The Higher Certificate is our intermediate professional exam. It is intended both as an end in itself (a qualification in statistics more advanced than that of our Ordinary Certificate) and as a basis for further work in statistics including the highest undergraduate level and our Graduate Diploma.
Parts of the course are pitched at A-level in the English school system, but most of the course is equivalent to the first year of a university course in statistics. Some of its topics might be in the second year of a university course. The course gives a thorough introduction to statistical theory and inference at this level, stressing the importance of practical applications.
Please note that The Royal Statistical Society has decided to withdraw from offering its own professional examinations after the May 2017 session. This decision has been made to allow the Society to focus its resources on setting and maintaining professional standards in statistics and allied disciplines, in the UK and Internationally. Please see our dedicated page on Withdrawal of professional examinations for more information.
The Higher Certificate has eight modules that you can take separately or in any combination, during any time period. Separate certificates are awarded for each module. To be awarded the Higher Certificate in Statistics you need to pass six modules (subject to some restrictions).
Each module has a 1.5 hour exam paper. Each paper contains four questions and you are required to answer three.
You must know all the material in our Ordinary Certificate and have knowledge of appropriate mathematical methods.
Full details including the syllabus are available on our key information page.