Dear Imperial College London,

I am writing to make a request for the following statistics for the previous five admission cycles:

1) Total number of applications
2) Total number of interviews
3) Total number of offers
4) BMAT threshold
5) If there was no threshold: the lowest BMAT score
6) Interview scoring sheet
7) Weighting of each component (such as BMAT, Personal Statement, and GSCE’s) in offering an interview

Yours faithfully,

Younus Rahman

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rahman,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College will respond to your request by 21st September 2021.

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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Dear Mr Rahman,

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. Please find below the College's response to your questions.

the following statistics for the previous five admission cycles:

1) Total number of applications

3) Total number of offers

Imperial College publishes undergraduate admissions statistics for the past 5 completed admissions cycles. These include:

• Number of applicants, offers and places confirmed
• Average BMAT Scores
• Details of A level, IB and STEP Offers Made
• New Entrants' Achieved A level and IB Grades
• Admissions Rate by Nationality

The published information can be accessed at the transparency pages of our website:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply...

(scroll to the bottom of the webpage to the link “Download the Undergraduate Admission Statistics”). Please refer to Table 1 for admissions data. Information is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (Section 21) if it is already reasonably accessible to the requester.

2) Total number of interviews

Please see below for total number of students Invited to Interview between the admission years 2016 - 2020.

A100 Invited to Interview

2016: 763

2017: 832

2018: 809

2019: 1155

2020: 1245

Please note that interview data is derived from Departmental records and is therefore not directly comparable to the Applications, Offers and Places Confirmed figures.

4) BMAT threshold

2016
Cut Off: Band 3
Section 1: 4.5
Section 2: 4.5
Section 3: 2.5 (content score) 4 (use of English)

2017
Cut Off: Band 4
Section 1: 4.3
Section 2: 4.5
Section 3: 2 (content score) 4 (use of English)

2018
Cut Off: Band 3
Section 1: 4.4
Section 2: 4.5
Section 3: 2.5 (content score) 3 (use of English)

2019
Section 1: 3.5
Section 2: 3.5
Section 3: 2.5 (content score) C (use of English)

2020
Section 1: 3.5
Section 2: 3.5
Section 3: 2.5 (content score) C (use of English)

Until 2018, the Department used the BMAT banding system as part of assessment. From 2019 onwards, the Department assesses by a score per section. Every applicant must have achieved the section threshold scores.

Since 2019, there are also different BMAT combined section (section 1 + 2) thresholds depending on the fee status of a candidate, as well as if the candidate has been classed as a Widening Participation applicant. Combined section threshold determines invitation to interview. These are as follows:

2019
Overseas (OS): 11.3
Home/EU: 8.6
Widening participation: 7.5

2020
Overseas (OS): 11.2
Home/EU: 8.7
Widening participation: 7.7

5) If there was no threshold: the lowest BMAT score

Not Applicable

6) Interview scoring sheet

At interview, which since 2019 entry takes the format of multiple mini-interviews at a circuit of stations, a candidate's score is based on a six-point scale of "Very Weak", “Weak”, “Borderline”, “Good”, “Very Good, and "Outstanding". On a majority of the stations, a score will be given for the station construct and communication. On some stations, there may be two constructs being assessed. The total of each station will contribute to an overall grade which then determines an offer or reject.

Please find attached a pdf of a screenshot of an example multiple mini-interview scoresheet.

7) Weighting of each component (such as BMAT, Personal Statement, and GSCE’s) in offering an interview

GCSE grades are not taken into account during the admissions process for A100 Medicine. Please see our website for full details of the admissions requirements. If you have queries about admission to this course, you can contact the admissions team.

There is an extensive and thorough admissions process for A100 Medicine, which is outlined below.

At an initial stage, all applications received by the deadline are checked that candidates have, or are predicted to obtain, the minimum academic entry requirements. These candidates are then considered only if they have taken the BMAT admissions test in the year of the application.

From the remaining applications, in order to select candidates for interview, an individual’s BMAT scores are used. The College calculates threshold BMAT scores each year as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. We would use a fixed minimum score in each section (Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3) and then use a combined score in Section 1 and Section 2 from which a threshold is set. Those who achieve the minimum section score and met either the threshold score or above it, would be invited to interview.

There are different BMAT thresholds depending on the fee status of a candidate, as well as if the candidate has been classed as a widening participation applicant.

Since 2019, the selection panel no longer uses the application form as a part of the shortlisting process. In 2019, the application form was used in one of the interview stations only. It is only on exceptional circumstances that a candidates application form is reviewed as a means to shortlist. This would be to discuss all aspects of the application, including for example evidence of motivation and understanding of medicine as a career, evidence of extracurricular interests, and the information provided by the referee's report.

Considerable emphasis is placed on the performance of candidates at interview, and no offer is made to any applicant who has not attended a competitive interview.

Since 2020, Personal Statements are no longer used by the interviewers to bring out aspects of a candidate's experience and to help focus discussions with the candidate during the interview. Rather the interviewers will focus on the candidates interview answers to determine an offer/reject.

Please also see the considerable information available on the College's website about Medicine applications: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/cour... please see in particular the Selection Process and Interview sections.

If you are unhappy with the way that we have handled your request, you can ask us to conduct a review. Please make your representation in writing within 40 days of the date you received this response. If you remain dissatisfied with how Imperial College has handled your request you may then approach the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London

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Dear IMPFOI,

Thank you for your highly detailed response, this has definitely been useful! I do have a few more queries arising from your response:

1. Would I be able to receive the admission statistics (Question 1 to 4) for 2021?

2. In regards to Question 4, was the BMAT threshold different for overseas and/or widening participation applicants or was this the minimum for all applicants?

3. For Question 6, am I right to assume the scoring was 'Very Weak' = 1, 'Weak' = 2, and so on?

Yours faithfully,

Younus

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Rahman,

Admission statistics for 2021 are not yet available. The published admission figures are updated annually (usually in January/February). Information that is intended for future publication is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act by virtue of Section 22 of the Act.

As explained below, since 2019, different BMAT combined section (section 1 + 2) thresholds are applied depending on the fee status of a candidate, as well as if the candidate has been classed as a Widening Participation applicant. Details were provided in our response, below.

As stated below, at interview candidates are scored as follows: "Very Weak", “Weak”, “Borderline”, “Good”, “Very Good, and "Outstanding".

Yours,

Anita Hunt
Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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