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Data on grades achieved by students compared to their predicted grade.

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Dear The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service,

Please would you supply information identifying:
1. the proportions of students by exam subject that achieved their predicted grade, and
2. the variation of grade achieved by the candidate both above and below the predicted grade for the exam subjects taken by candidates in the exam series between 2015-2019 for UCAS applications .

Yours faithfully,

Alastair Boyes

FOI, The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Dear Mr Boyes

FOI-2020-08-13-01

Thank you for requesting information from UCAS under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

UCAS will respond on or before 11 September 2020, the date on which the 20 working day response period permitted by FOIA ends.

I, or one of my colleagues, may need to contact you again if the request needs to be clarified. If this happens, UCAS may respond later than the date indicated above as permitted by FOIA.

Kind regards,
Jessica

Jessica Heron
Information Governance Officer
 
www.ucas.com
Rosehill | New Barn Lane | Cheltenham | GL52 3LZ
 
Registered office as above. Registered company No 2839815.
Registered charity No. (England and Wales) 1024741 and (Scotland) SCO38598.
 

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FOI, The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

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Dear Mr Boyes

FOI-2020-08-13-01

Further to your request for information please find below the response from UCAS in regard to the specific information you have requested.

UCAS publishes some qualifications data on our website including the difference between predicted grades and achieved points which may be of interest. This, however, is not published by subject area. I have attached the relevant spreadsheet.

Predicted A Level point score, achieved A level point score and the difference between predicted and achieved point score by various subjects are available to purchase via EXACT. A list of the variables can be found on our website here: https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/d...

Disclosure controls are applied to the data to reduce the risk of disclosing personal data about identifiable individuals. For counts, the controls include reporting each cell count to the nearest five. In particular cell counts of 1 and 2 are reported as 0. Rows that only report 0 are omitted from the output. These controls are applied to each cell independently so this may result in instances where totals do not equal the sum of the components. For derived statistics (e.g. means), to ensure these disclosure controls are not undone, a minor adjustment is applied, if necessary, such that the set of records contributing to each cell matches the reported cell count (to the nearest five). This involves either removing 1 or 2 records at random, or adding in 1 or 2 duplicates at random. If the number of values contributing to a cell is 1, 2 or 0 then it is displayed as 'N'. Rows that only report 'N' are omitted from the output.

EXACT is a charged service and is supplied with terms and conditions that define the extent to which the results can be reproduced in publications. Further details on the service can be found via: https://www.ucas.com/corporate/data-and-...

In terms of the data available on the UCAS website and available upon payment (through the EXACT service), as this information is accessible by other means, it is exempt from disclosure under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you are not satisfied with the way in which we have responded to your request you may:

1) Contact us requesting that this matter is reviewed internally by UCAS. Your request will then be subject to our internal review process.
2) If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your internal review, you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, telephone 0303 1231113, or for further details see their website www.ico.org.uk

Kind regards,
Jessica

Jessica Heron
Information Governance Officer

www.ucas.com
Rosehill | New Barn Lane | Cheltenham | GL52 3LZ

Registered office as above. Registered company No 2839815.
Registered charity No. (England and Wales) 1024741 and (Scotland) SCO38598.
 

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