Economics L100 Admission Statistics

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Dear Durham University,

Please provide the data for the last 3 complete application cycles for your L100 Economics Course for students that applied in England in year 13 of college / sixth form (and any other equivalent in the England) for the below requests:

1) The number of applicants and applicants given an offer

2) How GCSEs are taken into account if at all

3) The selection process including which components of an applicant are considered and how they are used and whether any ranking process is involved

4) The average number of A*s (8/9) GCSEs of applicants and applicants given an offer

5) Whether or not doing more than 3 A levels or undergoing an EPQ increases an applicant’s chances of receiving an offer.

6) Whether or not having Further Maths A level, increases an applicant’s chances of receiving an offer

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Amro Naga

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Dear Amro Naga

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University.
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 Please provide the data for the last 3 complete application cycles for
your L100 Economics Course for students that applied in England in year 13
of college / sixth form (and any other equivalent in the England) for the
below requests:

 

 1. The number of applicants and applicants given an offer (England)

 

Application Cycle
  2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Total Number of Applicants 540 645 595
Total Number of Offers 280 155 195

Please note  the following about the data:

• Data has been rounded to the nearest 5 as per HESA guidelines
• Last 3 compete application cycles are 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21
(2021/22 is currently in progress so we cannot provide this
information until the cycle has ended in October)
• Data provided is for applicants whose permanent address is in England
• Applicants – includes all students who applied for the course
regardless of the outcome of their application
• Offer holders – includes both conditional and unconditional offer
holders

 

 

2) How GCSEs are taken into account if at all

 

Many of our applicants have strong profiles, so the GCSE profile makes
little difference for the highest achieving applications. Within the
context of similar applications, the GCSE profile can be used to
differentiate between applications in competition with one another, and in
such cases applications with 8s or 9s may be considered first, with
profiles of 6s or 7s following. Applications are reviewed with the wider
application context in mind, and this is not a strict cut off. Applicants
with varied GCSE profiles are still considered in line with our policy and
may be given an offer.

 

 

3) The selection process including which components of an applicant are
considered and how they are used and whether any ranking process is
involved

 

We use “offer factors” to calculate the number of available offers based
on data we hold on how many offers convert to an enrolment in previous
admissions cycles.

 

We operate several widening access schemes where priority consideration,
and in some instances guaranteed offers, are given. This includes our
Supported Progression, STEP and Sutton Trust schemes and our contextual
offer schemes. Details of all of these schemes can be found on our
website.

 

We consider the following aspects of an application:

 

(1)A-Level (or equivalent) grades; (2) GCSE (or equivalent) grades; (3)
the personal statement; (4) the reference; (5) the development of study
skills; (6) motivation for the degree programme applied for; (7)
independence of thought and working; (8) skills derived from non-academic
extra-curricular activities such as engagement in sport, the arts or
voluntary and community work; and (9) contextual consideration of merit
and potential. 

 

The weighting of these may vary depending on the selection criteria from
the academic department and how competitive the course in question is (for
example, if most applications have the highest grades, other elements of
the application, often included in the personal statement, have a
significant contribution in informing our decision).

 

We receive many applications where their grades are at the highest level.
We read their personal statements in close detail, looking for discussion
of a few areas of Economics which interest them (personal statements which
discuss a different subject without a substitute personal statement being
provided are made unsuccessful), and are looking for evidence that the
applicant is analysing and using critical thinking when discussing their
areas of interest.

 

Alongside this, we also take note of individual, mitigating circumstances
which might have affected achieved and predicted grades.

 

 

4) The average number of A* (8/9) GCSEs of applicants and applicants given
an offer (England)

 

Average no. A* (8/9) GCSES Application Cycle
2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Applicants 6.31 7.15 7.39
Offer Holders 6.96 6.51 7.04

Please note  the following about the data:

• Last 3 compete application cycles are 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21
• Data provided is for applicants whose permanent address is in England
• GCSEs include GCSEs and International GCSES, all A*, level 8 and level
9 grades were included
• Average number per student is calculated as (total number of A*,8,9
grades)/number of students who took at least 1 GCSE

 

 

5) Whether or not doing more than 3 A levels or undergoing an EPQ
increases an applicant’s chances of receiving an offer.

 

We recognise that not all applicants have the opportunity to take more
than three A levels or are able to complete an EPQ. Additionally, we’re
also aware that many applicants begin to take four A levels but drop their
fourth to focus on the other three. However, where we have applications of
the exact same standard with no other way to distinguish between them, we
may use additional A Levels or an EPQ to differentiate between
applications.

 

 

6) Whether or not having Further Maths A level, increases an applicant’s
chances of receiving an offer

 

This was not a consideration when selecting between applications and would
not have increased the applicant’s chance of receiving an offer.

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