A Level

Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Description

The course focuses on the development of data handling and probability skills learnt at GCSE level. You will apply a statistical eye to the world and interpret data and results. This A Level would support future careers in investment analysis, data science, market research and as an actuary. Statistics can be taken in addition to A Level Mathematics or as an alternative.

A minimum grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

A wide range of statistical analysis topics including collection of data, representing and interpreting data, correlation and linear regression, standard probability distributions, probability theory and hypothesis testing.


You will develop your existing skills in working accurately, applying a method, using technology such as calculators and spreadsheets and summarising your results.

This course is assessed by 100% exam at the end of the second year. There are three exams, each worth 1/3 of the final mark.

Many different careers require an understanding of statistical analysis and this course will prepare you well for further study. Some careers to think about are: Data Analyst, Biologist, Geologist, Statistician and Journalism.

Careers from Actuarial Science to Zoology require an understanding of statistical analysis and this course will support your studies in a myriad of subjects thus preparing you well for further study.

If you are hoping to go into the fields of Physics and Engineering, A level Mathematics may be more suitable for your career path, however, A level Statistics would be a good option to augment the skills for those fields.

Mock exams will take place in the summer term of the first year and the spring term of the second year.