Philosophy and Linguistics Statistics and Information

James Adams made this Freedom of Information request to University of Oxford

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Dear University of Oxford,

I would like to request the following information, which concerns the PPL course (specifically the Philosophy and Linguistics course) at Oxford University, the MLAT (specifically, the linguistics section (part 9, formerly part L)) and the TSA (specifically, part 1).

A. Regarding the EP and PPL courses as a whole (Experimental Psychology; Philosophy and Linguistics, Psychology and Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology), could you please provide the following information for each of the UCAS cycles 2013-2017:
1. The total number of applicants to each of the 4 courses and the 4 courses as a whole with a break down by school type (as found on the Oxford statistics website: https://public.tableau.com/views/UoO_UG_...
2. The number of applicants shortlisted (invited to interview) for each of the 4 courses and the 4 courses as a whole with a break down by school type (as above);
3. The number of applicants who received an offer for each of the 4 courses and the 4 courses as a whole break down by school type (as above).

B. Regarding just the Philosophy and Linguistics course (of the PPL course) for the UCAS cycles 2013-2017, could you please provide the following information regarding the applicants to the course:
1. The mean, median, minimum and maximum number of A*s at GCSE of applicants, with a breakdown of "all applicants", "interviewed candidates"(shortlisted candidates) and "successful applicants" (those given an offer);
2. The mean, median, minimum and maximum score for TSA Section 1 of applicants, with a breakdown of "all applicants", "interviewed candidates"(shortlisted candidates) and "successful applicants" (those given an offer), in terms of critical thinking, problem solving, and the TSA section 1 as a whole;
3. The mean, median, minimum and maximum score for the MLAT linguistics section of applicants, , with a breakdown of "all applicants", "interviewed candidates"(shortlisted candidates) and "successful applicants" (those given an offer),
4. The mean, minimum and maximum interview score of applicants, with a breakdown of "all applicants", "interviewed candidates"(shortlisted candidates) and "successful applicants" (those given an offer),
5. With regards to each applicant, please could you provide the following information (similarly, this is regarding the Philosophy and Linguistics course (of the PPL course) for the UCAS cycles 2013-2017)
a: The number of GCSEs of each applicant,
b: The GCSE grades of each applicant,
c: The AS grades of each applicant,
d: The predicted A Level grades of each applicant,
e: The A Level School type of each applicant,
f: The contextualised GCSE score of each applicant,
g: TSA Section 1 score of each applicant (split into categories of critical thinking, problem solving and overall score),
h: The MLAT Linguistics section score of each applicant,
i: Whether the applicant was shortlisted for interview,
j: Where applicable, the interview scores of each applicant broken down by: interview conducted and subject of interview and the used of average of these scores,
k: Whether the applicant received an offer,
Specifically please may I request this information (1-5, including 5a-k) to be modelled on the successful request below:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Regarding the MLAT linguistics section (part 9, formerly part L), could you please provide the following information for the UCAS cycles 2008-2017:
1: An explanation of the MLAT linguistics section with regards to: the test, the marking, how the marks are used and the extent to which they are used in decision making,
2: The mark schemes for MLAT linguistics sections for the past papers 2008-2015,
3: The past paper of the MLAT linguistics section for 2010,
4: The scores of each student sitting this section of the test, with a breakdown by course and (sub-) section, as modelled on Gould's successful request: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...
5: The mean, median, minimum and maximum scores of the MLAT linguistics section, with a breakdown of "all applicants", "interviewed candidates"(shortlisted candidates) and "successful applicants" (those given an offer),

Regarding the TSA and the document "Ojolola 2 Attachment 2.pdf" (found: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...), please could you provide an explanation of the phrase "However, candidates with either a high Contextualised A* Count or high TSA score (top 25%) are automatically reconsidered for short-listing." (page 9 of the aforementioned document) - does this mean that a "high contextualised A* count" refers to the top 25% of "A* count"'s (like for the TSA score), or is another criteria used for this?

Yours faithfully,

J. Adams

UAS Foi, University of Oxford

Dear Mr Adams

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request.

We shall send you a substantive response no later than the statutory deadline of 27th November.

Kind regards,
Amy

Amy Foster | Information Compliance Officer
Council Secretariat | University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Dear University of Oxford,

I am writing regarding the FOI request I made on 29 October 2017. My understanding is that the statutory deadline was 24/11/17 (today), so I am emailing to ask the status of this request and would request this information as soon as possible. Since a representative of yours has noted the statutory deadline as 27th November, I would be appreciative if a substantive reply was given by this time.

Yours faithfully,

James Adams

UAS Foi, University of Oxford

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Dear Mr. Adams,

Please find attached our response to your request.

Kind regards,
Information Compliance
Council Secretariat

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