H100 Engineering Admissions Statistics 2019-2021

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Dear King's College, Cambridge,

Under the FOIA, I request the following statistics about home applicants to H100 Engineering at King's College:

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of all applicants to the college

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of offer holders

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of unsuccessful applicants

I request this data for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 entry UCAS cycles. I wish for the distributions to include the mean, median, minimum, maximum, lower quartile and upper quartile of scores. If you are unable to provide some of this information, please include an explanation.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Granger

Dear King's College, Cambridge,

It has come to my attention that King's College have a separate at-interview assessment for H100 applicants. If at all possible, I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide similar score distributions for this assessment as well, along with the minimum and maximum possible score.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Granger

King's College, Cambridge

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Dear Dennis Granger,
 
This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 31/03/2021 and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can confirm that
the College does hold some information related to your request.
 
The ENGAA has three assessments - Section 1 parts A and B, and Section 2.
The distribution of scores is listed below.
2019
All Applicants:
Section 1 part A: Mean = 3.0; Median = 2.8; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 5.6;
Upr. Quartile = 4.0; Lwr. Quartile = 2.0
Section 1 part B: Mean =3.0; Median = 2.7; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 7.4;
Upr. Quartile = 3.6; Lwr. Quartile =1.7
Section 2: Mean =5.5; Median =6.0; Minimum =1.0; Maximum =11.0; Upr.
Quartile =7.0; Lwr. Quartile =4.0
 
Offer Holders:
Section 1 part A: Mean =4.3; Median = 4.2; Minimum = 2.8; Maximum = 5.6;
Upr. Quartile = 5.4; Lwr. Quartile =3.3
Section 1 part B: Mean =4.9; Median = 4.6; Minimum = 3.2; Maximum = 7.4;
Upr. Quartile =5.9; Lwr. Quartile =3.7
Section 2: Mean =7.7; Median =7.5; Minimum =6.0; Maximum =10.0; Upr.
Quartile =9.0; Lwr. Quartile =6.0
 
Unsuccessful Applicants:
Section 1 part A: Mean =2.8; Median = 2.8; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 5.6;
Upr. Quartile = 3.6; Lwr. Quartile =1.4
Section 1 part B: Mean =2.6; Median = 2.3; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 5.1;
Upr. Quartile = 3.2; Lwr. Quartile =1.7
Section 2:  Mean =5.1; Median =5.0; Minimum =1.0; Maximum =11.0; Upr.
Quartile =6.0; Lwr. Quartile =3.5
 
2020
All Applicants:
Section 1 part A: Mean =3.8; Median = 3.5; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 7.0;
Upr. Quartile = 5.1; Lwr. Quartile =2.5
Section 1 part B: Mean =3.4; Median = 3.3; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 8.3;
Upr. Quartile = 4.6; Lwr. Quartile =1.8
Section 2:  Mean =4.1; Median =4.0; Minimum =1.0; Maximum =9.0; Upr.
Quartile =4.6; Lwr. Quartile =2.6
 
Offer Holders:
Section 1 part A: Mean =5.8; Median = 6.3; Minimum = 4.0; Maximum = 7.0;
Upr. Quartile = 7.0; Lwr. Quartile =4.5
Section 1 part B: Mean =5.2; Median = 4.6; Minimum = 3.3; Maximum = 8.3;
Upr. Quartile = 5.2; Lwr. Quartile =4.6
Section 2:  Mean =5.0; Median =4.0; Minimum =3.3; Maximum =9.0; Upr.
Quartile =4.6; Lwr. Quartile =4.0 
 
Unsuccessful Applicants:
Section 1 part A: Mean =3.3; Median = 3.0; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 7.0;
Upr. Quartile = 4.5; Lwr. Quartile =2.2
Section 1 part B: Mean =2.9; Median = 3.0; Minimum = 1.0; Maximum = 5.2;
Upr. Quartile = 4.0; Lwr. Quartile =1.6
Section 2:  Mean =3.9; Median =4.0; Minimum =1.0; Maximum =7.6; Upr.
Quartile =4.8; Lwr. Quartile =2.6
 
We are unable to provide the ENGAA and interview scores for the 2021 UCAS
entry cycle as this is exempt under section 36(2)(c) of the Act because
disclosure would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public
affairs, in this case the integrity of the College’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 College 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 College 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 College 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
[1]https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u... , coupled
with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level playing field
in terms of the information available to all applicants. Therefore, this
information is exempt under section 36(2) of FOIA.
 
Unfortunately, we are also unable to provide the Interview scores for the
years 2019 and 2020 at this time. These records exist only in hardcopy
onsite and cannot be accessed in line with government advice to work from
home whenever possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Owing to the numerous factors outside our control (e.g. suspended or
limited site staff access to our records), it is not possible to provide a
general timescale for the delays you may incur with your FOI request, or
an indication at this point of when we may have resolved delays affecting
the service. We appreciate your continued patience while we work on your
requests. As soon as we are able we will update you and your requests
accordingly.
 
If you have further questions please ask me in the first instance. I
attach a leaflet outlining the College's FOI Act policies and procedures.
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.
Yours sincerely
Peter Jones
FOI Officer, King's College, Cambridge
[King's College, Cambridge request email]

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King's College, Cambridge

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Dear Dennis Granger,
 
This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 02/04/2021 and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can confirm that
the College does hold information relating to its internal interview
assessment for H100 applicants for the 2021 UCAS entry cycle.  However we
are unable to provide this as it is exempt under section 36(2)(c) of the
Act because disclosure would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct
of public affairs, in this case the integrity of the College’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 College 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
College 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 College 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 [1]https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u...
, coupled with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level
playing field in terms of the information available to all applicants.
Therefore, this information is exempt under section 36(2) of FOIA.
 
I can confirm that the College does not hold any information relating to
King's College's internal interview assessment for H100 applicants for the
2019 and 2020 UCAS entry cycles.
 
If you have further questions please ask me in the first instance. I
attach a leaflet outlining the College's FOI Act policies and procedures.
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.
Yours sincerely
Peter Jones
FOI Officer, King's College, Cambridge
[King's College, Cambridge request email]

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