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Dear University of York,

I would like to know the following about each admission cycle separately. First 2013/2014. Second 2014/2015. Third 2015/2016. Fourth 2016/2017.

Would it also be possible to indicate the percentage of applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping and the percentage of successful applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping?

1. Applications.
i) percentage of people who applied with predictions of ABB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

ii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iv) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

v) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*AA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vi) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A*;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

2. Enrolment by achieved grades
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of BBB
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of ABB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAA
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*AA
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A*

3. Enrolment by achieved grades against offer( where achieving AAA with an offer of AAB would be 1 above and achieving A*AA with an offer of AAB would be 2 above).
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 above their offer
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 above their offer
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 or more above their offer
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 below their offer
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 below their offer
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 below their offer

Yours faithfully,

Mr Fred Hemingway

Dear University of York,

Can I please clarify that 1)iii and 1)iv is an untended duplication.

Please disregard 1)iv

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hemingway

Freedom of Information, University of York

Dear Mr Hemingway, 
Freedom of Information Request 
I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 15 December 2017 requesting
information from the University of York.
Please be advised that the University will respond as soon as possible and
in any event by 18 January 2018.
Yours sincerely,
Durham Burt
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
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Dear Mr Hemingway, 
Thank you for your request for information from the University of York.
Please see our response below.
Would it also be possible to indicate the percentage of applicants who fit
into the three A-Level grouping and the percentage of successful
applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping?
1. Applications.
i) percentage of people who applied with predictions of ABB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

ii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

v) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*AA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vi) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A*;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

2. Enrolment by achieved grades
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of BBB
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of ABB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAA
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*AA
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A*

3. Enrolment by achieved grades against offer( where achieving AAA with an
offer of AAB would be 1 above and achieving A*AA with an offer of AAB
would be 2 above).
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 above their offer
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 above their offer
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 or more above their offer
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 below their offer
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 below their offer
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 below their offer
See attached. Please note:

* For the answer to (1) (i) we have provided the percentage of
applicants with the specified A Level grade combination as a
proportion of all of our undergraduate applications for that year.
This is regardless of the qualifications the applicants were studying
for. For sub-parts (a) (b) and (c) we have given the percentage
requested as a proportion of the number of applicants with that grade
combination for that year. This applies to parts (1) (ii), (1) (iii)
and their sub-parts as well. 
* We have counted the number of distinct applicants in each category,
rather than individual applications.
* There are some applicants that studied for more than 3 A Levels and so
may be counted in more than one of these categories. For example if
someone's results were AABB they would fit into both the AAB and ABB
categories.

I hope this information is useful.
Yours sincerely,
Durham Burt
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [1]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
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Dear Mr Hemingway, 
Apologies, parts 2 and 3 were cut off from my response. Final University
response below. 
Yours sincerely,
Durham
... 
Dear Mr Hemingway, 
Thank you for your request for information from the University of York.
Please see our response below.
Would it also be possible to indicate the percentage of applicants who fit
into the three A-Level grouping and the percentage of successful
applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping?
1. Applications.
i) percentage of people who applied with predictions of ABB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

ii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

v) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*AA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vi) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A*;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

See attached [provided in previous response]. Please note:

* For the answer to (1) (i) we have provided the percentage of
applicants with the specified A Level grade combination as a
proportion of all of our undergraduate applications for that year.
This is regardless of the qualifications the applicants were studying
for. For sub-parts (a) (b) and (c) we have given the percentage
requested as a proportion of the number of applicants with that grade
combination for that year. This applies to parts (1) (ii), (1) (iii)
and their sub-parts as well. 
* We have counted the number of distinct applicants in each category,
rather than individual applications.
* There are some applicants that studied for more than 3 A Levels and so
may be counted in more than one of these categories. For example if
someone's results were AABB they would fit into both the AAB and ABB
categories

2. Enrolment by achieved grades
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of BBB
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of ABB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAA
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*AA
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A*

The University confirms that it holds the information requested but
refuses your request for release under section 21 of the Freedom of
Information Act, 2000 (FoIA) as the information sought is reasonably
accessible to you by other means. For the purposes of this exemption,
section 21 (2) (a) states, 'information may be reasonably accessible to
the applicant even though it is accessible only on payment'. Data on
enrolment by grade can be obtained directly from HESA either as part of a
publicly available dataset or on receipt of a bespoke enquiry. For further
information see, [1]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis. Please note,
data for the last academic year will be published by HESA in March 2018 in
line with its [2]publication schedule. 

3. Enrolment by achieved grades against offer( where achieving AAA with an
offer of AAB would be 1 above and achieving A*AA with an offer of AAB
would be 2 above).
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 above their offer
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 above their offer
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 or more above their offer
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 below their offer
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 below their offer
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 below their offer
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Yours sincerely,
Durham Burt
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
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Dear York,

The HESA bespoke service, which according to its website lists "tariff points and A-Level points",* is free for 1 hour of labour and £150+ for anything over that. It does not seem to me to be "Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant".** Also, as "A-Level points" is a semantically void construction, it does not seem that the information is necessarily accessible. That is because the request I made to you only pertained to the actual A-Level grades on enrolment, not a tariffed version of them.

*https://www.hesa.ac.uk/services/custom/d...
**https://www.hesa.ac.uk/services/custom/d...

As for s21(2)(a), "even though it is accessible only on payment" does not mean that the information is reasonably accessible simply because it is accessible only on payment. Rather, it is saying reasonably accessible information can still be reasonably accessible "even though it is accessible only on payment". The salient question, therefore, is simply whether the information is reasonably accessible. It is not answered in the affirmative merely because there is a payment service available.

To answer that question, it is important to look at the conditions HESA place on its bespoke service. "If possible, and depending on our current workload, we will endeavour to meet your requirements." This gives the implication that if the workload is high, they will not endeavour to meet my requirements. For the distinct question of whether the information is reasonably accessible, I would have to contend no for fact there is no guarantee that the information would be available.

This is in addition to the high cost and the lack of clarity about whether HESA provides A-Level specific information.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hemingway

Freedom of Information, University of York

Dear Mr Hemingway, 
I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 22 January 2018. The University
will undertake a review of the handling of your request and will respond
as soon as possible and in any event by 19 February 2018. 
Yours sincerely,
Durham Burt
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [1]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
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Dear Mr Hemingway, 
Thank you for your email dated 22
January 2018. Please find attached the results of
the University's Internal Review. 
If you remain dissatisfied after an internal review decision, you have the
right to appeal directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
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Yours sincerely,
Durham Burt
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [2]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
Email disclaimer: [3]http://www.york.ac.uk/docs/disclaimer/em...
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