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.
Why should I study this subject?
Statistics is a branch of mathematics which focuses on using probability and data to aid research in different areas. Statistics play an important role in a large range of fields such as psychology, medical research and finance. Statistical hypothesis testing is used to investigate whether an action has had an effect such as impact of drug trials, increases in workforce productivity and genetics.
If you are studying Psychology or Biology then A Level Statistics would greatly compliment your curriculum. For these subjects Statistics is normally a better option than Mathematics.
What will I study?
- Normal Distribution
- Correlation and Regression
- Hypothesis Testing
- Sampling and Interpreting Data
I enjoy studying statistics because of the opportunity to apply the skills I have learnt to real life situations and experiments. The practical application of statistics outside of typical maths questions makes the subject more interesting and easier to understand than traditional A level Mathematics.
Emma Harrison, Dixons Trinity Academy
What are the entry requirements?