Did you know it has been statistically proven that GCSE Statistics is a great subject for many students? Whether you’re a maths whizz feeling pretty confident about starting GCSE Statistics next September or you’re yet to decide whether Statistics is the right subject for you, I’m here to give you a run through of what you can expect from this GCSE and why it could be a great opportunity for you.

Signs that GCSE Statistics is right for you

• You want to take an A Level in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Psychology. Statistics at GCSE is also useful for students who are planning on taking A Levels in Geography or Business Studies because these subjects also require you to handle and interpret statistics.
• If you enjoy subjects that have a clear relevance to the working world you will probably find GCSE statistics very rewarding. The subject focuses on how statistics are used in the ‘real world’ and you may be surprised how widely useful they actually are. You will learn about the strengths and limitations of statistics in realistic scenarios that won’t have you begging the question “When will I ever use this knowledge again?”
• You enjoy problem solving and decision making. GCSE Statistics involves a lot of probability and interpreting data, both of which force you to make fast, logical decisions under time constraints. If this sounds like the sort of problems that you could easily solve then you will be definitely well up for GCSE Statistics.
• You’re great at Maths. It may sound obvious but statistics does indeed involve a lot of maths. So if Maths lessons bore you to tears or you aren’t confident in your mathematical abilities, perhaps consider discussing whether GCSE statistics is right for you with a teacher. Also, you will have probably already completed topics on statistics in your maths lessons, prior to GCSE so ask yourself how interesting you found those lessons and double check your grades for the topics. This may help you decide whether your mathematical abilities are up to the challenge of a GCSE in Statistics.
• You have a good memory for mathematical rules and methods. It’s important to bear in mind that you will be sitting all of your GCSE exams at the end of year eleven so effective revision techniques will be absolutely essential. If revising mathematics does not come naturally to you then taking Statistics alongside your Maths GCSE may prove challenging. However, if you are confident in your ability to recall all your maths topics, then taking Statistics alongside Maths should be a piece of cake.
• If you aspire to work in a role that requires handling statistics then GCSE Statistics is an obvious choice for you. There are plenty of jobs that involve handling statistics including epidemiologist, public affairs manager, biostatistician, research psychologist, marketing and many more!

Overall Statistics is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who are mathematically or logically inclined. This subject gives you the chance to study something relatively new, in considerable detail, during your GCSE years. So, you should now have a clearer idea of whether GCSE Statistics is right for you.

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