Admissions statistics for Law (M100) - University College London

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John Dimitroulopoulos

Dear University College London,

Please provide the following data regarding undergraduate admissions to the Law LLB (M100) programme at University College London for the following admissions cycles: 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, and 2016/2017.

Their attachment as an Excel file would be preferable, so as to facilitate their comparison and compilation.

(I)GCSEs
The percentage of applicants who have achieved (I)GCSE grades prior to their application;

The average number of A*s already achieved at (I)GCSE level by applicants;
The average number of As already achieved at (I)GCSE level by applicants;
The average number of Bs already achieved at (I)GCSE level by applicants;
The average number of Cs already achieved at (I)GCSE level by applicants;

The average number of A*s already achieved at (I)GCSE level by offer holders;
The average number of As already achieved at (I)GCSE level by offer holders;
The average number of Bs already achieved at (I)GCSE level by offer holders;
The average number of Cs already achieved at (I)GCSE level by offer holders;

AS-levels (if applicable)
The percentage of applicants who have achieved AS level grades prior to their application;

The average number of As already achieved at AS level by applicants;
The average number of Bs already achieved at AS level by applicants;
The average number of Cs already achieved at AS level by applicants;
The average number of Ds already achieved at AS level by applicants;

The mean average UMS for applicants (if taken into consideration);
The mean average UMS for offer holders (if taken into consideration);

A-levels
The percentage of applicants who have predicted or achieved A-level grades prior to their application (i.e. those not sitting a foreign examination, such the IB or the European Baccalaureate);

The average number of predicted A* grades for applicants studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted A grades for applicants studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted B grades for applicants studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted C grades for applicants studying A-levels.

The average number of predicted A* grades for offer holders studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted A grades for offer holders studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted B grades for offer holders studying A-levels;
The average number of predicted C grades for offer holders studying A-levels.

The average number of A-level subjects taken by applicants;
The average number of A-level subjects taken by offer holders;

IB
The average predicted IB grade for applicants (for instance, 40);
The average predicted IB grade for applicants (for instance, 41);

LNAT (if applicable)
The average score in the multiple choice section of the LNAT held by applicants;
The average score in the multiple choice section of the LNAT held by offer holders;

Acceptances

The total number of applicants for the M100 course;
The total number of offer holders for the M100 course;
The offer rate for the M100 course;

The percentage of offer holders who chose your university’s M100 course as their firm choice on UCAS;
The total number of offer holders who met or exceeded their offer;
The total number of offer holders who missed their offer;
The number of offer holders who missed their offer in some way, but who were still offered a place on results day.

Yours faithfully,

John Dimitroulopoulos

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Dear John,

Thank you for your below request for information.

Please see below for additional information regarding your request and queries which require your clarification. For ease, I have labelled the items below so our questions can be refer to them.

1. Items 1-9 - what do you mean by "(I)GCSE"? UCL has applicants who have GCSE and applicants who have "IGCSE" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internatio.... Are you asking about the former or the latter or both combined?

2. Items 10-14 and 17 - UCL does not record whether individual qualifications are held by the student at the point of application or achieved by the student after application. It would probably be safe to assume that most GSCEs (or equivalent) and AS results are achieved prior to application, and for the majority of A level results they are not held at the point of application.

3. Items 15 - 16 - UCL does not hold this information and does not take it into consideration during our decision making process.

4. Items 28 and 29 appear to be identical to each other - can you clarify whether this was a typographical error?

5. Items 36 - 38 - are you asking about all offer holders or just candidates who chose UCL as their firm choice?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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John Dimitroulopoulos

Hi Mehwish,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

I've quoted and answered your requests for clarification below:

1. Items 1-9 - what do you mean by "(I)GCSE"? UCL has applicants who have GCSE and applicants who have "IGCSE" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internatio.... Are you asking about the former or the latter or both combined?

Both GCSE and IGCSE combined, please.

2. Items 10-14 and 17 - UCL does not record whether individual qualifications are held by the student at the point of application or achieved by the student after application. It would probably be safe to assume that most GSCEs (or equivalent) and AS results are achieved prior to application, and for the majority of A level results they are not held at the point of application.

Indeed. Just the grades seen by the UCL admissions team would be sufficient, irrespective of whether they are achieved or predicted.

3. Items 15 - 16 - UCL does not hold this information and does not take it into consideration during our decision making process.

Thank you - I suspected as much.

4. Items 28 and 29 appear to be identical to each other - can you clarify whether this was a typographical error?

It was an error on my part. I meant:

"IB
The average predicted IB grade for applicants (for instance, 40);
The average predicted IB grade for offer holders (for instance, 41);"

5. Items 36 - 38 - are you asking about all offer holders or just candidates who chose UCL as their firm choice?

I was only asking about the offer holders who had firmed the university.

Yours sincerely,

John Dimitroulopoulos

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear John,

Further to your below e-mail, are you also able to clarify the following:

- Could you let us know whether the "2016/17 admissions cycle" means those applying to enter in September 2016 or September 2017? Could you also let us know this information for all the other years' of data requested?

Many thanks,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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John Dimitroulopoulos

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

"2016/17 admissions cycle" refers to those applying in the UCAS cycle that starts in late 2016, for entry in September 2017.

The same principle applies to the other cycles I have mentioned (for instance, the "2012/2013 cycle" refers to applicants applying in either late 2012 or early 2013 so as to start their course in September 2013).

Yours sincerely,

John Dimitroulopoulos

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John Dimitroulopoulos

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thank you for your prompt publication of the data. It was extremely informative both to myself and others who happened to come across it.

The time and effort you invested in their production was very much appreciated, and I would like to thank you once again for choosing to do so.

Yours sincerely,

John Dimitroulopoulos