Dear Durham University,

Please may I request the following information for the entry years 2019 and 2020 (i.e. admissions cycles) for the BA in International relations at Durham University:

1) Number of applicants
2) Number of offers made
3) Target number of places
4) Mean number of A* achieved grades at GCSE of a) all applicants; b) offer holders
5) Mean number of A* predicted grades at A Level of a) all applicants; b) offer holders
6) Least number of A*s/As achieved by successful candidate at GCSE

Yours faithfully,

Marian Cosgrove

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Ms Cosgrove

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Information Governance Unit
Durham University

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Marian Cosgrove

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University. 
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 

Please may I request the following information for the entry years 2019
and 2020 (i.e. admissions cycles) for the BA in International relations at
Durham University:

 

1) Number of applicants

This information is available from UCAS by using the UCAS EXACT service.
The email address is [1][email address] and information about the service
can be found at
[2]https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/a...
For this reason, the information you have requested is exempt under
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as it is
reasonably accessible otherwise than under the FOIA, even though it may be
accessible only on payment.

 

2) Number of offers made

This information is available from UCAS by using the UCAS EXACT service.
The email address is [3][email address] and information about the service
can be found at
[4]https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/a...
For this reason, the information you have requested is exempt under
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as it is
reasonably accessible otherwise than under the FOIA, even though it may be
accessible only on payment.

 

3) Target number of places

We do not hold targets at programme level. The target for Government and
International Affairs department for 2019 entry Home/EU was 72.

 

4) Mean number of A* achieved grades at GCSE of a) all applicants; b)
offer holders

The mean number of A*s achieved at GCSE for applicants, is 4.6 and for
offer holders is 5.07.

 

Please note that this includes International GCSEs in these figures and
for applicants who have taken GCSEs since the system moved to a numerical
system I have included GCSEs where the applicant achieved 8 or 9. The mean
was calculated by dividing the number of A*s by the number of applicants
who had taken at least one GCSE.

 

5) Mean number of A* predicted grades at A Level of a) all applicants; b)
offer holders

This information is available from UCAS by using the UCAS EXACT service.
The email address is [5][email address] and information about the service
can be found at
[6]https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/a...
For this reason, the information you have requested is exempt under
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as it is
reasonably accessible otherwise than under the FOIA, even though it may be
accessible only on payment.

 

6) Least number of A*s/As achieved by successful candidate at GCSE

The lowest number of A*/A achieved at GCSE for a successful candidate
(which we have taken to mean offer holder) is none. We have only included
applicants taking at least one GCSE in the data for this question.

 

Please note that we have provided information for 2019 entry only.  The
University confirms that it holds the information that you have requested
for 2020.  However, the University declines your request for release under
section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).  Section
43(2) of the FOIA exempts information from release where its disclosure
under the Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of any person.  As section 43(2) is a qualified exemption, the
University has conducted a public interest test and has concluded that
release of this data would prejudice the University’s commercial
interests.

 

The University recognises that there can be a public interest in
understanding student enrolment patterns and trends.  However, as the
admissions cycle is still active, release of the requested information
could significantly weaken our current position by allowing competitors to
have a better understanding of our market share strategies and adapt their
own plans accordingly.  Consequently, the University’s position in this
specialist market would be undermined as competitors would be able to
tailor their own admission’s strategies to match or exceed our own
targets.

 

You may wish to resubmit your request once the current cycle closes at the
end of October.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s response to your freedom of
information request, you can ask us to internally review our handling of
your request, including the application of any exemptions applied.  To do
this, please email [7][Durham University request email] or write to:

 

Information Governance Unit

The Palatine Centre

Stockton Road

Durham

DH1 3LE          

 

Please state the grounds on which you wish the decision to be reviewed and
enclose any other information that may be useful in considering the matter
further.  We aim to inform you of our decision within 20 working days from
the date your request for internal review is received.

 

If you are not satisfied with the results of the internal review you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office for an independent review.

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane                                                  

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[8]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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