Level 3 Statistics (L3STA) - Phase 5
The focus of the course is on statistics and probability. This is a heavily academic subject which requires a high level of numeracy and literacy. The focus for students in this course should be a minimum of a merit subject endorsement. Statistics is useful in the study of just about every field at the tertiary level and also in general daily life but is of particular importance for geography, biology, psychology, sociology, commerce and statistics at university. In the past, students have been able to utilise the skills learnt in this course to help them with NCEA biology or geography where statistical methods are applied in practice. Where possible you will be applying these ideas in context and many aspects of the course will provide skills necessary for future studies at university.
What will I learn?
The relationship between samples and population and how these relate to sample and population statistics
The influence of sampling error and non-sampling error on the reliability of claims
The relationship between trials and probabilities and how these relate to experimental, theoretical and true probabilities
How to critically analyse and evaluate statistical reports, causal claims and sources of error
Skills to deal with situations involving chance; including a far more in depth look into probability distributions that ever before
What should I have done already?
You will be assessed by Level 3 Mathematics and Statistics achievement standards, with credits contributing towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). There are a maximum of 20 Level 3 credits available. This course is eligible for a subject endorsement. This is a university entrance subject (Statistics). Three of the achievement standards for the Year 13 Statistics course, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10, will be assessed internally during the year. The final two externals, 3.12 and 3.13 will be assessed in November.
There will be NO reassessment opportunity for the internally assessed standards for students who do not achieve the standard in the first attempt. If you cannot attend an assessment because of illness, you must produce a medical certificate upon your return to school and you will be expected to complete the internal assessment on the day of your return to school.
Practice tests and examinations will be conducted during the year for all external standards. The results from these practice assessments will count towards any compassionate consideration. See the NCEA Student Handbook for more details.
Missed internal assessments
Students who do not attend the internally assessed standards for reasons other than medical or bereavement will not be given a reassessment opportunity. If you have a genuine reason (which must be supported by a medical certificate) for not being able to complete the assessment on the day of the assessment, then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the assessment date, not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.
Authenticity and appeals
These issues are dealt with by the college's assessment procedures. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.
Where does this course lead?
University level statistics papers and related fields.
For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.