A100 Medicine 2017 Entry Statistics

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Dear Imperial College London,

Please can I request the following data for the 2016 application cycle (2017 Entry) for Medicine (A100):

1) The number of GCSEs each applicant applied with, and itemised grades (e.g. 3A*s 4As 1B)
2) The predicted and achieved grades in A-levels or any relevant qualification
3) The type of school the applicant attended (i.e. State Maintained (and Grammar itemised separately), Independent etc.) at the time of GCSEs and then A-levels.
4) The 'contextual score' assigned to each applicant to show under/over-performance contextually.
5) Whether the applicant qualified for 'extenuating circumstances'.
6) The BMAT scores in each section.
7) The outcome of application and college allocated to.
8) If rejected, a generalised reason as to why.

Please ensure all information is anonymous and individuals cannot be identified from it in order to maintain this resource widely available to the pubic and respect anonymity.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Ferreira

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Ferreira,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Bryony Greenfield

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Ferreira,

I write further to your Freedom of Information Act request below to ask for clarification.

You refer to the 2016 cycle but 2017 entry. Please will you confirm whether you require the data for the 2016 UCAS cycle, 2017 UCAS cycle or the data for 2017 entry, as each will result in a different data set.

Additionally, in relation to question 2, please will you confirm a specific list of other relevant qualifications that you would like the data for please?

Please note that the College will be unable to respond to your request until we have received clarification from you.

Kind regards,

Bryony Greenfield

Dear IMPFOI,

I refer to the the cycle in which the current first year undergraduate students applied in. The data for 2017 entry.

Regarding question 2, ignore my request for 'equivalent qualification. Simply provide the predicted A level results.

Additionally, if possible, please provide the achieved AS results prior to application.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Ferreira

Dear IMPFOI,

I refer to the the cycle in which the current first year undergraduate students applied in. The data for 2017 entry. (Latest available data)

Regarding question 2, ignore my request for 'equivalent qualification. Simply provide the predicted A level results.

Additionally, if possible, please provide the achieved AS results prior to application.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Ferreira

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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Dear Mr Ferreira,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

Please find below the College's response to your questions:

 

1) The number of GCSEs each applicant applied with, and itemised grades
(e.g. 3A*s 4As 1B)

 

GCSE grades are provided to the College in the UCAS application forms,
however the data submitted is not verified by the College and as a result
it may be incomplete.

 

Additionally, the data is not transferred from the UCAS application forms
to the College records system. Therefore, to provide this information
would require manually checking each individual UCAS form that was
submitted for 2017 entry and then analysing the results to determine the
number of GCSEs and the grades achieved.  Therefore, the location,
extraction and collation of the data requested would exceed the
appropriate limit. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure
under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 12 states
that “Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit (under the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004).”  The appropriate limit is set at 18 hours.

 

2) The predicted and achieved grades in A-levels

 

Please see Tables 1 and 2 in the attached spreadsheet.

 

The predicted and achieved A-Levels at the point of application have been
combined. If reported separately, anyone who was predicted/ had already
achieved fewer than 3 A-Levels would be excluded from the data, for
example if candidates had sat one or more A-Level’s early and were still
studying for an additional two A levels at the point of application, they
would not be included. Additionally, for a candidate who had sat one A
level but was taking three more at the point of application, only the A
levels that the candidate was taking would be recorded, leading to
incorrect information about the applicant’s full academic profile. When
assessing an applicant’s A levels, all achieved and pending grades are
taken into consideration. The data therefore shows the applicants’
academic profile at the time their application was made.

 

Data regarding the predicated and achieved A-Level grades where the number
of applicants was five or fewer has been withheld on data protection
grounds. Even if just the number of applicants was redacted, individuals
may still be identifiable from the combination of grades. This information
is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of
Information Act, which states that "any information to which a request for
information relates is also exempt information if - (a) it constitutes
personal data."

 

The predicted practical grades for science subject A levels have not been
included as this data is not always provided at the point of application
which would result in the data being incomplete.

 

3) The type of school the applicant attended (i.e. State Maintained (and
Grammar itemised separately), Independent etc.) at the time of GCSEs and
then A-levels.

 

Please see Table 3 in the attached spreadsheet.

 

The College only holds information regarding the type of school through
which the applicant made their application. Data is not held regarding
applicants’ school types at the time of their GCSEs.

 

Figures of five or fewer have been replaced with an asterisk. This is
because individuals may otherwise be identifiable from the data provided.
This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2)
of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to
which a request for information relates is also exempt information if -
(a) it constitutes personal data."

 

Where the number of applicants from a particular school type is five or
fewer, and as a result giving just the school type with the figure
redacted could still lead to individuals being identifiable, this data has
also been withheld in its entirety for data protection purposes, as
explained above.

 

4) The 'contextual score' assigned to each applicant to show
under/over-performance contextually.

 

The College does not assign a contextual score to applicants. The College
uses its own criteria to determine whether an applicant is from a Widening
Participation background.

 

5) Whether the applicant qualified for 'extenuating circumstances'.

 

To ascertain which applicants qualified for extenuating circumstances
would involve manually reviewing all of the applications. Therefore, the
location, extraction and collation of the data requested would exceed the
appropriate limit. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure
under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 12 states
that “Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit (under the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004).”  The appropriate limit is set at 18 hours.

 

6) The BMAT scores in each section.

 

Please see Table 4 in the attached spreadsheet, which shows the average
BMAT scores in each section for all applicants who took the BMAT, those
who received an offer and those whose place was confirmed.

 

7) The outcome of application and college allocated to.

 

Please see Table 3, which shows the number of offers made and the number
of places confirmed. Table 2 also shows the number of candidates (and
their predicted and achieved A-Level grades) that received an offer.

 

8) If rejected, a generalised reason as to why.

 

Please see Table 5.

 

Generalised reasons for rejection have been provided where available.
Figures of five or fewer have been replaced with an asterisk. This is
because individuals may otherwise be identifiable from the data provided.
This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2)
of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to
which a request for information relates is also exempt information if -
(a) it constitutes personal data."

 

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our
complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your
request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response,
you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

 

The College Secretary

Imperial College London

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London

SW7 2AZ

E-mail: [1][email address]

 

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles
your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for
the Freedom of Information Act who is:

 

The Information Commissioner

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Kind regards,

 

Bryony Greenfield

 

 

Dear IMPFOI,

Thank you very much for this, you have been very helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Ferreira