MBBS Medicine A100 Admissions Statistics

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Dear University College London,

I have some questions about the medicine admissions process, may I request the following information?

In regards to admissions cycles 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19:

1) How are the BMAT scores treated when deciding:
- whether to offer a candidate an interview,
- and then whether to give a candidate an offer after interview - is the BMAT used again at this stage?

2) What were the BMAT cut-off and banding scores for the stated admissions cycles?

3) How are the BMAT bands decided - e.g are a certain percentile of applicants in band one, etc

4) For the above admissions cycles, what were the average BMAT scores (for each section) of:
- all applicants to the course
- unsuccessful applicants in general
- applicants not offered an interview
- applicants unsuccessful after interview
- applicants successful after interview (given a conditional/unconditional offer)

5) What criteria are assessed at interview - and how are they assessed? How is a candidate’s performance recorded (I.e is there a form the interviewers fill in?)

6) How is the BMAT essay used at interview? Is the quality of the essay a factor at interview, or is it only used as a talking point?

7) For each type of school (e.g comprehensive, grammar, academy, free school, private, etc), as well as the total numbers for all applicants, could you provide:
- the number of rejections before interview, rejections after interview, offers made, and number who actually enrolled on the course
- their average BMAT scores for each section
- their average A level grades

8) Can you also provide information on when people are called for interview?

9) Can you also provide information on how GCSE grades are used in selection,
-in general
-but also for people who already have their A Level grades - if someone already has their A Level grades do these factor more heavily in the decision making than predicted grades would have? Does having your A Level grades already decrease the weight placed on GCSE grades?

10) In general what are the qualities of an ideal/desirable candidate for the course? What criteria do imperial take into account or are looking for?

11) How is the personal statement judged/used in assessing applicants?

Thank you for your time,

Yours faithfully,

Amelia Jones

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Dear Ms Jones,

 

We have now completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information, where it is not exempt, is
provided below and attached.

In regards to admissions cycles 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19:

 

Q1) How are the BMAT scores treated when deciding:

- whether to offer a candidate an interview,

- and then whether to give a candidate an offer after interview - is the
BMAT used again at this stage?

 

A1) For the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 selection process, high scores in
each section would strengthen an application. Candidates with scores that
are below the average for their cohort would be less likely to be
successful.

 

For cycles 2016/17 and 2017/18 BMAT results were not used in determining
if a candidate was made an offer after interview. For cycle 2018/19 if a
candidate is borderline after the interview, the BMAT scores along with
the rest of the application are reviewed alongside the interview notes in
order to determine if an offer is made.

 

Q2) What were the BMAT cut-off and banding scores for the stated
admissions cycles?

 

A2) For cycles 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, UCL did not have BMAT cut-off
or banding scores.

 

Q3) How are the BMAT bands decided - e.g are a certain percentile of
applicants in band one, etc.

 

A3) Not applicable – we do not have banding scores.

 

Q4) For the above admissions cycles, what were the average BMAT scores
(for each section) of:

 

- all applicants to the course

- unsuccessful applicants in general

- applicants not offered an interview

- applicants unsuccessful after interview

- applicants successful after interview (given a conditional/unconditional
offer)

 

A4) Please see attached PDF document titled ‘FOI 019 – 112 – Qus 4 and Qu
7 – BMAT scores’.

 

Q5) What criteria are assessed at interview - and how are they assessed?
How is a candidate’s performance recorded (I.e is there a form the
interviewers fill in?)

 

A5) Please see attached ‘ScoreCardTemplate’ PDF.

 

Q6) How is the BMAT essay used at interview? Is the quality of the essay a
factor at interview, or is it only used as a talking point?

 

A6) The BMAT essay may be discussed at interview and used to score
criteria in the attached Score Card template.

 

Q7) For each type of school (e.g comprehensive, grammar, academy, free
school, private, etc), as well as the total numbers for all applicants,
could you provide:

 

- the number of rejections before interview, rejections after interview,
offers made, and number who actually enrolled on the course

- their average BMAT scores for each section

- their average A level grades

 

A7) Please see attached PDF document titled ‘FOI 019 – 112 – Qu 7 –
Rejections and A Level grades’.

 

Q8) Can you also provide information on when people are called for
interview?

 

A8) Candidates are called to interview from late November through March.

 

Q9) Can you also provide information on how GCSE grades are used in
selection, -in general -but also for people who already have their A Level
grades - if someone already has their A Level grades do these factor more
heavily in the decision making than predicted grades would have? Does
having your A Level grades already decrease the weight placed on GCSE
grades?

 

A9) We do not use GCSE grades as part of the selection criteria other than
to ensure that candidates meet the GCSE requirements.

 

Q10) In general what are the qualities of an ideal/desirable candidate for
the course? What criteria do imperial take into account or are looking
for?

 

A10) Please refer to the selection medicine.pdf for criteria assessed. 

 

We are unable to respond to queries about Imperial Medical School and what
criteria they take into account as we would not hold this information.

 

Q11) How is the personal statement judged/used in assessing applicants?

 

A11) Please refer to the ‘Selection medicine’ PDF for the criteria
assessed in a personal statement.

 

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