Medicine A100 Admissions Statistics

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Dear Imperial College London,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request some raw data from you regarding A100 applications for the latest available admissions cycle and the one preceding that.

The data I would like to have is as follows:

1) How many of the students admitted were studying A levels?
2) The numbers of applications by country of residence at time of application (N.B by this, I count England, Scotland, Wales and NI as separate) and the number of offers categorised in the same manner
3) For each applicant interviewed (anonymised) I would like to know what A-Levels (or equivalent) they have completed and their BMAT scores.
4) The above information to be split into successful and unsuccessful
5) if the above raw data is not available by candidate, a table to be made with numbers of each subject and percentages
i.e Chemistry 150 95.00%
History 5 3.00%
etc etc
6)If any scoring system is used to grade applicants to be invited to interview, then I would kindly request this to be made available to me.

Under Section 11 of the aforementioned Act, I am able to request the form of the data requested and I would like it to be in Excel (.xls or .xlsx) format or at least a machine readable format such as CSV.

I trust your admissions department will be able to access such basic information without too much inconvenience.

I thank you in advance,

Yours faithfully,

A Al-Jabir

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear A Al-Jabir

 

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the
Freedom of Information Act.  As you may know, the College must respond to
your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request, and
sooner if possible. We will contact you again in due course.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Silver

 

 

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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Dear Mr Al-Jabir

 

Further to your request made under the Freedom of Information Act, please
find spreadsheets containing the information you require attached. 

 

Please note – a breakdown of the number of applicants and offers made
within the UK are provided as separate spreadsheets (entitled
‘Applications by Country of Residence – UK Breakdown’ and ‘Offers made by
country of residence – UK Breakdown) in addition to the spreadsheets
detailing the country of residence at time of application and offers made
(entitled ‘Applications by Country of Residence’ and ‘Offers made by
country of residence’).

 

There are two spreadsheets that contain the previous qualifications data
of all students who were interviewed for entry to the A100 course for
entry in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 (entitled ‘2010-2011 Successful and
unsuccessful students – subjects studied’ and ‘2011-2012 Successful and
unsuccessful students – subjects studied’). However, we are unable to
provide the data for each candidate individually as to do so could
potentially make some students identifiable and as such it would be a
breach of data protection and Freedom of Information legislation.  Under
Freedom of Information legislation section 40 (2) ‘Any information to
which a request for information relates is also exempt information if— (a)
it constitutes personal data..’.  Therefore the data has been provided to
you in such a way as to ensure the anonymity of the individuals concerned.
 The data is sorted by subject type to enable you to see the most
frequently studied subjects. The BMAT scores for each student interviewed
are also included in this data.  Consequently the data for an applicant
who studied biology, physics, chemistry and maths (for example) will have
their data spread across the spreadsheet. The spreadsheets include two
tabs – one for successful students and one for unsuccessful/withdrawn
students.

 

With regard to the scoring system used to grade applicants to be invited
for interview - invitations to an interview are based on the content of
the UCAS application and the performance in all three sections of BMAT.
 Applicants must take the BMAT test as part of the application process.
These are then split in to 3 groups as a priority for interview:

 

Group 1 (High priority): candidates who have achieved 5.5 and above in
each of the sections 1 and 2 and an essay score of 9 or above in section 3
will be interviewed.

Group 2 (Intermediate priority): candidates who have achieved 5 or higher
in each of sections 1 and 2 and an essay score of 7.5 or above in section
may be interviewed.

Group 3 (Lower priority): candidates will be short listed on the basis of
their BMAT scores and selected for interview.

 

General information on the application process can be found here:
[1]http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospectus/...

 

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

Tel: 020 7594 5007

Fax: 020 7594 8802

E-mail: [2][email address]

 

The College Secretary must respond to all complaints within 20 working
days.

 

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

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

Kind regards

  

Jessica Silver

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Silver,

Thank you very much for that.
I had asked that if raw data was not available then to group subject data but not to worry, I can do this myself.

The interviewing priority is old as section 3 is no longer scored out of 15 hence a score of 7.5 is not possible because 5 is the maximum. Could you please enquire as to if there is an newer updated version relevant to the 2012/2013 admissions cycle?

Yours sincerely,

A Al-Jabir

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Al-Jabir

Further to your more recent communication and your request for information relevant to the 2012/2013 admissions cycle (not previously requested) please find the further information and correction as follows:

For 2011/2012 entry, as you note, the scoring of the essay section changed that year from a single mark out of 15 to a two mark system; one mark out of 5 for Quality of Content, and one mark on an A-E scale (A being the highest) for Quality of English.

Therefore the information for 2011/2012 should read:

Group 1 (High priority): candidates who have achieved 5.5 or above in each of the sections 1 and 2, and an essay score of 3.5 or above in Quality of Content and B or above in Quality of English will be considered for interview first.

Group 2 (Intermediate priority): candidates who have achieved 5.2 or higher in each of sections 1 and 2, and an essay score of 3 or above in Quality of Content and B or above in Quality of English will be considered for interview after Group 1.

Group 3 (Lower priority): candidates who have achieved 4.9 or higher in each of sections 1 and 2, and an essay score of 2.5 or above in Quality of Content and C or above in Quality of English will be considered for any remaining interview places.

Group 4 (Low BMAT): candidates who have achieved scores in BMAT lower than those required for Group 3 will be unsuccessful.

Since we only received the 2012/2013 BMAT results last week we do not at present know the requirements for this year as the exact scores for each group will depend on how the marks are distributed (although Groups 1 and 2 are unlikely to change).

The following Imperial College web page may be of interest to you: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/teac.... It provides the minimum BMAT score required for consideration for interview in the previous cycle.

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
Tel: 020 7594 5007
Fax: 020 7594 8802
E-mail: [email address]

The College Secretary must respond to all complaints within 20 working days.

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
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards

Jessica Silver

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