There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification, but it’s very important you’re well prepared to study mathematics at this level.
We recommend that you have previous experience in mathematics before studying Introducing statistics (M140). In particular, you should be confident with the following topics:
- arithmetic of numbers, including negative numbers and fractions
- powers of numbers including square roots
- using your scientific calculator effectively for the above topics, and for working with brackets
- using simple formulas
- drawing and interpreting simple charts and graphs
To successfully complete Analysing data M248, you’ll need to be:
- confident using mathematical notation and manipulating algebraic expressions
- familiar with mathematical functions, including the logarithmic and the exponential functions
- able to perform simple integration and differentiation
Check you’re ready, with our self-assessed quiz.
How much time do I need?
- Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
- This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
Counting previous study
You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification if you have:
- already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
- other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
Find out more about credit transfer
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend: