Dear King's College, Cambridge,
I would like to be provided with some information regarding the admissions statistics for the A100 Medicine course at your college. Last 5 years would be appreciated.
1. The number of applicants invited to interview.
5. The highest and the lowest BMAT score of the overall applicants invited to interview.
5. The highest and the lowest Interview score of the overall applicants got an interview.
5. The highest and the lowest BMAT score of the overall applicants offered a place.
Dear Sangeeth Ragulan,
This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 5 December
2019 and made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can
confirm that the College does hold some information related to your
In answer to your first question, the statistics are as follows:
Dec 2015: 37 invited
Dec 2016: 26 invited
Dec 2017: 30 invited
Dec 2018: 28 invited
Dec 2019: 29 invited
Where the rest of your questions (each numbered 5) are concerned, as these
numbers are relatively low the information cannot be disclosed because it
could potentially identify the individuals involved, especially if
combined with other data, and this would constitute a breach of the Data
Protection legislation. Therefore, this information is exempt from
disclosure under section 40(2) of FOIA on the grounds that it is personal
Our general guidance on applications is as follows:
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
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 Medicine that year. The standard offer has changed over the past
four years. For further information you might find this useful:
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
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.
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will not entertain your complaint unless you have exhausted any relevant
internal review procedures.
Freedom of Information Officer
King’s College, Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1ST
Email: [King's College, Cambridge request email]
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