BEng/MEng Computing - Offer Levelsd

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Michael Rawsthorne

Dear Imperial College London,

Can you please provide a copy of any internal policy regarding the setting of conditional offers for Computing courses. I am aware that your website says "Three A-level offer: A*AA–A*A*A" - I am specifically after any policy you may have which is used by staff to determine the exact requirements for each candidate made an offer, including whether or not a grade is required in STEP and/or AEA.

In addition, could you also provide, for all Computing courses (not JMC) in the last three admissions cycles: (2014, 2015 and 2016 entry)

- the total number of A-level offers made in each cycle
- the total number of A-level offers made in each cycle requiring one or more grades in STEP Mathematics
- the total number of A-level offers made in each cycle requiring a grade in AEA Mathematics.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Rawsthorne

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rawsthorne,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Bryony Greenfield

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Michael Rawsthorne

Dear Ms Greenfield,

Just a reminder that the statutory deadline for responding to this request was today (19 April 2017).

Yours sincerely,

Michael Rawsthorne

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rawsthorne,

Thank you for your email.

We apologise for the delay in responding to your request. We are in the process of finalising our response and we will contact you again shortly.

Kind regards

Bryony Greenfield

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rawsthorne,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

Please find below the College's response to your questions:

 

Can you please provide a copy of any internal policy regarding the setting
of conditional offers for Computing courses. I am aware that your website
says "Three A-level offer: A*AA–A*A*A" - I am specifically after any
policy you may have which is used by staff to determine the exact 
requirements for each candidate made an offer, including whether or not a
grade is required in STEP and/or AEA.

 

There is no written internal policy on the awarding of offers. Each
candidate is considered as an individual by the admissions tutor, and
offers are made based on the performance at interview. Offers normally
include STEP papers unless it is clear that a candidate is both strong and
would have difficulty in sitting the STEP paper.

 

In addition, could you also provide, for all Computing courses (not JMC)
in the last three admissions cycles: (2014, 2015 and 2016 entry)

 

 1. The total number of A-level offers made in each cycle

 

Table 1: The number of A level offers made for an Undergraduate Computing
degree programme

 

UCAS Cycle
Course Code 2014 2015 2016
G400 57 55 58
G401 96 107 78
G402 6 8 *
G430 * * 0
G501 0 * 0
G600 9 8 12
G700 9 6 15
GG47 10 7 *

 

 2. The total number of A-level offers made in each cycle requiring one or
more grades in STEP Mathematics

 

Table 2: The number of A level offers made requiring one or more STEP
Qualification(s)

 

UCAS Cycle
Course Code 2014 2015 2016
G400 9 12 24
G401 * 29 30
G402 0 * 0
G600 * * *
G700 * * *
GG47 0 * *

 

 3. The total number of A-level offers made in each cycle requiring a
grade in AEA Mathematics.

 

Table 3: The number of A level offers made requiring AEA Mathematics
Qualification

 

UCAS Cycle
Course Code 2014 2015 2016
G400 0 0 18
G401 * 0 29
G402 0 0 *
G600 0 0 6
G700 0 0 7
GG47 0 0 *

 

Table 4: The number of A level offers made with an offer condition to
complete one of either a STEP or AEA Mathematics Qualification where the
applicant could choose which to complete.

 

UCAS Cycle
Course Code 2014 2015 2016
G400 6 32 0
G401 7 62 0
G402 * 6 0
G430 0 * 0
G501 0 * 0
G600 0 * 0
G700 0 * 0
GG47 * * 0

 

 

"A level offers made" has been taken to mean those offers made to
applicants for an Undergraduate degree programme in the Computing
department at Imperial College London where the offer was made on the
basis of A level qualifications that had not yet been completed. Any
offers where A levels were required in combination with non A-Level
qualifications such as Cambridge Pre-U have been excluded. Where possible
to identify, any offers made on the basis of one or more qualification
already achieved at the point of application has been excluded. If a
candidate had, for example completed A level Mathematics early and the
offer was made on the basis of this A level plus A levels yet to be
completed, this has been excluded. If an applicant had completed all their
A levels at the point of application and their offer was made on the basis
of these A levels, then they have been excluded.

 

Data is provided for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 UCAS cycles. As data is
provided by cycle, this will include those who applied in that cycle for
deferred entry.

 

Table 1 shows the number of A level offers made for an Undergraduate
Computing degree programme. Table 2 shows the number of A level offers
made for an Undergraduate Computing degree programme where the offer
required one or more STEP Qualification(s) with specific grades. Table 3
shows the number of A level offers made for an Undergraduate Computing
degree programme where the offer required AEA Mathematics Qualification
with a specific grade. Table 4 shows the number of A level offers made for
an Undergraduate Computing degree programme where the offer conditions
gave the applicant the choice to complete either a STEP Qualification with
a specific grade or AEA Mathematics Qualification with a specific grade,
where at least one of these was required.

 

Applicants who were required to complete a STEP qualification (Table 1)
may have also been given an offer condition to complete either one of the
AEA or another STEP qualification where they could choose from the one of
these (Table 4) in addition. For example an applicant may have been
required to achieve Grade 1 in STEP Paper 2 plus either Merit in AEA
Mathematics or Grade 2 in Mathematics STEP Paper 1. These candidates will
have been counted once in Table 2 (for the 'Grade 1 in STEP Paper 2'
requirement) and once in Table 4.

 

Figures of 5 or fewer have been replaced by an asterisk. This is because
individuals may otherwise be identifiable from the data provided.  This
information is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2) of
the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to
which a request for information relates is also exempt information if -
(a) it constitutes personal data."

 

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our
complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your
request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response,
you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

 

The College Secretary

Imperial College London

Exhibition Road

London

SW7 2AZ

E-mail: [1][email address]      

 

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles
your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for
the Freedom of Information Act who is:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk       

 

Kind regards,

 

Bryony Greenfield

 

 

 

 

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Michael Rawsthorne

Dear Ms Greenfield,

Thank you for your response.

Could you clarify what is meant by "unless it is clear that a candidate is both strong and would have difficulty in sitting the STEP paper"? Does this mean that some offers do not include a STEP condition because the College feels that the candidate would not be successful in meeting that condition?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Rawsthorne

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rawsthorne,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

The 'difficulty' referred to is whether it is logistically feasible for a
candidate to sit the STEP paper. It does not mean that some offers do not
include a STEP condition because the College feels that the candidate
would not be successful in meeting that condition.

 

STEP is to ensure that a candidate is strong enough in Maths to be able to
handle the course material. If a candidate is deemed to have a strong
enough grounding in Maths, and performs well at interview, a STEP paper
may not be required. Each offer is individually tailored to the candidate.

 

Further details of the entry requirements and admissions process are
available on our website at
[1]http://www.imperial.ac.uk/computing/pros...
.

 

Additionally, please contact the Admissions team in the Department of
Computing at [2][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Bryony Greenfield

 

 

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