Mathematics Statistics AS
- Course Level: AS Level
- Duration: 2 Year
- Start date: September 2012
- Qualification: A Level
- Awarded By: AQA
Introduction to course
AS Statistics is a course which can be taken alongside or instead of an AS Level in Mathematics. Statistics is an area of mathematics which is useful to support other subject areas which require analysis of data or coursework, for example Biology, Psychology, Geography, or Business.
AS Statistics will look at how to model and represent data which has been collected in different contexts. You will look at how to set up and test a hypothesis such as " Do students achieve better results when they listen to music whilst revising." You will see how using statistics can help with decision making in Business.
There will be some familiar areas such as averages, probability, histograms and other ways of representing data, and you will be introduced to some new areas such as modelling using the Normal Distribution and the Binomial Distribution.
A large proportion of this course can be accessed more easily with the aid of a graphical calculator with statistical functions and we therefore will expect all of the students to have their own TI-82 Stats calculator.
In addition to the general entry requirements you are also required to have the following:
at least a C in GCSE Maths.
Where the course lead
Maths and Statistics can lead into areas such as medical research, government statistical research, advertising to name just a few.
Statistics is a service subject; it will allow you to carry out more effective research into whichever area that you are specialising. With a Statistics qualification you will be able to design an experiment, analyse and present findings in a convincing and reasoned way.
This course combines well with
Maths, Psychology, Business, Biology or any course that requires you to pose a hypothesis, analyse data and present your findings.
You will take 3 modules during the first year (SS1, SS2 and SS3) and a further 3 modules during the second year (SS4, SS5 and SS6).
Throughout the course you will be given regular homework assignments, mini tests and progress tests.
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