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Dear Durham University,

Please may I request the following information for the entry years 2019 and 2020 (i.e. admissions cycles) for the LV25 politics and philosophy course at the 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 C

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Marian C

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Information Governance Unit
Durham University

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Marian C

 

The University considers that your request does not meet the requirements
of section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Section
8(1) provides that a request is only valid if it:

 

a) Is in writing,

b) States the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and

c) Describes the information requested.

 

In this case, the University considers that you have not provided a valid
name for the purposes of section 8(1).

 

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clarification from you.  If however we do not receive clarification within
30 days of this email we will consider the request closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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Dear ACCESS I.,

I can confirm my name is Marian cosgrove.

I hope this is sufficient for a successful request
Yours sincerely,

Marian Cosgrove

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 LV25 politics and philosophy
course at the 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 4.8 and for
offer holders is 5.5.

 

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 we 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 1 A.

 

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          

 

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the date your request for internal review is received.

 

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apply to the Information Commissioner's Office for an independent review.

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

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Cheshire

SK9 5AF

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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