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Continued Professional Course (CPD) S3Ri Distance Learning Programme

Are you interested in Statistics and would you like to develop your understanding of the subject through a continuing Professional development course?

Until May 2017, our distance learning courses were based the syllabi provided by the Royal Statistical Society. We plan to continue this course under the heading of “Continuing Professional Development" for the next two years in order to allow some of our existing students to continue their studies with us.

 

Introducing your course

This is the course page for S3RI Distance Learning Programme at the University of Southampton.  Here we explain a range of key information about the course.  This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. 

We also suggest career opportunities open to you on successfully completing your studies.

 

Much of your input to this course will be in the form of personal study which in itself is very daunting without help from a tutor.  However, we provide that help by offering you packages designed to enable you to:

  • Make effective use of your study time by providing learning material.
  • Test your knowledge by solving graded problems, receiving feedback with your corrected solutions, and receiving further guidance when necessary.
  • Have your misunderstandings and queries resolved by a tutor.

Above all we aim to maintain your enthusiasm for statistical study and enhance your enjoyment of learning.

Your response:
At the start of your course, you will need to tell us about your previous studies, your work experience and which modules you would like to study. You will be asked to consult your diary for the next year(s) and to draw up a provisional timetable suited to your particular circumstances. This will need to be a realistic programme designed around the study time you have available and reflects the competing demands of your home, work and hobbies. Once agreed, we expect you to stick to the plan.

 

 

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Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Choose a scheme of study which you think you can manage comfortably, complete the application forms and send them to us, together with the course fees. We will acknowledge your application by sending you a suggested study programme.

We shall now offer two programmes: Ordinary Level and Higher Level. The entry qualifications for Ordinary Level are GCSE’s in Maths and English as taught in British schools. The Higher Level covers a range of material at around the level of the first year of a UK Honours degree in statistics (though with some material that would be more likely to appear in the second year), and a good working  knowledge of parts of the GCE “A” level course in Mathematics (particularly Calculus and Algebra).

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Most students can cover the Ordinary Level Course in one year but the Higher Level Course can take between 1 and 3 years.  The speed of your progress will depend on your knowledge of Statistics at the start of your studies and the amount of time you can give to study.

 

Ordinary Level Course

  • Module 1 Collection and Compilation of Data
  • Module 2 Analysis and Presentation of Data 

Higher Level course

  • Module 1 Data collection and interpretation
  • Module 2 Probability models
  • Module 3 Basic statistical methods
  • Module 4 Linear models
  • Module 5 Further probability and inference
  • Module 6 Further applications of statistics
  • Module 7 Time series and index numbers
  • Module 8 Survey sampling and estimation

We shall continue to offer learning material on the above areas.

 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Are you interested in Statistics and would you like to develop your understanding of the subject through a continuing Professional development course?

Until May 2017, our distance learning courses were based the syllabi provided by the Royal Statistical Society on which the RSS examinations were based. We plan to continue this course under the heading of “Continuing Professional Development for the next two years in order to allow some of our existing students to continue their studies with us. We will also accept any new students under these conditions.

 

You will receive a series of study guides to direct your thinking and note taking and each guide will contain problems to be solved. Your efforts in solving the problems are a vital part of the learning process. Interaction with your tutor is the key ingredient for success and enjoyment. The majority of communication will be by email.

Therefore, you will be expected to make a thorough study of the learning material (supplied in the “study guide”), and you will be expected to submit to your tutor your answers to the tutorial questions that are a part of the learning material.  Ideally, you would write out your answer by hand, scan it and then e-mail it to your tutor who will give you feedback and advice on it. There are two reasons for this:

  • To allow your tutor to see that you have understood what you have learnt
  • To assess your attempt so that at the end of the module the University can award you a certificate to show that you have successfully completed the course.

Note: To gain most from this learning exercise, students will need to have completed each part of the module before moving on to another module.

Study locations

Hartley Library

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