Edexcel GCSE Statistics (2017)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Statistics from 2017 (first assessment from 2019).

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Statistics for the real world

We’re working with the teaching community, higher education and subject associations to design our new qualification for 2017. Our ambition has been to develop a new qualification that you will know and recognise, but updated in line with the subject content changes and in response to your feedback.

The examination is split into two evenly weighted papers that focus on the same content and skills. This gives students and teachers an opportunity after the first paper to reflect on the areas they need to work on in order to strengthen performance in the second paper.

Our GCSE Statistics qualification develops skills that students will use in other subjects such as science and geography, and reinforces techniques needed for GCSE maths as well as supporting progression to A level maths. Real-life scenarios will capture their interest and give them an insight into the importance of statistics in the real world.

Our course content has a familiar structure, helping you to get started with the minimum of effort. The clear approach will save you time and make planning and teaching as straightforward as possible. We’ll also give you plenty of guidance, signposting where content is new or different.

Students will find our assessments engaging and easy to read. Ramping of questions in both tiers and carefully-constructed mark schemes will encourage them to achieve their full potential.

We’re providing a comprehensive range of support and resources to help you deliver Edexcel GCSE Statistics 2017 confidently, including guidance on the changes and tools to help track student progress. You’ll have the popular Mathematics Emporium at your fingertips, and a host of free and paid-for resources available to support teaching and learning.




GCSE Statistics guide
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
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General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) specification - Statistics
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What's changing

GCSE Statistics 2017: What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • Removal of controlled assessment – now 100% examination.
  • Tiering is retained, but the classification of content into three categories reflects the approach used in GCSE Mathematics where Foundation students are assessed on ‘standard’ and ‘underlined’ type, while Higher students are assessed on all content.
  • Increased depth at both tiers, with some increase of breadth at both tiers.
  • Increased emphasis on the mathematics of statistics and use of formal notation.
  • Students are expected to know, and be able to use, a range of statistical formulae expressed in formal notation.

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This presentation was last updated on 16th May 2017.

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