Dear Imperial College London,

I am writing to request further information on the admission to
your Medicine (A100) course. My queries relate to the following
points:

1. The way in which candidates are selected for invitation to interview. In particular, I would like any marking sheet used when assessing candidate's personal statements and/or UCAS applications as a whole. I would like any scoring system used to assess candidate's BMAT results. I would like any algorithm used to assimilate candidate's performance in each of these areas at this stage and how this is used to come to a decision about whether to offer an interview or not.
2. I would like further information on how a candidate's performance at interview is assessed. I would like any marking sheet used by interviewers, and information concerning the way in which these results are used in deciding whether to offer that candidate a place on the course or not.
3. Admissions statistic for the 2014/2015 entry cycle, including:
a - number of applicants
b - number of candidates invited to interview
c - number of offers given out
d - number of places available

I thank you in advance for your help in answering my queries.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Edwards

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Edwards

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. As you may know, the College must respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request, and sooner if possible.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Catherine Harpham

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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Dear Mr Edwards

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

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

"1. The way in which candidates are selected for invitation to interview. In particular, I would like any marking sheet used when assessing candidate's personal statements and/or UCAS applications as a whole. I would like any scoring system used to assess candidate's BMAT results. I would like any algorithm used to assimilate candidate's performance in each of these areas at this stage and how this is used to come to a decision about whether to offer an interview or not."

All candidates applying to the A100 Medicine course must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. Invitations to an interview will be based on:
• Performance in all three Sections of the BMAT
• The content of the UCAS application

BMAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. Consequently, the absolute BMAT cut-off changes each year. However, the BMAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide.

For 2014 entry, the minimum scores required were:
• A score of 4.5 in Section 1
• A score of 4.6 in Section 2
• A score of 2.5 and Grade B in Section 3

Following review of BMAT scores, applications from candidates whose BMAT scores exceed the cut-off undergo a panel shortlisting process. Following shortlisting of candidates on the basis of the content of their UCAS application, candidates are either invited for interview or rejected.

Please find a copy of the Shortlisting Template attached. This shows the factors that are considered, which are each graded as Strong or Moderate or Weak. From this, candidates will be recommended as one of three outcomes: Definite Interview, Possible Interview, or No Interview.

Those who receive Definite Interview as the recommendation are invited to interview.

Those who receive Possible Interview as the recommendation undergo shortlisting again from one of four Admissions Tutors. If the outcome does not change, then the Director of Admissions makes a final recommendation to interview or reject the candidate.

Those who receive No Interview as a recommendation are rejected at this stage.

"2. I would like further information on how a candidate's performance at interview is assessed. I would like any marking sheet used by interviewers, and information concerning the way in which these results are used in deciding whether to offer that candidate a place on the course or not."

Please find a copy of the Interviewer Template attached. This shows the factors that are considered, which are each graded Strong or Moderate or Weak.

All aspects of the candidate’s performance are considered and offers made on a case by case basis; however, no candidate who scores Moderate or Weak on the following two criteria are made an offer:
• Motivation to study medicine
• Realistic approach to medicine as a career

"3. Admissions statistic for the 2014/2015 entry cycle, including:
a - number of applicants
b - number of candidates invited to interview c - number of offers given out d - number of places available"

The number of applicants for A100 for 2014/15 entry was 2253.
The number of candidates invited to interview was 656.
The number of offers given out was 428.
The number of places available was 277.

Please be advised that there is considerable information about the A100 course at the following link, including detailed admissions criteria on the Entry Requirements tab: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/cours...

The College is 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
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2AZ
Tel: 020 759 47272
E-mail: [email address]

The College Secretary must respond to all complaints within 20 working days.

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
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards

Catherine Harpham

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