Dear King’s College, Cambridge,
I am writing to request the interview and CSAT scores of 2019 applicants for King's College. Please also include the predicted grades and A level/IB subjects taken, and whether they got an offer or not.
Dear King’s College, Cambridge,
If you believe the information is exempt under the FOI Act please provide: per s. 17(1)(b), the specific exemption in question; and per s. 17(1)(c), a statement including the reason why the specific exemption is applicable - if a s. 40 exemption is relied on please state the specific condition(s) within the section which are fulfilled.
Dear M. Owens,
This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 1 April 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 it is exempt under FOIA section 40, personal data. Though you
have not asked for names, disclosure of the information you have requested
in many cases would be sufficient for the identification of individuals.
Specifically, the information is exempt under section 40(2)(b) of the
FOIA, the relevant sections being 3A(a): [disclosure] would contravene any
of the data protection principles. Section 40(7)(a) of FOIA specifies that
the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) article 5(1) is a relevant
definition of 'data protection principles'. The principle in question is
the first one, GDPR article 5(1)(a): [data must be] processed lawfully,
fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject. It is
not fair to other applicants (the data subjects) that we disclose their
results. They wouldn't expect us to do so, and disclosure would violate
the requirements both for fairness and transparency.
Perhaps 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
standard offer of A*A*A for most disciplines, at the end of sixth form.
UMS scores are being phased out with the A level reforms, so not all A
level applicants this year will have UMS scores for each subject. In
recent admissions rounds, the average Cambridge applicant scored about 90
per cent on this measure, while the average successful Cambridge applicant
scored nearer 95 per cent. But please note that both these figures are
only averages – applicants don’t need to have achieved a certain score in
every module and aren’t required to achieve 90 per cent or above in all
modules. There were successful Cambridge applicants who had UMS averages
in their best/most relevant three subjects below 90 per cent.
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 standard
offer in that field, for that year. The standard offer has changed over
the past four years. For further information you might find this useful:
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 80-90% of
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.
Freedom of Information Officer
King’s College, Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1ST
Email: [King's College, Cambridge request email]
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