ESOL GCSE Statistics

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This course is for people who do not have English as their first language.

Why study this course?

GCSE Statistics is a useful subject for anyone with an interest in maths, psychology, sociology, science, politics or a desire to study any of these subjects at a higher level. There is an overlap of skills between GCSE statistics and GCSE maths, so studying GCSE statistics will help your study of GCSE maths whilst providing a deeper understanding of statistics.

The course will develop decision making skills  when there is uncertainty, teaching students to use statistics to understand large amounts of data, and communicating the findings. Perhaps one of the most versatile areas of maths, it gives students the skills to collect, analyse, interpret, and present data. This ability to understand what statistics are telling you, how they are communicated, particularly the use and potential misuse, is a vital life and employability skill.

The course will develop these skills with a specific focus on language acquisition and understanding of statistics in the context of life in the UK.

Course content

The course will follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for GCSE Statistics at Foundation level. The course will be assessed via 2 written examinations in May and June 2024.

GCSE Statistics initially builds on many of the skills studied in GCSE maths, but takes these mathematical ideas much further  to develop an understanding of their use. Many new skills and statistical methods are introduced and applied to real world situations, including the communication of statistical findings.

The GCSE Statistics qualification requires students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of statistical methods and concepts, including:
  • The collection of data
  • Processing, representing and analysing data
  • Probability
  • Interpret statistical information and results in context and reason statistically to draw conclusions.
  • Assess the appropriateness of statistical methodologies and the conclusions drawn through the statistical enquiry cycle.

Learners will need to complete at least 3 hours of independent study per week to support the content covered in lesson.

Entry requirements

Learners must hold a full certificate in ESOL or other English language qualification at Entry 3 as a minimum due to the language requirements of the course. Learners will complete a short initial assessment to determine their eligibility.

Learners should have completed Functional skills mathematics to at least Level 1, however your current mathematical knowledge will be assessed by a short assessment to determine your eligibility to study this course.


You will need a pen, an A4 sized lined notepad and a folder to keep your work in.

Day, time, duration



33 weeks

Start Date

Friday 22nd September 2023


This course is free.

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