Statistics (6380)

A-level Statistics provides students with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data, which are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis of the qualification is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences.

AQA is currently the only awarding body offering a full A-level qualification in Statistics.

A-level Statistics is made up of six compulsory units – three at AS and three at A2.  All units are available in the June series. 

Topics include:

  • probability
  • estimation
  • data handling
  • correlation and regression
  • sampling
  • probability distributions and approximations
  • hypothesis testing.

All units are of equal weighting and are assessed by an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes.  Statistics 1 has optional coursework worth 25 per cent of the unit with an accompanying exam of 1 hour 15 minutes sat in June.

Related specifications

Unit 1 in Statistics (SS1A/B) has common content with Statistics unit 1 within A-level Maths and Further Maths (MS1A/B).  These are assessed by two separate exams to allow students to enter Statistics unit 1 from both A-level Maths/Further Maths and A-level Statistics in the same exam series. 


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title Statistics
Specification code 6380
Certification code 5381 AS
6381 A2
QAN codes 10034912

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