Teachers have often told us that students following courses in your subject at Level 3 and beyond would benefit from a more detailed understanding of statistical methods. You might therefore be interested to know that WJEC is now offering a brand new qualification, a Level 3 Certificate in Statistical Problem Solving Using Software (QCF). The qualification will take learners beyond the descriptive use of statistics at GCSE and enable them to use statistics to aid decision making within their study, and use appropriate software, in a wide range of Level 3 subjects including humanities, psychology, sociology, sciences and business. The qualification was developed in collaboration with colleagues from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Education (RSSCSE) based at Plymouth University. It addresses many of the issues raised in the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) document ‘Mathematical Needs: Mathematics in the workplace and in higher education’ in June 2011. By studying the qualification, learners will work with real data sets in a variety of contexts, for example, scientific research, business and research in humanities and social sciences. They will use software to process the data, choose appropriate methods and interpret the results. For further details, including the specification, model assignments and details of the continuing professional development programme for the 2013 – 2014 academic year please visit our website.