A Level

Awarding Body: EdExcel

Course Description

This 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. 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 will be covered including collection of data, representing and interpreting data, correlation and linear regression, standard probability distributions, probability theory and hypothesis testing.


The course is directly applicable and focuses on the development of the data handling and probability learnt at GCSE level. You will develop essential skills in statistical analysis that can be applied to many subjects including Geography, Biology, Psychology and Economics; if there is data to analyse then Statistics is your toolkit.

Three examinations:

Exam 1: Data & Probability (2 hours)

Exam 2: Statistical Inference (2 hours)

Exam 3: Statistics in Practice (2 hours)

Each exam is worth 33.3% of the total grade.

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.