Scoring and statistics for UCL A100 Medicine MBBS course

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Dear University College London,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), I kindly request for the following information regarding the A100 Medicine MBBS course for 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admission cycles.

1. I would like to know if UCL have a GCSE cut off score

2. I would like to know how many 9s ( for the years applicable) are required at GCSE to score "above average", "average", and "below average" according to UCL's GCSE scoring system, if not applicable, I would like to know what the criteria is for scoring an "above average", "average", and "below average" at GCSE.

3. I would like to know the total number of successful medicine applicants, and:

a) How many A levels a successful applicant has on average

b) The average GCSE grade (1-9) (for years that are applicable) a successful applicant has on average

c) The average number of A*s at A level a successful applicant has on average

4. I would like to know how are applicants ranked in the process of a selection for an interview, and I would like a copy of an interview and/or application score sheet if available

5. I would like to know the average bmat score for each section, for interviewed applicants for 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admission cycles.

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********

I kindly request for the following information regarding the A100 Medicine
MBBS course  for 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admission cycles.

 

1. I would like to know if UCL have a GCSE cut off score

 

2. I would like to know how many 9s ( for the years applicable) are
required at GCSE to score "above average", "average", and "below average"
according to UCL's GCSE scoring system, if not applicable, I would like to
know what the criteria is for scoring an "above average", "average", and
"below average"  at GCSE.

 

3. I would like to know the total number of successful medicine
applicants, and:

 

a) How many A levels a successful applicant has on average

 

b) The average GCSE grade (1-9)  (for years that are applicable) a
successful applicant has on average

 

c) The average number of A*s at A level a successful applicant has on
average

 

4. I would like to know how are applicants ranked in the process of a
selection for an interview, and I would like a copy of an interview and/or
application score sheet if available

 

5. I would like to know the average bmat score for each section, for
interviewed applicants  for 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admission
cycles.

 

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

 

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

Could you please clarify what you mean by “successful applicant” – is it
someone who gets an offer or is it someone who would become a student on
the MBBS at UCL, or something else?

********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 Jannie,

Just wanted to clarify that a "successful applicant", is one that is offered a placement to study medicine at UCL, regardless of whether the student accepts or rejects the offer.

Yours sincerely,

Amro Naga

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Amro

 

Thank you for your request of 30 April. You subsequently clarified that by
“successful applicant” you meant an applicant that is offered a placement
to study medicine at UCL, regardless of whether they accept or reject the
offer.

 

You asked:

 

1. I would like to know if UCL have a GCSE cut off score

 

2. I would like to know how many 9s ( for the years applicable) are
required at GCSE to score "above average", "average", and "below average"
according to UCL's GCSE scoring system, if not applicable, I would like to
know what the criteria is for scoring an "above average", "average", and
"below average"  at GCSE.

 

3. I would like to know the total number of successful medicine
applicants, and:

 

a) How many A levels a successful applicant has on average

 

b) The average GCSE grade (1-9)  (for years that are applicable) a
successful applicant has on average

 

c) The average number of A*s at A level a successful applicant has on
average

 

4. I would like to know how are applicants ranked in the process of a
selection for an interview, and I would like a copy of an interview and/or
application score sheet if available

 

5. I would like to know the average bmat score for each section, for
interviewed applicants for 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admission
cycles.

 

Our response:

 

 1. Candidates must fulfil minimum GCSE Maths and English Language
requirements in order to be eligible for consideration. Otherwise,
there are no GCSE cut off scores.

 

Technically, this information is exempt information on the basis of the
following FOIA exemption: s.21 - information accessible to applicant by
other means. You can also find the information you need by following these
links:
[1]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-studen...
[2]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu...
[3]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu....

 

 2. UCL does not have a GCSE scoring system. We do not count the number of
9 or A* grades a candidate has achieved. We do not score GCSE grades
as Above average, Average or Below average. We are therefore unable to
respond to question 2.

 

 3. The GCSE results do not have grading 1-9 – they are still in grading
A*, A, B, C, etc. and we are therefore unable to respond to part (c)
of question 3. The responses to parts (a) and (b) are set out below:

 

Successful Applicants    

               

Year                      Offers

2016-17                516

2017-18                554

2018-19                631

Grand Total         1701

               

Successful Applicants - Average numbers of A Levels       

               

Year       Average No. of A Levels

2016-17                3.6

2017-18                3.5

2018-19                3.4

               

Successful Applicants - Average numbers of A Levels at A*            

               

Year       Average No. of A Levels at A*

2016-17                1.9

2017-18                1.6

2018-19                1.7

               

 4. Please see the attached documents.

 

Technically, the Selection for Medicine procedure information is exempt
information on the basis of the following FOIA exemption: s.21 -
information accessible to applicant by other means. You can also find the
information you need by following these link:
[4]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu...

 

The attached Selection for Medicine pdf was also on UCL’s website for each
cycle from 2014 through 2019.

 

 5. As set out below:

 

Mean BMAT scores 2016/17      

S1        5.4

S2        5.3

S3        3.5

 

Eng grade         A

 

Mean BMAT scores 2017/18      

S1        5.1

S2        5.3

S3        3.4

 

Eng grade         A

 

Mean BMAT scores 2018/19      

S1        4.9

S2        5.2

S3        3.3

 

Eng grade         A

 

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