Maths - GCSE Statistics (End of Year 10 Exam)
GCSE Statistics incorporates Statistics, Probability, Number and certain elements of Algebra. This covers many of the graphs, diagrams and tables used in business, scientific research and media. Students are encouraged to develop enquiring techniques enabling them to model sets of data, analyse them and justify their conclusions both statistically and in real terms.
Statistics is taught during Mathematics lessons, during Year 10.
COURSE CONTENT & STRUCTURE
Statistics consists of controlled assessment (25%) and one exam paper (75%) where a calculator is permitted. This has 2 tiers of entry: Higher and Foundation. This is taken by all students at the end of Year 10.
SKILLS DEVELOPED AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
A career in statistics is a rewarding and often exciting career. Statisticians work with the data that are all around us and the opportunities for work are endless.
Examples of Statistics Careers:
Medicine: The search for improved medical treatments rests on careful experiments that compare promising new treatments with the current state of the art. Statisticians work with medical teams to design experiments and analyze the complex data they produce.
Environment: Studies of the environment require data on the abundance and location of plants and animals, on the spread of pollution from its sources, and on the possible effects of changes in human activities. The data are often incomplete or uncertain, but statisticians can help uncover their meaning.
Industry: The future of many industries and their employees depends on improvement in the quality of goods and services and the efficiency with which they are produced and delivered. Improvement should be based on data, rather than guesswork. More companies are installing elaborate systems to collect and act on data to better serve their customers.
Government Surveys: How many people are unemployed this month? What do we export to China, and what do we import? Are rates of violent crime increasing or decreasing? The government wants data on issues such as these to guide policy, and government statistics agencies provide them by surveys of households and businesses.
Market Research: Are consumer tastes in television programs changing? What are promising locations for a new retail outlet? Market researchers use both government data and their own surveys to answer questions such as these. Statisticians design the elaborate surveys that gather data for both public and private use.
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