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A-Levels Of Students Who Received Offers.

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Dear University College London,

I was wondering if it is possible to find out what the A-Level subjects and the grades of the students who received offers for your Biomedical Science (BSc) (B990) course within the last 3 admission cycles. I am looking for data based on either predicted or actual grades received.

I enquire about this because on the official website it is stated that Mathematics is a preferred A-Level so I was wondering how not taking an A-Level in Mathematics but instead one of UCL’s other preferred A-Levels from the list on the website would affect an application. Does UCL not give any offers to Biomedical applicants who do not take mathematics? Is it possible to know the percentage of students who receive an offer for the course without taking an A-Level in Mathematics? If there is an advantage to students who take A-Level Mathematics, is there a way for students who do not to increase their chances. Also, I am curious as to know why UCL has a preference for an A-Level in Mathematics for their Biomedical Sciences course compared to other universities that do not require it for the same degree. What is different about the UCL course?

Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully,

J. H. Dar

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Dear J H Dar

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 10^th November 2023.
Many apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about UCL’s BSc Biomedical Science (B990)
programme for the last 3 admission cycles.

 

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Your Request:

 

what the A-Level subjects and the grades of the students who received
offers for your Biomedical Science (BSc) (B990) course within the last 3
admission cycles. I am looking for data based on either predicted or
actual grades received.

 

• This information has been withheld under Section 40(2) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) by virtue of Section 40(3A)(i). 

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information from a response to a request under the FOIA when the
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As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test.

 

I enquire about this because on the official website it is stated that
Mathematics is a preferred A-Level so I was wondering how not taking an
A-Level in Mathematics but instead one of UCL’s other preferred A-Levels
from the list on the website would affect an application. Does UCL not
give any offers to Biomedical applicants who do not take mathematics?

 

• UCL does give offers to Biomedical applicants who have not taken A
level Mathematics (or the equivalent in another qualification).

 

Is it possible to know the percentage of students who receive an offer for
the course without taking an A-Level in Mathematics?

 

Offers with Maths, Offers without Maths,
Further Maths or Pure Further Maths or Pure
Academic Cycle Maths A-Levels (%) Maths A-Levels (%)
2021 67% 33%
2022 78% 22%
2023 68% 32%

 

 

If there is an advantage to students who take A-Level Mathematics, is
there a way for students who do not to increase their chances.

 

• Candidates who study the preferred subject, Mathematics, may be
advantaged in their application as it is a preferred subject. 
However, as UCL assesses an application holistically instead of based
on grades/subjects only, it is not possible to say how studying the
preferred subject will affect an application as there are other
factors to consider.

 

 

Also, I am curious as to know why UCL has a preference for an A-Level in
Mathematics for their Biomedical Sciences course compared to other
universities that do not require it for the same degree. What is different
about the UCL course?

 

• UCL has asked for an A-Level in Mathematics as this has been a great
differential in how analytic our students are if they have taken
Mathematics.  A high level Mathematics component increases our student
engagement with Chemistry and Pharmacology components in year 1 and
beyond.

 

 

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