Dear University College London,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request you to release your policy for the use of GCSE qualifications in the admissions process.

More specifically, I was wondering whether you will consider a GCSE grade 8 as equivalent to a 9 (in the sense that they are both A*, with no higher weighting given to a 9 over 8) in the upcoming admissions cycle, as I have received conflicting information from your representatives on the phone. For example, would you consider an applicant with 10 8s as equivalent to an applicant with 10 9s (as Oxford would), or would you consider the one with 10 9s as superior (like St Andrews does), assuming the other parts of their application were the same?

In addition, if the policy varies by course, could you give the information relevant to BSc Economics and BSc PPE. Furthermore, please could you ensure the information is undoubtedly correct, as many students may use this as a guideline for whether to apply or not (and on that note, I believe you should state it on your website).

Yours faithfully,
Peter Hurst

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Dear Mr Hurst,

 

We have completed the compilation of some information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided below.

 

More specifically, I was wondering whether you will consider a GCSE grade
8 as equivalent to a 9 (in the sense that they are both A*, with no higher
weighting given to a 9 over 8) in the upcoming admissions cycle, as I have
received conflicting information from your representatives on the phone.
For example, would you consider an applicant with 10 8s as equivalent to
an applicant with 10 9s (as Oxford would), or would you consider the one
with 10 9s as superior (like St Andrews does), assuming the other parts of
their application were the same?

 

Our standard policy in this area is that consideration of GCSE grades is
capped at grade 8. We do not use grade 9 to differentiate at GCSE.

 

In addition, if the policy varies by course, could you give the
information relevant to BSc Economics and BSc PPE.

 

The above is a UCL wide policy which, does not vary by course and will
also apply to the BSc Economics and BSc PPE courses.

 

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