge of the subject.

What will I study?

  • Numerical Measures
  • Graphs and Diagrams
  • Probability
  • Population and Samples
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Poisson Distribution
  • Normal Distribution
  • Exponential Distribution
  • Discrete Random Variables
  • Continuous Random
  • Variables
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Experimental Design
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Statistical Enquiry Cycle

What are lessons like in this subject?

Each lesson contains an element of retrieval practice which could be in the form of a quiz, competition, or exam question. To help with learning the vocabulary which is a crucial feature of statistics, students will regularly be asked to complete activities such as crosswords. A main area of statistics is the interpretation of data and analysis of factors behind trends, and therefore students are encouraged to get involved with discussions and debates. Students will practise using their calculators so that more time can be spent on understanding the results than carrying out routine calculations by hand.

What our
students

say

I love Statistics because it is very challenging and interesting. It is also a very useful subject, especially paired with other science subjects like psychology or biology.

Luke Copley, Bradford Academy

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