Newcastle dentistry admissions stats

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Dear Newcastle University,
I am making this request in accordance with the FOI act.
These questions are regarding your A200 BDS course.
1) How do you take GCSEs, UCAT score and personal statement into account when deciding whether on giving an applicant an interview?
2)For the past 3 admissions cycles, could you list the following:
The number of applicants
The number of interviews
The number of offers
3) Do you have an interview scoring system?

Yours faithfully,

Ghaus Sohail

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Information Security & Governance Team
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Newcastle University

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Good afternoon Ghaus,

Thank you for your request for information dated 11/01/2020, please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request, please see below for our response:

1. We do not look at GCSE grades at all when shortlisting for interview. The first thing we look at is the UCAT score. A prospective student would need to achieve a good score, however, our cut off is different every single year. Over the years it has ranged from 590 to 670. The cut off for 2020 entry was 640. We then look at predicted grades and then read the personal statement to see if the student has relevant work experience.

2. The information regarding the last three admissions cycles are as follows:

2017 2018 2019
Number of Apps 704 756 721
Number Interviewed 288 290 285
Number of Offers 157 144 146

3. We do have a scoring system for interview. The score is out of 30 and the student would need to normally score between 28.5 and 30 to be given an offer.

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Information Security & Governance Team
Newcastle University

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