Classics admissions statistics (state and private schools)

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Dear University College London,

I am writing to you in order to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to know for each of the last 10 academic years (2010-11 to 2019-2020):

A) How many students in total were admitted to study the Classics BA (Q800) degree? (I.e. how many accepted their offers and started the course)
B) How many of this total number were educated at private schools?
C) How many of this total number were educated at state schools?

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I would also like to request that the information is sent back in an Excel spreadsheet. Please send confirmation of receipt of this request and I look forward to hearing back within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Robyn Schaffer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Robyn

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided attached.

 

I would like to
know for each of
the last 10
academic years
(2010-11 to
2019-2020):
 

A) How many
students in
total were
admitted to
study the
Classics BA
(Q800) degree?
(I.e. how many
accepted  their
offers and
started the
course)
B) How
many of
this
total
number
were
educated
at
private
schools?
C) How
many of
this
total
number
were
educated
at state
schools?

 

 

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Although there are no identifiable details within the data being
disclosed, that data may be used by ‘motivated intruders’ and other
knowledgeable third parties to identify the grades achieved by particular
students as part of a jigsaw-effect. This is where strands of data
available to an individual can be put together to create personal data not
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As a consequence, we have anonymised the data so as to protect the
identities of the persons concerned. Exact figures have been replaced by
ranges of 5-10, 10-15 ,15-20, 20-25 and 25-30.

 

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University College London

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