Economics Admissions Statistics: 2020 and 2021

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Dear Pembroke College, Cambridge,

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following admission statistics for L100 Economics applicants to Pembroke College.

For the 2020 UCAS admissions cycle (those who applied in 2019 for direct entry in 2020, or deferred entry in 2021), I believe there were 49 applications and 8 offers. Could you please share:

1. ECAA scores of the 8 applicants who received offers,
2. their interview scores,
3. their GCSE/equivalent grades, and
4. their A-level/equivalent predicted grades.

I would also be grateful if you could share the same information for the 2021 (ongoing) UCAS cycle, if possible.

Yours faithfully,
Gemma Swealey

Dear Pembroke College, Cambridge,

To clarify, I would like to see the individual scores/grades of each offer-holder as far as possible, rather than an average or cumulative figures. Many thanks!

Yours faithfully,
Gemma Swealey

Becky Coombs, Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Please find attached the information you requested - please note the following:

The data provided is for students who applied to Economics in 2019 for direct entry in 2020, or deferred entry in 2021. The term ‘offer holders’ refers to the 9 applicants who were made an offer by Pembroke College. It includes those who applied to Pembroke College directly; applicants who were made an offer by Pembroke College via the winter pool (if any); applicants made an open offer underwritten by Pembroke College (if any). It does not include any applicants who applied to Pembroke College but were subsequently made an offer by another College (if any).

We are unable to provide data in a single table with one row per applicant due to GDPR. However, we hope that the below information is helpful to you.

1) ECAA scores: data is provided separately for the three sections of the ECAA Assessment (Maths, Advanced Maths and Essay). For each section, the range and average scores are provided.

2) Interview Scores: The range and average are provided.

3) GCSE/equivalent grades: This data refers to the number of A* grades, A grades, and ‘other’ (below A) grades at GCSE. Both 8s and 9s are, for these purposes, classified as A*. For each grade category, data is provided for the range and average number of X grade at GCSE. Data has not been included for offer holders (fewer than five) who did not have applicable/equivalent GCSE scores.

4) A level/equivalent predicted grades: This data refers to the number of A* grades, A grades and ‘other’ (below A) grades that was predicted at A level (or equivalent). Data is not provided for offer holders (if any) who applied post-A level (or equivalent). For this data, Pre-U grades D1 and D2 are treated as equivalent to grade A* at A level; Pre-U grade D3 is treated as equivalent to grade A at A level. Grade 7 in a Higher Level subject in the International Baccalaureate is treated as equivalent to grade A* at A level; grade 6 in a Higher Level subject in the International Baccalaureate is treated as equivalent to grade A at A level. Data has not been included for offer holders (fewer than five) who did not have equivalent A level predicted grades.

The information requested for the current 2021 Admissions round, insofar as it is held (noting that the current undergraduate applications cycle is ongoing), is exempt under section 36(2)(c) of the Act because its disclosure would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, in this case the integrity of the University’s applications and admissions process which form a fundamental part of its mission as an educational institution. (As the information requested is statistical in nature, the opinion of the qualified person did not need to be sought for this application of section 36.) The current undergraduate applications cycle is ongoing and applications are still being submitted and assessed. The University considers that the disclosure of detailed statistics about applications made within the current cycle would be likely to prejudice the notion of a fair and confidential admissions process whereby each applicant has the same information at their disposal and partial granular data is not disclosed to specific members of the public while the process is ongoing. As this is a qualified exemption, the University has considered whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The University considers that, while some people might have an understandable private interest in these statistics, there is no genuine public interest in them when set against the extensive statistical information available about previous admissions cycles published at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u... statistics, coupled with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level playing field in terms of the information available to all applicants.

Dr Becky Coombs
College Registrar
Pembroke College
Cambridge
01223 338112

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