Computer Science Admissions Statistics for 2020 entry

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Dear King's College, Cambridge,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request you to release the following information for the 2019-2020 UCAS application cycle (2020 entry):

For Computer Science (G400):
1. The total number of applicants, Number of offers, Number of applicants pooled.
2. For each of the three categories of applicants, the average and range of the number of A* predictions, the average and range CTMUA scores, and the average and range of interview scores.
3. The number of international applications and the number of offers made to international students.

Yours faithfully,

Bob F

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Yours faithfully,

Bob F

King's College, Cambridge

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Dear King's College, Cambridge,

My full name is Bob Ferguson. I await your response to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Bob Ferguson

King's College, Cambridge

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Dear Bob Ferguson,

 

This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 28 August and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

I can confirm that the College does hold some information related to your
enquiry, but some of it is exempt.

 

For the total number of applicants and number of offers, please see the
graph generator at the bottom of
[1]http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk... .

 

The 50 applicants for whom we had A levels scored as follows:

AA; A*A; A*
AA; AA; A
A*
A*A; A
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
B A; A*A; A
AA; AA; A*A; A*
AA; AA; AA; AA:
AA; A*A
AA; A*A; A*
AA; A*A; A*A; B
A*A; AA; A
A*A; AA; A*
A*A; AA; A*A; A*
A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; B A; A*A; A*
A*A; AA; AA; A*
A*A; AA; AA; A*
A*A; AA; AA; AA; A
A*A; AA; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A
A*A; A*A; A
A*A; A*A; A
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*
AA; AA; B
AA; AA; A*A; A*
AA; AA; C A; B A; A
A*
A*A; A*
A*A; A*A; A*A; A*

 

There is no algorithm for calculating range or average of applicant A
level scores.

 

The average and range of the CTMU scores for all 91 applications were:

  section 1 (compuls. section 1 (compuls. 2   section 1 (option
1)  / option 1) 2)
Average: 5.1 4.8 5.0  
Min: 1.0 1.0 1.0  
Max: 9.0 8.8 8.6  

 

The information about number of applicants pooled, and for each of the
three categories of applicants the average and range of the number of A*
predictions, the average and range CTMUA scores, and the average and range
of interview scores, and the number of international offers made, though
held, is exempt under section 12 where the cost of complying with the
request would exceed the appropriate limit. This information is not
calculated or held separately and each file would have to be consulted in
order to extract and collate the information.

 

There were 43 international applications.

 

 

We hope the following information will be helpful to you:

 

HOW DO WE ASSESS APPLICATIONS?

 

At King's, we are looking for promise and potential. So although existing
and predicted grades form a central criterion for admission, as do
interview scores, we are careful to interpret grades and interview results
in light of your personal and educational background. We assess each
application individually. We are interested to learn about your existing
knowledge and skills, but we endeavour also to find out how you would deal
with the new materials and ideas you would encounter at Cambridge. All
candidates are considered strictly on the basis of their academic promise.

 

During the application process, we look at:

• your academic record, including GCSE and AS (or equivalent) grades and
marks and A level (or equivalent, e.g. IB) grades or predictions, this
record being considered in the context of the quality (but not type) of
schools/colleges at which it was achieved;

• your school/college reference;

• your personal statement;

• your admissions assessment (taken at interview)

• your performance at interview(s)

 

With this holistic view you can understand that it is not possible to
predict your chances of success based on predicted grades and/or interview
scores. Our advice is to apply if you look like you can achieve the
typical offer of A*A*A for Computer Science at the end of sixth form.
There may be subject-specific requirements as well, see your subject page
at [2]https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/underg...  for any
such requirements.

 

We read the whole of each application and take all parts of it into
account before deciding which students to invite for interview. As we only
invite students for interview who could potentially be made an offer, it
would be unusual to invite a student predicted less than our typical offer
for Computer Science that year. The typical offer has changed over the
past four years.

 

We have no set quota for the number of applicants we invite for interview
– we invite all candidates who we could potentially make an offer to after
reading the paper application. In an average year, this is 70-80% of
applicants.

 

If you have further questions please ask me in the first instance. I
attach a leaflet outlining the College's FOI Act policies and procedures.
If, after following those procedures you are still not satisfied with the
way in which your request has been dealt with you may apply directly to
the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner
will not entertain your complaint unless you have exhausted any relevant
internal review procedures.

 

 Yours sincerely

Peter Jones

FOI officer

King's College, Cambridge

[King's College, Cambridge request email]

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