BSc Psychology Admissions' Statistics

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Dear University College London,

I'd like to make a request for the admissions' statistics for the BSc Psychology course for the cycles of 2020 and 2021. Please include the number of applications received, the number of offers made and the number of final acceptances. If you could, please also include what percentage of these were international, and how many of them were below the standard entry requirement in terms of grades.

Thank you very much!

Yours faithfully,

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Keyte, Josh, University College London

Dear Arusha,


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 24^th August 2021. 
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.


We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request regarding the admission statistics for BSc Psychology for
admission cycles 2020 and 2021.


We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided below.




Academic Total Total
Year applications   offers   Acceptances      
Firmly offer as
% % accept insurance
    international   international offer total   total  
% %
            international   international
2020 1635 59% 940 60% 490 68% 60 46%
2021 1895 61% 465 42% 255 51% 20 Withheld


Of those who received a conditional offer and firmly accepted the offer
for which we have information, in 2020 52% met the conditions, in 2021 72%
met the conditions. However, the 2020 data on whether they met the
conditions might be unreliable due to the impact of the 2020 A-level
grading issues.


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