Economics application statistics for 2020 entry

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Dear King's College, Cambridge,

I would like to request the following information from the 2020 Admissions cycle for the BA Economics course preferably in Microsoft Excel format.

1. The ECAA individual section scores of all applicants in the 2020 admission cycle. Please indicate whether the applicant was interviewed and/or was successful in receiving an offer in accordance with their ECAA score.
2. The predicted grades of all applicants, whether they followed the A-levels, IB or some other curriculum whilst depicting if they were able to receive an interview and/or an offer.
3. The interview scores of all interviewed applicants, displaying which interviewed applicants were successful in receiving an offer
4. The conditional offer conditions given to the selected students.

Yours faithfully,
Swapna Malhotra

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Dear Swapna Malhotra,

 

This is in reply to your enquiry first received by the College on 29
November and made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can
confirm that the College does hold some information related to your
request, but it is exempt under section 40, personal data. Disclosure
would require the processing of personal data for reasons other than those
for which it was collected, and it is not possible to anonymise all the
third party data subjects' identities if the information which you
requested is disclosed. Therefore, the information is exempt under section
40 of the FOI Act.

We hope the following information will be helpful to you:

HOW DO WE ASSESSS 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 at the end of sixth form. There may be subject-specific
requirements as well, see 'Applying for Economics at King's' at
[1]https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/underg....

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 Economics that year. The typical offer has changed over the past four
years. For further information you might find this useful:

[2]https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u.... Please use
the interactive graph generator at the bottom of the page to generate any
reports of interest to you, in addition to the standard published reports
available on the right-hand sidebar.

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
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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. 

 

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Patricia McGuire (Dr)

Archivist and College Data Protection Lead

King's College 

Cambridge CB2 1ST 

 

Tel: (01223) 331444 

 

The King's College Privacy Policy is at
[3]https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/about/accoun...
  

 

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From: Swapna Malhotra <[FOI #811008 email]>
Sent: 28 November 2021 04:25
To: FOI requests at King&#39;s College, Cambridge <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Economics application statistics
for 2020 entry
 
Dear King's College, Cambridge,

I would like to request the following information from the 2020 Admissions
cycle for the BA Economics course preferably in Microsoft Excel format.

1. The ECAA individual section scores of all applicants in the 2020
admission cycle. Please indicate whether the applicant was interviewed
and/or was successful in receiving an offer in accordance with their ECAA
score.
2. The predicted grades of all applicants, whether they followed the
A-levels, IB or some other curriculum whilst depicting if they were able
to receive an interview and/or an offer.
3. The interview scores of all interviewed applicants, displaying which
interviewed applicants were successful in receiving an offer
4. The conditional offer conditions given to the selected students.

Yours faithfully,
Swapna Malhotra

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