Miss Zoe Allwood
24 March 2020
Dear Mr Dinsmore,
Your request was received on 25 February 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).
For undergraduate admissions cycles 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 please provide:
1) for each course, the number of applicants with 3 A-levels
2) for each course, number of applicants with 4 A-levels
3) for each course, number of applicants with 5 or more A-levels
4) for each course, number of offers made to applicants with 3 A-levels
5) for each course, number of offers made to applicants with 4 A-levels
6) for each course, number of offers made to applicants with 5 or more A-levels
7) for each course, for those applicants with 4 or more A-levels, the number of offers requiring
grades in 3 A-levels.
8) for each course, for those applicants with 4 or more A-levels, the number of offers requiring
grades in 4 or more A-levels.
Then please repeat 1-8 for each College instead of course.
NB. A-levels should exclude Critical Thinking or General Studies.
The information you have requested, taken as a whole, is refused under section 12(1) of the Act. In
questions 7 and 8, you have requested a highly detailed set of statistical information that cannot be
sourced straightforwardly from the relevant database and would require the manual scrutiny of each
offer letter in order for it to be generated. The University has estimated that the time required to locate,
retrieve and extract the information you have requested would considerably surpass 18 hours of staff
time charged at £25 per hour, and therefore that your request exceeds the appropriate limit of £450 as
set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
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your request to bring it within the appropriate limit. It is likely that the following information could be
provided within the appropriate limit of £450: the first six questions of your request. You will need to
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