Admissions Statistics for BA English (Q300) - University of Bristol

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Dear University of Bristol,

Could you please provide me with information regarding BA English (Q300) applicants for 2019 entry or deferred entry in 2020 for the following:

1) How many applications were there for Q300 English?
2) The predicted A Level grades of each applicant
3) What was the number of places available?
4) How many offers were made?

Please could you provide this information in an Excel spreadsheet.

Yours faithfully,

Bradley Stewart

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Dear Mr Stewart,


Freedom of Information Request (our reference FOI20-166)


We refer to your Freedom of Information request dated 29^th March. We
apologise for the delay in responding. In line with government advice, the
University has put in place measures to protect staff and students during
the current Covid-19 pandemic, including staff working from home. We hope
you will appreciate that this has led to some unavoidable disruption and
we regret that we have not been able to respond to requests as quickly as
we would wish. You requested the following information:


“Could you please provide me with information regarding BA English (Q300)
applicants for 2019 entry or deferred entry in 2020 for the following:

1) How many applications were there for Q300 English?
2) The predicted A Level grades of each applicant
3) What was the number of places available?
4) How many offers were made?”


University’s Response


Further to Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act”) we
confirm that the information requested is held by the University of
Bristol (the “University”).


For questions 1,2 and 4 the University relies on s.21 of the Act to refuse
disclosure, namely that the information is already reasonable accessible
to you. UCAS provides this data through their [1]UCAS EXACT service.


The information requested in question 3 is exempt from disclosure further
details can be found below.


Exempt information:


The information concerning the number of places available
(or registration targets) is exempt from disclosure as the disclosure of
this information would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of the University.


Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption that requires the University to
weigh the public interest in favour of disclosure, which is presumed from
the FOIA, against the public interest in withholding the information.


While there is public interest in transparency in relation to the
admissions process, the University is very open about its admissions
policies and procedures and is happy to disclose various other admissions
related data. The University operates in an extremely competitive sector.
Disclosing the registration targets would weaken our position by giving
competitors an insight into our market share strategies allowing patterns
and trends to be identified. This would be very beneficial to them as they
would be able to tailor their own strategies to match or exceed ours.
Therefore, disclosure of the exempt information could cause the University
genuine commercial prejudice if it was available to competitors within the
sector. To allow universities to compete effectively they must be able to
withhold certain information from public disclosure in order to develop
successful admission strategies. On balance, the University has found
Section 43(2) can be applied to this information.


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