Dear University College London,
Please provide the following data in relation to all of your undergraduate law courses (i.e. any course with course code M1**) for the following admissions cycles:
1. Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’ policy where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than applicants who do not meet such criteria;
2. If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that typically make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead of A*AA);
3. The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all law-related courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example, 4 in 2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).
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Dear Mr Dimitroulopoulos,
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Please provide the following data in relation to all of your undergraduate
law courses (i.e. any course with course code M1**) for the following
1. Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’
policy where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to
meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than
applicants who do not meet such criteria.
A1) Yes, please see below for the schemes on offer:
· Realising Opportunities
· Access UCL
2. If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that
typically make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead
Realising Opportunities – GCE A Level grades A*AA, OR AAB and Pass in
Access UCL – GCE A Level grades A*AA, OR AAB and successful completion of
the Access UCL scheme.
3. The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all law-related
courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example, 4 in
2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).
2015 – 0.
2016 – 0.
2017 – <5.
2018 – <5.
2019 – 0.
2019 – 18.
Please note that the Access UCL scheme did not operate previously, 2019 is
the first year.
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