The exam board AQA confirmed on 13 October 2016 that it is not continuing with the development of its specification for the new A level and AS level Statistics qualifications, which were due to be offered in England from September 2017. AQA was the only awarding organisation developing a new A level and AS level Statistics qualification separate from A level Mathematics (which includes a mandatory statistics component).
This means that from September 2017, AS and A-level Statistics will exist in concept but not in practice.
The RSS is very disappointed at the decision; we saw A level Statistics as a valuable pathway from 16-18, particularly for those students keen to develop applied statistical and data analysis skills in preparation for further study in quantitative subjects such as psychology, biology, economics and quantitative social science degrees.
We will continue to work with the Department for Education and other key decision makers to ensure the position of statistics in the curriculum, both in mathematics and across other subjects, continues to be strengthened.