Mechanical engineering

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Dear Imperial College London,

Can you please send me the statistics for EACH applicant for mechanical engineering for the past three UCAS Cycles for the following information:
1) ALL A-level predicted grades and actual grades achieved for AS and A-level and specified for each subject.
2) Gcse English Langauge grade.
3) Whether they received an offer or not
4) Results in admissions exam if taken.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Dyer

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Dyer,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,
Alex Fisher

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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Dear Mr Dyer,

Thank you for your recent FOI request.

Please find below the College's response to your questions.

Can you please send me the statistics for EACH applicant for mechanical engineering for the past three UCAS Cycles for the following information:
1) ALL A-level predicted grades and actual grades achieved for AS and A-level and specified for each subject.

We are unable to provide each individual applicants grades and subjects as this may make individuals identifiable from the data provided. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if - (a) it constitutes personal data." We are instead sending you an aggregated version of the data which shows the range of A level subjects and grades of applicants.

Please see table 1 in the attached spreadsheet which shows the predicted and achieved grades at the point of application for applicants who applied for at least one of the two programmes (MEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad) and who were taking (or had already taken) at least three A levels as declared on their application form.

Much of the data is not available because figures of five or fewer, including zero, have been replaced with an asterisk. This is because, due to the small numbers involved, individuals may otherwise be identifiable from the data provided. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that "any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if - (a) it constitutes personal data."

The College does not receive AS level data for all candidates and, where the data is held, it is not kept in a reportable format. To retrieve the data, it would be necessary to manually check individual applications. The College estimates that this would take in excess of 18 hours, exceeding the appropriate limit. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 12 states that “Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit (under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004).” The appropriate limit is set at 18 hours.

2) GCSE English Language grade.

The College does not receive GCSE data for all candidates and, where the data is held, it is not kept in a reportable format. To retrieve the data, it would be necessary to manually check individual applications. The College estimates that this would take in excess of 18 hours, exceeding the appropriate limit. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 12 states that “Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit (under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004).” The appropriate limit is set at 18 hours.

3) Whether they received an offer or not

Please see table 1 in the attached spreadsheet.

4) Results in admissions exam if taken.

This information is not held. No admissions test is required for applicants to these programmes.

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response, you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

The College Secretary
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2AZ
E-mail: [email address]

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for the Freedom of Information Act who is:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
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Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards,
Alex Fisher

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Dear IMPFOI,

For clarification asked

Yours sincerely,

Mark Dyer

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Dyer,

Thank you for your email. It is not clear if you are requesting further information or clarification of any of the information we have provided. If this is the case, please explain what you are asking for.

Kind regards,
Alex Fisher

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