2019 & 2020 admissions data for single honours law course - SOAS

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Dear School of Oriental and African Studies,

I hope that this finds you well. I would like to request the following data under the Freedom of Information Act about the single honours undergraduate law course at your university for each of the following admissions cycles:

2018/2019
2019/2020

(please provide the data separately for each cycle)

The data I am requesting is:

(a) The total number of applications received for the course

(b) The total number of offers made for the course

(c) The total number of students who accepted the course as their firm choice on UCAS

(d) The total number of students who enrolled on the course in September/October after the cycle ended

(e) The average number of A* grades, A grades, B grades, C grades and D grades at A-level held by applicants studying A-levels (whether these were predicted or achieved)

(f) The average number of A* grades, A grades, B grades, C grades and D grades at A-level held by offer holders studying A-levels (whether these were predicted or achieved)

(g) The average LNAT multiple choice grade achieved by applicants

(h) The average LNAT multiple choice grade achieved by offer holders

Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon!

Yours faithfully,

Amalia Haynen

Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

Dear Amalia Haynen,

Thank you for your request for information which has been received by
SOAS.

We will provide you with the School’s response as soon as possible and
within 20 working days of the date of your request.

Yours sincerely,  
Vanessa Bell
Records Manager and Archivist
Information and Technology Directorate
SOAS, University of London
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Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

FOI2021/105

 

Dear Amalia Haynen,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request of 22 May 2021. I
have reproduced your questions below together with SOAS’s response.

 

I would like to request the following data under the Freedom of
Information Act about the single honours undergraduate law course at your
university for each of the following admissions cycles:

2018/2019
2019/2020

(please provide the data separately for each cycle)

The data I am requesting is:

(a) The total number of applications received for the course

(b) The total number of offers made for the course

(c) The total number of students who accepted the course as their firm
choice on UCAS

(d) The total number of students who enrolled on the course in
September/October after the cycle ended

(e) The average number of A* grades, A grades, B grades, C grades and D
grades at A-level held by applicants studying A-levels (whether these were
predicted or achieved)

(f) The average number of A* grades, A grades, B grades, C grades and D
grades at A-level held by offer holders studying A-levels (whether these
were predicted or achieved)

(g) The average LNAT multiple choice grade achieved by applicants

(h) The average LNAT multiple choice grade achieved by offer holders

 

Our response

(a) 2019 = 630; 2020 = 670

(b) 2019 = 470; 2020 = 590

(c) 2019 = 190; 2020 = 130

 

Responses to d), e) and f)

 

(d) The total number of students who enrolled on the course in
September/October after the cycle ended
New enrolments onto the 1st year of single honours Law programmes (LLB,
LLB with year abroad, Senior Status LLB)
105 enrolled, withdrawn or interrupted as of 1st
2019 entry: Dec 2019
190 enrolled, withdrawn or interrupted as of 1st
2020 entry: Dec 2020
Programme A19/20 A20/21
LLB 90 165
LLB with Year Abroad 5 10
Senior Status LLB 15 10
Grand Total 105 190

 

(e)

 
2019 Entry Applicants
studying A levels 400
Average # of grade per
Grade # of this grade applicant
A* 85 0.21
A 255 0.64
B 415 1.04
C 290 0.73
D 160 0.41
     
2020 Entry Applicants
studying A levels 745
Average # of grade per
Grade # of this grade applicant
A* 250 0.34
A 615 0.83
B 785 1.06
C 445 0.60
D 225 0.30
 

(f)

 

2019 Entry Offer holders
studying A levels 285
Average # of grade per offer
Grade # of this grade holder
A* 80 0.27
A 230 0.81
B 355 1.25
C 200 0.70
D 60 0.22
D 115 0.18

 

 

2020 Entry Offer holders
studying A levels 615
Average # of grade per offer
Grade # of this grade holder
A* 245 0.40
A 590 0.96
B 720 1.17
C 330 0.54
D 115 0.18

 

 

(g) 2019 = 19. Data for 2020 is withheld because the number of applicants
was so few, the calculated average may lead to the identification of
individuals’ scores. LNAT exams were cancelled mid-cycle in 2020, which
caused the low number of exam candidates.

             

(h) 2019 = 24. Data for 2020 is withheld because the number of offer
holders was so few, the calculated average may lead to the identification
of individuals’ scores. The low numbers were caused by the cancellation of
LNAT exams mid-cycle.

 

Data sources:

For a), b), c), g) and h): Applicant data extracted from the student
record system Unit-E by SOAS’ Admissions team

For d), e), f): Applicant and qualification data extracted from the
student record system Unit-E by SOAS’ Planning team

 

Rounding strategy

The data is rounded using the same rounding methodology that is used by
the Higher

Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Their strategy is summarised below:

 

Due to the provisions of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK
GDPR) and the Human

Rights Act 1998, HESA implements a strategy in published and released
tabulations

designed to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any
individual. There are

three aspects to the rounding methodology:

·       Counts of people are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5.

·       Percentages (like % of students who are disabled) are not
published if they are

fractions of a small group of people (fewer than 22.5). This includes
percentage change calculations ([New-Old]/Old) where either the old or new
number is less than 22.5.

·       Averages (like average age or average salary) are not published if
they are averages

of a small group of people (7 or fewer).

 

Note that Totals are rounded separately, so the total will not always
equal the sum of the

row/column it represents. Percentages are not rounded.

 

Your right to appeal
I hope that you are satisfied with this response, but if you are not you
can ask me for an informal review within 40 working days of receipt of
this response:

 

Information Compliance Manager

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

 

Email: [1][SOAS request email]

 

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Commissioner is available on the Commissioner's website
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Yours sincerely, 

David Ogden

Information Compliance Manager

Information and Technology Directorate
SOAS, University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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