HSPS Admission statistics
Henry Bishop made this Freedom of Information request to King's College, Cambridge
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Dear King's College, Cambridge,
Please could you provide the following information regarding to HSPS applicants in 2018 and 2019?
1. Predicted and achieved A Levels or IB (or equivalent) grades/scores and corresponding subjects for each successful applicant;
2. The pre-interview test (AHAA) results for each successful applicant;
3. Those that did get offers, how many of them did/didn't make the grades.
This information in spreadsheet form would be the most useful.
Dear King's College, Cambridge,
Could I also please have:
The score conversion that Cambridge/Kings uses for the AHAA admissions test.
Dear Henry Bishop,
This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College in two e-mails on
5 October and made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can confirm that the College does hold some information related to
questions 1-3 of your enquiry, 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 ASSESS 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
standard offer of A*AA for HSPS at the end of sixth form.
UMS scores are being phased out with the A level reforms, so not all A
level applicants this year will have UMS scores for each subject. In
recent admissions rounds, the average Cambridge applicant scored about 90
per cent on this measure, while the average successful Cambridge applicant
scored nearer 95 per cent. But please note that both these figures are
only averages – applicants don’t need to have achieved a certain score in
every module and aren’t required to achieve 90 per cent or above in all
modules. There were successful Cambridge applicants who had UMS averages
in their best/most relevant three subjects below 90 per cent.
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 standard
offer for HSPS that year. The standard offer has changed over the past
four years. For further information you might find this useful:
http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk.... Please use
the interactive graph generator at the bottom of the page to generate any
reports you are interested in.
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 80-90% of
The College does not hold any information related to the score conversion
that Cambridge/Kings uses for the AHAA admissions test.
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.
Freedom of Information Officer
King’s College, Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1^ST
Email: [King's College, Cambridge request email]
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