On Demand | A level Maths: Statistics top-ups

Online Self-paced study


This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will be offering the Statistics elements in A level Maths, including those using spreadsheets in their work with the large data set. 

The course comprises a network of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) course AS and A level Maths: Statistics, enabling teachers to access professional development covering all of the compulsory content for their awarding organisation's specification.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries. 

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.


  • To introduce teachers to a range of techniques which will enable them to work more confidently with topics in the Statistics section of AS or A level Maths.
  • To introduce teachers to a range of techniques which will enable them to work more confidently with the large data set used in their specification for A level Maths.
  • To provide opportunities to reflect on subject content, resources and teaching ideas and to discuss these with other teachers via the course forums.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers involved in the delivery of the Statistics component of A level Maths.


Section Topic Approximate time to complete*
Spreadsheets and the large data set Introduction to the large data sets Up to 1 hour
Using Excel
Using Google Sheets Coming soon!
Up to 1 hour for one
Up to 1.5 hours for both
Using GeoGebra Up to 1 hour
Sampling and hypothesis testing Up to 1 hour
Statistics top-ups Using Desmos for Statistics Up to 1 hour
Modelling with bivariate data Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Modelling with probability distributions  Up to 2 hours

*Timings are approximate and suggest the required time for a topic to be counted on a certificate of participation. Further resources are linked from each section and so participants may, if they wish, spend more time than this in consolidating and reflecting on the content. You do not need to complete all sections to request a certificate.

Materials and Equipment

Internet connection with capability to watch video. Access to spreadsheet software, ideally Excel, Google Sheets, Desmos and/or GeoGebra for relevant sections.


Due to the way we are funded, ODPD is only available to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England.


ODPD is free of charge for qualifying teachers.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology

Event format:

On Demand Professional Development




Self-paced study




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

The ODPD team
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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