Statistics

Overview

Solihull Statistics student working on calculator

The Mathematics Department is staffed by well qualified and experienced teachers in Mathematics who use a variety of teaching methods to support your learning. Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of work away from the classroom each week.

You will be expected to purchase a graphical calculator (Casio Graphics Calculator FX-9750GII) for use on the course and some work will be done using computers.

Course Outline

Year 12
Students will work with real data sets extending the work they have covered in GCSE Maths, such as the calculation of the numerical measures mean, median and mode, and the practical applications of correlation and regression, including Time Series Analysis in the world of business. Elementary probability theory is also studied, and the Binomial and Normal distributions are introduced. Different methods of sampling are studied, and we also study basic hypothesis testing. Topics which appear in such subjects as Biology, Psychology, Geography and Medicine include Chi-squared Contingency Tables, Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, and the Wilcoxon tests.

Year 13
The work on basic probability is extended to include Bayes’ theorem and in addition to revisiting the binomial and normal distributions we also introduce the Poisson and exponential distributions. We test the goodness of fit for various distributions and carry out hypothesis tests for two samples and paired samples. In addition, we consider the industrial and manufacturing application of statistics, including experimental design and Analysis of Variance.

Assessment

No Coursework
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – Edexcel.

Special Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 5 or B or above in GCSE Mathematics higher level. In addition, standard A level entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Options

Mathematics.

Career and Progression Opportunities

There is a countrywide shortage of people with strong statistical skills, for example Medical Statisticians, so career prospects are enhanced by taking this course. A number of degree programmes contain significant amounts of statistics. These include Psychology, Biology, Business Studies, Management Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Geography, I.T., Government and Politics, Pharmacy and others.

Other Information

This course will suit those students who enjoy applying their numerate skills without the need to employ algebraic techniques.

Correct for September 2019 entry.

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