A100 Medicine Undergraduate - Home and International students information for 2022 and 2023 entry

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Dear Cardiff University,

I would like to know student intake information about A100 Medicine in 2022 and 2023

1. How many applications for A100 Medicine? What are the numbers for Home students and International students?
2. What are the lowest marks for IB and UCAT who got an offer for an interview, for Home students and International students?
3. How many interviews are offered to Home students and International students?
4. How many successful offers are made to Home students and International students?
5. How many places are accepted by Home students and International students?
6. A breakdown of nationalities of applications and offers from International students

Yours faithfully,

SW

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The request is made by Serena Wong.

Yours sincerely,

Serena Wong

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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Serena

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 19
August 2023

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

 

I would like to know student intake information about A100 Medicine in
2022 and 2023

 

Please note for 2023 entry, the University holds this information however
we consider this information exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act entitled “Commercial Interests”. In particular,
section 43(2) states that information is exempt if its disclosure under
this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests
of any person (including the public authority holding it).

 

The release of information on applications and offers for the current
admissions period into the public domain would be highly likely to
prejudice the University’s commercial interests, by allowing competitor
institutions to undermine the University’s recruitment activity by
responding with different approaches to offer making, particularly in the
run up and during the confirmation and clearing period. We further
consider that releasing this information would be likely to influence
admissions practices of individual applicants, and this would be likely to
impact on recruitment offers and outcomes and potentially disrupt the
admissions processes across the sector and undermine the principles of
competition law.

 

Disclosure of this information would reveal details of the outcome of the
University’s recruitment activities and strategy and to release this
information into the public domain would enable our competitors to benefit
by adapting their offer making strategies and altering their behaviour in
the run up and during confirmation and clearing; as well as benefitting by
copying our strategy or programmes. In so doing this will affect the
University’s ability to distinguish itself from its competitors in a
highly competitive market.

 

Any loss of market share and reduction in enrolled student numbers would
have a significant impact on the University’s student fee income and would
further impact the University’s long term financial sustainability. As
public funding sources for higher education have declined, student fee
income has become an increasingly important source of income and is a key
factor in ensuring the University’s long term financial sustainability.
The ability for the universities in general, and Cardiff University in
particular as a major research intensive university in Wales, to compete
effectively in a global market is an important strategic objective as set
out by the Welsh Government in 'For Our Future: the higher education
strategy plan for Wales' and in the Welsh Government Policy Statement on
Higher Education which is available at:
[1]principles-for-change-post-compulsory-education-and-training.pdf
(gov.wales). It is also important that Cardiff University is able to
continue competing on an equal footing with similar large, research
intensive institutions in the UK and overseas.

 

Based on the above it is considered that the commercial interest of the
University would be likely to be prejudiced by release and as such the
Section 43(2) exemption is engaged.

 

In applying the Section 43 exemption the University has taken account of
the public interest as required by the Act. The University has reviewed
the arguments in favour of disclosing the information (openness and
transparency in public life) and found them to be outweighed by the
greater general public interest in protection of the University's
competitive edge and market positioning.

 

The University must consider the public interest test when applying this
exemption and this is considered below.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in Favour of Disclosure

It is in the public interest to release information that provides a
greater public understanding of the way the University operates and its
provisions for future delivery of its services.

 

Factors in Favour of Non-disclosure

It is not in the public interest to release information that would be
likely to damage the commercial interests of the University by undermining
its ability to compete in the marketplace.

 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would reduce
the efficiency and effectiveness of the University by having the effect of
damaging the ability of the University to pursue its recruitment
strategies on an equal footing to other public and privately funded
education institutions.

 

On balance it is considered that it would not be in the public interest to
release this information and therefore the information will not be
released at this time.

 

 

 1. How many applications for A100 Medicine?  What are the numbers for
Home students and International students?

 

A100 Applications All Headcount
Home 3366
Overseas 698
Grand Total 4064

 

 2. What are the lowest marks for IB and UCAT who got an offer for an
interview, for Home students and International students?

 

We received no applications in 2022/23 with IB marks, please note
International Baccalaureate  applicants applying prior to having achieved
the IB qualification must include details (including a breakdown of
subjects and grades) of their achieved Level 2 examinations, GCSE and
Middle Years Programme (MYP), in the Education Section on their UCAS
application to be considered. We accept performance from the MYP
in English qualification (either at SL or HL) as indicative of the
expectation of IB English: A Language and Literature (first language) or
IB English B (second language) being achieved at SL6 or HL5.  Successful
candidates require an overall total of 36 points (excluding Theory of
Knowledge and the Extended Essay) for entry.  

A minimum of 19 points must be achieved in Higher level subjects made up
of a score of 7, 6, 6 points to include two science subjects. This must
include at least one of Biology and Chemistry at Higher level (if both
subjects are not offered then the second subject must be one of Physics,
and either Mathematics or Statistics) with the score of 6 points being
achieved in either Chemistry or Biology. Chemistry or Biology must be
offered at Standard Level with a score of 7 points, if not at Higher
level.  

 

If Mathematics and English language are not offered within the diploma
they should be offered as GCSE subjects with at least grade 6/B.  

 

Graduate applicants who have achieved the IB qualification must achieve an
overall total of 32 points (excluding Theory of Knowledge and the Extended
Essay). A minimum of 17 points must be achieved in Higher level subjects
made up of a score of 5, 6, 6 points to include two science subjects. 
Plus, having achieved a BSc Honours degree 2:1 or above, or be working
towards it.   

 

Lowest Home UCAT score offered interview = 1670

Lowest International UCAT score offered interview = 2590

 

 3. How many interviews are offered to Home students and International
students?

 

Home = 981

International 53

 

 4. How many successful offers are made to Home students and International
students?

 

A100 Offer All Made Headcount
Home 369
Overseas 44
Grand Total 413

 

 5. How many places are accepted by Home students and International
students?

 

A100 Acceptances Headcount
Home 271
Overseas 36
Grand Total 307

 

 6. A breakdown of nationalities of applications and offers from
International students

 

The University holds this information however we consider this information
exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act
entitled “Commercial Interests”. In particular, section 43(2) states that
information is exempt if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the
public authority holding it).

 

The recruitment of both Home and International students is a very
competitive environment where UK universities face competition not just
from each other but also from other institutions around the world.
Students are highly mobile and have wide choices over where they may
decide to study.

 

The release of information on applications and offers into the public
domain would be highly likely to prejudice the University’s commercial
interests, by allowing competitor institutions to undermine the
University’s recruitment activity. Disclosure of this information would
reveal details of the outcome of the University’s recruitment strategy and
to release this information into the public domain would enable our
competitors to benefit by copying our strategy or programmes. In so doing
this will affect the University’s ability to distinguish itself from its
competitors in a highly competitive market.

 

Any loss of market share and reduction in enrolled student numbers would
have a significant impact on the University’s student fee income and would
further impact the University’s long term financial sustainability. As
public funding sources for higher education have declined, student fee
income has become an increasingly important source of income and is a key
factor in ensuring the University’s long term financial sustainability.
The ability for the universities in general, and Cardiff University in
particular as a major research intensive university in Wales, to compete
effectively in a global market is an important strategic objective as set
out by the Welsh Government in 'For Our Future: the higher education
strategy plan for Wales' and in the Welsh Government Policy Statement on
Higher Education which is available at:
[2]principles-for-change-post-compulsory-education-and-training.pdf
(gov.wales). It is also important that Cardiff University is able to
continue competing on an equal footing with similar large, research
intensive institutions in the UK and overseas.

 

Based on the above it is considered that the commercial interest of the
University would be likely to be prejudiced by release and as such the
Section 43(2) exemption is engaged.

 

In applying the Section 43 exemption the University has taken account of
the public interest as required by the Act. The University has reviewed
the arguments in favour of disclosing the information (openness and
transparency in public life) and found them to be outweighed by the
greater general public interest in protection of the University's
competitive edge and market positioning.

 

The University must consider the public interest test when applying this
exemption and this is considered below.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in Favour of Disclosure

It is in the public interest to release information that provides a
greater public understanding of the way the University operates and its
provisions for future delivery of its services.

 

Factors in Favour of Non-disclosure

It is not in the public interest to release information that would be
likely to damage the commercial interests of the University by undermining
its ability to compete in the marketplace.

 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would reduce
the efficiency and effectiveness of the University by having the effect of
damaging the ability of the University to pursue its recruitment
strategies on an equal footing to other public and privately funded
education institutions.

 

On balance it is considered that it would not be in the public interest to
release this information and therefore the information will not be
released at this time.

 

 

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Cardiff University. If you require further assistance, please feel free to
contact me.

 

 

 

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

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