Exam Board – AQA (Specification code 8382)

The course will extend beyond the statistics content of GCSE mathematics to enable students to specialise in statistical analysis in a variety of contexts.

What do Statistics students learn?

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Students will cover topics in the following areas:

  • Planning a strategy.
  • Data collection.
  • Tabulation and representation;
  • Data analysis.
  • Data interpretation
  • An understanding of statistics in everyday life
  • The ability to carry out enquiries confidently and skilfully
  • The ability to apply knowledge successfully in different contexts
  • Data presentation and evidence-gathering skills.

Extending learning in term and over holidays:

Students have access to the following websites, for independent learning:

Videos and interactive questions on every topic at KS4; both foundation and higher. Student login: …….@trentham (school login) Student password: trentham

Videos, worksheets, practise exam questions, revision flash card all linked to QR codes on all topics at GCSE.

Packs of exam questions organised by topic for all of the GCSE course – select the Data & Probability questions.

Topic Busters – Data & Probability

Students enjoy:

  • Getting involved and learning through engaging work
  • Using their knowledge to understand how statistics works in everyday life and to understand their benefits and limitations
  • Coming up with a hypothesis and investigating it, then analysing and presenting the results
  • Acquiring skills that are relevant in a wide variety of other subjects such as the sciences, geography and social sciences
  • The application to vocational qualifications.

Overlap with other qualifications

  • Some topics from probability, measures of spread, measures of location and the data-handling cycle are included in GCSE Mathematics.
  • A large quantity of the GCSE Statistics course also appears in Mathematics, Geography, Business / Finance, Science & the Social Sciences, Sport Sciences.

Follow-on Study

  • Throughout the GCSE Statistics programme, students are encouraged to think about ‘the bigger picture’ of modern statistics logically and analytically. These fundamental statistical and lateral thinking skills are useful across all kinds of disciplines and careers.
  • GCSE Statistics could lead on to further study in Statistics at A-level or other related subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and the Social Sciences.
  • It could lead to higher study in subjects such as: Computer Science, Biochemical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Anthropology, Geography, Engineering, Medical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Linguistics, Politics, Economics, Law, Accountancy and Management.


The entire GCSE grade will be assessed through examinations:

  • Paper 1 (80 marks) – 50% (Foundation or Higher tier)
  • Paper 2 (80 marks) – 50% (Foundation or Higher tier)

The questions on both papers will be a combination of multiple choice, short answers, and a Statistical Enquiry Cycle (SEC) question.


Mathematics Department

Mrs L Gaggini – Senior Lead Practitioner, Subject Leader of Mathematics and Statistics

Mrs J Bloore – Second in Mathematics, Numeracy Across The Curriculum Coordinator

Mr B Goddard –  Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Mathematics

Ms M Roberts – Lead Practitioner

Mrs N Walker – Teacher of Mathematics and Statistics

Mr B Brennan – Teacher of Mathematics

Mr J Davies – Teacher of Mathematics

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