Statistics - Curriculum Overview

 

Why study Statistics?

GCSE Statistics will provide pupils with a critical appreciation of Statistics and its place in everyday life. It encourages pupils to develop enquiring minds and become effective and independent learners. With a focus on handling data and probability, pupils acquire skills in and understanding of statistical concepts and methods. GCSE Statistics helps pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of statistical thinking and practice and how to use statistics in the real world.

Course Outline

Statistics at GCSE builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the lower school. There are two tiers of entry, foundation and higher. The entry tier in Year 10 dictates the grades that are accessible; these are listed below:

Foundation

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

Higher

 

 

 

4

5

6

7

8

9

 

All students follow a GCSE course; the tier of entry is not decided until after students have sat their mock examination in December of Year 10.

The course consists of three disciplines within statistics, each weighted with a different percentage:

 

Higher

Foundation

The collection of data

35%

40%

Processing, representing and analysing data.

40%

40%

Probability

25%

20%

 

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/statistics-2017.html

All students must possess a scientific calculator regardless of the course they are following. This is expected to be brought in for every lesson. The Casio FX83GTPlus or Casio FX85GTPlus are recommended.