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Dear University College London,

Please provide the data for the last 3 complete application cycles for your A100 Medicine Course for students that applied in England in year 13 of college / sixth form (and any other equivalent in the England) for the below requests:

1 ) The number of applicants, applicants interviewed, and applicants given an offer

2 ) The average BMAT score in each section of applicants, applicants interviewed, and applicants given an offer

3 ) Whether all 3 sections of the BMAT are used and whether there is a threshold used

4 ) How GCSEs are taken into account if at all

5) The selection process including which components of an applicant are considered and how they are used and whether any ranking process is involved

6) The average number of A*s (8/9) GCSEs of applicants, applicants interviewed, and applicants given an offer

Yours faithfully,

Amro Naga

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Dear Amro

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

In order to proceed with your request below, we need clarification and
this is mentioned below.

 

Please provide the requested clarification within 20 working days of this
email.

 

********FOI********

Please provide the data for the last 3 complete application cycles for
your A100 Medicine Course for students that applied in England in year 13
of college / sixth form (and any other equivalent in the England) for the
below requests:

 

1 ) The number of applicants, applicants interviewed, and applicants given
an offer

 

2 ) The average BMAT score in each section of applicants, applicants
interviewed, and applicants given an offer

 

3 ) Whether all 3 sections of the BMAT are used and whether there is a
threshold used

 

4 ) How GCSEs are taken into account if at all

 

5) The selection process including which components of an applicant are
considered and how they are used and whether any ranking process is
involved

 

6) The average number of A*s (8/9) GCSEs of applicants, applicants
interviewed, and applicants given an offer

 

********FOI********

 

********CLARIFICATION********

As we do not record what people’s main activity is at the point they apply
to UCL, would you be willing to accept your enquiry processed with the
clause highlighted below replaced by “applicants whose home domicile is
England”?

 

“students that applied in England in year 13 of college / sixth form (and
any other equivalent in the England)”

********CLARIFICATION********

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind regards,

Janine

 

 

Janine Small

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

Data Protection: [1][email address] FOI: [2][UCL request email]

 

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Yes that should be fine.

Yours sincerely,

Amro Naga

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Amro Naga

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 16^th August 2021 and
clarification of 19^th August 2021.  Apologies for the delay in responding
to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about admission statistics for UCL’s A100 Medicine
programmes for the last three complete application cycles.

 

You clarified that: you are willing to accept the request being processed
with the clause “students that applied in England in year 13 of
college/sixth form and any other equivalent in the England” replaced by
“applicants whose home domicile is England”.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided embedded in
your request below.

 

Your Request:

 

 1. The number of applicants, applicants interviewed, and applicants given
an offer

 

Entry Year Applications Invited to interview Offers made
2018 1550 640 515
2019 1795 750 595
2020 1870 895 700

 

 

 2. The average BMAT score in each section of applicants, applicants
interviewed, and applicants given an offer

 

2018:

 

For applicants selected for
For all applicants: interview: For offer-holders:
Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores
S1 4.5 S1 5.1 S1 5.1
S2 4.6 S2 5.3 S2 5.3
S3 3.2 S3 3.4 S3 3.5
Eng grade A Eng grade A Eng grade A

 

2019:

 

For applicants selected for
For all applicants: interview: For offer-holders:
Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores
S1 4.3 S1 4.9 S1 4.9
S2 4.6 S2 5.2 S2 5.2
S3 3.1 S3 3.3 S3 3.3
Eng grade A Eng grade A Eng grade A

 

2020:

 

For applicants selected for
For all applicants : interview: For offer-holders:
Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores Mean BMAT scores
S1 4.3 S1 5.2 S1 5.2
S2 4.1 S2 4.8 S2 4.8
S3 2.9 S3 3.2 S3 3.2
Eng grade A Eng grade A Eng grade A

 

 3. Whether all 3 sections of the BMAT are used and whether there is a
threshold used

 

o All sections of the BMAT are used in the assessment of an
application.  There is no cut-off or minimum score that needs to be
achieved in order for an application to be considered.

 

 4. How GCSEs are taken into account if at all

 

o Candidates must achieve a minimum grade 6 or B in GCSE Maths or
English Language.

 

 5. The selection process including which components of an applicant are
considered and how they are used and whether any ranking process is
involved

 

o This is exempt information on the basis of Section 21 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 – information accessible to applicant by other
means.  You can find information on our selection process here:
[1]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu....

 

 6. The average number of A*s (8/9) GCSEs of applicants, applicants
interviewed, and applicants given an offer

 

Average number of A* of Average number of
Average number of A* those invited to A* of applicants
Entry Year of applicants interview given an offer
2018 7 9 9
2019 7 9 9
2020 7 9 9

 

 

With regards to question 1, whilst UCL is committed to openness and
transparency, we are also mindful of our obligations under the Data
Protection regime, and therefore take steps to anonymise data before it is
released. We therefore adopt the following approach when releasing
statistic that relate to people, to prevent unauthorised disclosure of
information that relates to individuals:

 

•               Numbers of individuals are rounded to the nearest multiple
of five – so if the figure is 102 individuals, this is rounded to 100. Any
number lower than 2.5 is rounded to zero.

•               Percentages that are based on a group of 22 individuals or
less are not provided, and this includes requests for percentile
information about marks.

•               Averages based on 7 or fewer individuals are not provided.

 

We have identified that there is a risk of the identification of
underlying individuals in the information that you have requested. We have
therefore applied rounding to the number of individuals to the nearest
multiple of five. The information withheld is personal information of
third parties, or, if linked with other personal identifiers in the public
domain, would be likely to become personal data. This information has been
withheld under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
by virtue of Section 40(3A)(i).

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is personal
data relating to someone other than the requester and (ii) its disclosure
would breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case, we
believe that the requested information could relate to and identify
individuals and therefore would be personal data. The disclosure of these
personal data would not be within the reasonable expectations of the
individuals concerned and it would be unfair to do so; this therefore
breaches the first Data Protection principle.

 

As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test.

 

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Kind regards,

 

 

Janine Small

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

Data Protection: [5][email address] FOI: [6][UCL request email]

 

 

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