Dear University of Aberdeen,

Subject
Freedom of Information request - A100 selection process

Could you confirm what selection process you are using for your A100 medicine course for RUK please.
I understand you use A levels for academic selection. Could you tell me what points are awarded to each grade and whether there is any change if these grades are achieved rather than predicted, please?
Could you also please tell me how you allocate the points for the UCAT, eg is it in deciles and if so are those based on Pearson Vue scoring or the applicants to Aberdeen?
Could you then also confirm what score was needed for a standard, non-contextual applicant for 2018 and 2019 entry, please?

Yours faithfully,

Judy Macdonald

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Judy Macdonald,

I refer to your email of 23 August and, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Judy Macdonald,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2019-292

I refer to your email of 23 August 2019 requesting information relating to the Medicine A100 selection process.

Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.

1.Could you confirm what selection process you are using for your A100 medicine course for RUK please?

Details of the selection process for Medicine A100 are published on our website, and available from the following link:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergradua...

2.I understand you use A levels for academic selection. Could you tell me what points are awarded to each grade and whether there is any change if these grades are achieved rather than predicted, please?

27 points for A*, 25 points for A,

3.Could you also please tell me how you allocate the points for the UCAT, eg is it in deciles and if so are those based on Pearson Vue scoring or the applicants to Aberdeen?

UCAT is scored based on all applicants to Aberdeen. Applicants total scores are ranked, split into deciles. These deciles are then sub-divided in to two. The maximum number of points available is 60. The minimum is 3.

4.Could you then also confirm what score was needed for a standard, non-contextual applicant for 2018 and 2019 entry, please?

We do not have a contextualised admissions process for RUK students. Details of UCAT scores however can be found on our website –

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/undergradua...

Where we have indicated that the information can be found on our website, please accept this message as notice under section 25(1), for the Act that the information is exempt from disclosure - Information otherwise available.

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Yours sincerely,
Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Dear Foi,

Thank you for your response. As part of my question about A levels, I asked if achieved grades have any advantage over predicted grades, but this does not seem to have been dealt with in your reply.

My question about a score relates to the total score an applicant needed under your scoring system to be invited to interview in 2018 and 2019, not the UCAT scores that had been successful in previous years.

I would be grateful for answers to this part of my request, please.
Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Judy Macdonald

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Judy Macdonald,

I have sent your query to the appropriate team and will respond to your follow-up query as soon as we can.

If you need any further information please let me know.

Kind Regards,

Mary

Mary Sabiston
Information Compliance Officer
University of Aberdeen

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Ms Macdonald,

In reply to your email below, I can offer the following additional information:

A student who has achieved the grades will receive an additional 5 points.

My question about a score relates to the total score an applicant needed under your scoring system to be invited to interview in 2018 and 2019, not the UCAT scores that had been successful in previous years.

Total score for an RUK applicant invited to interview in 2018 – 115
Total score for an RUK applicant invited to interview in 2019 – 110

I hope that this provides the additional information you were looking for.

Yours sincerely

Jody McKenzie
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
University of Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 27(3175)

Follow-up Query
Thank you for your response. As part of my question about A levels, I asked if achieved grades have any advantage over predicted grades, but this does not seem to have been dealt with in your reply.

A student who has achieved the grades will receive an additional 5 points.

My question about a score relates to the total score an applicant needed under your scoring system to be invited to interview in 2018 and 2019, not the UCAT scores that had been successful in previous years.

Total score for an RUK applicant invited to interview in 2018 – 115
Total score for an RUK applicant invited to interview in 2019 – 110

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