CCEA launches NEW GCSE Statistics qualification

Big Data, statistical analysis and open data were just some of the topics discussed yesterday for the launch of a NEW GCSE in Statistics.

Developed by The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in partnership with local employers, including Ipsos MORI and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), along with further and higher education institutions, GCSE Statistics is a new qualification which draws on real-life scenarios set in a Northern Ireland context, engaging learners and leading them into a variety of career pathways.

Fiona Rooney, Director at Ipsos MORI was in attendance at the launch and commented:

"Ipsos MORI are delighted to have been involved in the development of the new GCSE Statistics qualification alongside CCEA.  This qualification is an excellent introduction to the very topical Big Data and how large quantities of data are used and analysed to reveal trends. It will capture the interest and imagination of learners and give them an insight into the importance of statistics in the real world."

Justin Edwards, CCEA’s CEO commented:

"GCSE Statistics is a relevant addition to CCEA’s growing portfolio of STEM qualifications.  It enables learners to develop a set of transferable skills that will be of benefit in other GCSE subjects and further study.  It also supports the transition to the revised A Level in Mathematics that, for the first time, has a compulsory statistics section."

The NEW GCSE Statistics qualification is available for first teaching September 2017.

GCSE Statistics Launch 2017

Pictured (left to right): Joe McGurk, CCEA's Subject Officer for the new GCSE Statistics qualification, was delighted to be joined at the launch event today by Professor Adele Marshall from Queen's University Belfast, Fiona Rooney, Managing Director from Ipsos MORI NI and Sandra Tate, Head of Marketing and Communications at Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

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