There is now a requirement that all students studying AS/A Level Maths experience working with a large data set (LDS). A LDS will be provided as pre-release material for each of our specifications for use in lessons. Students will not have access to the data set in the exam, however questions will be set in the context of the data set and some related summary data, sample data or diagrams may be provided in the question paper. The intention is that these questions will provide an advantage to students who have spent time exploring the data. See the specifications, Sample Assessment Materials, Practice Papers and Past papers for more details and for examples of questions.

The LDS is a teaching and learning tool for AS and A Level Maths, provided at the start of teaching and intended to enrich the experience of learning statistics. As with the use of technology, we have included some examples of teaching and learning tasks in the specification as suggestions for the sort of activities that you could use in the classroom and we have produced resources to support these activities. See the specifications and the planning and teaching section of the qualification pages for AS and A Level Maths for spec A and spec B for more details.

A new pre-release large data set will be produced every year for spec B, for spec A the published data set will be used for the life of the specification. It is not intended that students work only with the pre-released LDS, rather students should work with real data from many different sources, including the provided data.

There is no requirement to use a Large Data Set for statistics in Further Maths and no assessment items will rely on that knowledge. You might like to use the LDS where appropriate in Further Maths statistics teaching as one example of real world data, but it is not a requirement.

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