Dear Imperial College London,
I wanted to ask on what basis are applicants put into the WP band i.e. is it due to the school they are applying from, or their postcode...? And how many applicants have been put into the WP band for 2015 entry, and are they then assessed in the same way as other applicants?
And what is the cut off for 2016 entry, is section 3 below 2.3?
Dear Ms Cleveland
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Dear Imperial College London,
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It has now been over 3 working weeks since I have sent my request and there has still not been a reply.
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Dear Ms Cleveland
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. I apologise for the slight delay in responding.
Please find below the College's response to your questions.
"on what basis are applicants put into the WP band
i.e. is it due to the school they are applying from, or their
postcode...? And how many applicants have been put into the WP band
for 2015 entry, and are they then assessed in the same way as other
All candidates applying to the School of Medicine are required to undertake the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Only results for BMAT taken in the year of application to the School of Medicine are considered.
Provided that essential examination requirements and grade predictions, as well as other criteria identified in the prospectus (please see the information headed Candidate Selection under the Entry Requirements tab here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/cours...), are deemed satisfactory by the admissions tutors and their team, candidates are ranked according to their performance in BMAT. A BMAT cut-off score is then calculated based on the result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. Since candidate performance in BMAT varies from year to year, a new set of BMAT cut-off scores are calculated every year.
For the 2015 entry, the minimum BMAT cut-off score required was 4.3 in section 1, 4.4 in section 2 and 2.3 with grade B in section 3. Candidates who achieved these scores or above then underwent a formal shortlisting process and, if appropriate, were invited to interview.
Home candidates who perform slightly less well in BMAT are assigned to a Widening Participation selection band. For 2015 entry, the minimum BMAT cut-off score required for a candidate to be initially included in this band was 4.1 in section 1, 4.2 in section 2 and 2.0 with grade C in section 3. The 258 candidates who met this requirement were then assessed on whether they met one or more of the following Widening Participation selection criteria:
a) Whether the candidate’s school demonstrated a low % attainment of an average of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE, compared with the UK average.
b) Whether a high proportion of students at the candidate’s school received free school meals, compared with the UK average.
c) Low QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) points attained by the candidate’s school, compared with the UK average.
d) The candidate’s POLAR 2 region. (Please see here for further information regarding POLAR methodology: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/)
e) Whether the candidate had been in care/fostered/adopted
f) Whether the candidate was the sole carer for a disabled parent or co-carer for siblings
g) Had the parents of the candidate studied in Higher Education
Those candidates who met at least one of these criteria, and who had outstanding UCAS academic and personal supporting statements were then shortlisted for interview by the Director of Admissions, Equality and Diversity; the shortlisting process from this point onwards was the same as that used for non-WP candidates. For 2015 entry, 20 WP candidates were selected for interview.
" And what is the cut off for 2016 entry, is section 3 below 2.3?"
Please be advised that the College does not release BMAT cut-off scores in use in the current admissions cycle whilst the process of selection has still to be completed. This information will be available after 31 March 2016.
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Thank you for your time Catherine Harpham and all this information has been very useful.