Transfer into Medicine from BSc Biomedical Science (B940)

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Dear St George’s University of London,

I would like to know the number of students made an offer to transfer into the third year of the five year medical (MBBS) course from the BSc Biomedical Science (B940) degree for all years that this data is held. I would also like to know the number of students who actually go on to take up a place after being made an offer, the number of applicants for this internal scheme, the number of applicants interviewed for this route as well as detailed selection criteria at interview to select which students will be offered a place for all years that this data is held.

For clarity I am referring to the scheme detailed publicly on your website here:

http://www.sgul.ac.uk/courses/undergradu...

You may respond to my request via the What Do The Know website service.

I look forward to receiving your timely reply,

Yours faithfully,

Adam Smith

Dear St George’s University of London,

Could you please confirm receipt of my FOI request ?

Yours faithfully,

Adam Smith

Sheila Durkin, St George's University of London

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I write to confirm receipt of your FOI request which will be responded to
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With best wishes. 
 
 
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Dear Sheila Durkin,

You are now officially late with your response.

Should you delay any further I will be forced to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Smith

Sheila Durkin, St George's University of London

Dear Mr Smith,

I am sorry for the delay in responding to your FOI request.

Several members are staff are away and this has caused some delay with
providing your response.

I will report back to you as soon as possible, with apologies again for
the delay.

Best wishes.

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Sheila Durkin
Governance Manager
St George's University of London
Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 ORe
Email [email address]
Telephone 020 8725 4698

Sheila Durkin, St George's University of London

Dear Sir,

I write to respond to your recent Freedom of Information request.  Our
apologies that this response has been slightly delayed.  The answers to
your questions are set down below:

Transfer numbers from Biomedical Science to Medicine

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year |Applied |Offered |Enrolled |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2004 |6 |6 |6 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2005 |6 |6 |6 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2006 |6 |5 |5 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2007 |5 |3 |3 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2008 |31 |9 |9 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2009 |40 |9 |9 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2010 |59 |5 |5 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2011 |80 |21 |20 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|2012 |22 |5 |5 |
|---------------+------------------+------------------+------------------|
|  |  |  |  |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Up until 2008, only finalists (those just completing the 3^rd year of
Biomedicine) who had already achieved a 2.1 or better were permitted to
apply for transfer and attend interview, hence the low number of
candidates.

After 2008, due to the change of date for sitting the GAMSAT test (changed
from January to September annually),  applicants were permitted to apply
at the end of the 2^nd year on the basis of first and second year results
and a predicted 2.1, resulting in a higher number of applicants. This was
so if transfer applicants failed to obtain a place on the course, they
could then plan to apply for MBBS4 as a fall back. The entry requirements
have been the same since 2008:

In order to be considered for entry to year 3 of MBBS5 candidates must
have (no exceptions)

·        At least 65% in first year exams  and

·        At least 67% in 2nd year exams  and

·        A predicted First Class or 2.1 degree

Or

·        An average of 66% in Years One and Two combined - where the
marks  for Year Two are given twice the weighting of the marks in Year One
i.e. (mark in Year 1 x 0.33) + (mark in Year 2 x 0.67) must come to at
least 66% 

·        A predicted First Class or 2.1 degree

It should be noted that 2012 applications were lower than in the previous
4 years as entry requirements have been tightened up. From 2008 to 2011,
large numbers of applicants applied who did not meet the criteria for
their first year exams but who hoped to increase their overall average
with improved performance in the second year.  For 2012 (and for future
years of entry), those who have not achieved 65% in their first year
exams, regardless of how they might feel they will perform in 2nd year
exams, may NOT apply to this scheme before second year results are known.
However, after release of the 2nd year results, should an individual
achieve an overall average of 66% combined for Years 1 and 2, they are
required to contact Admissions at that time for consideration.

All applicants are interviewed and must achieve an acceptable score
overall to receive an offer. Up until 2009, this was a panel interview but
as with all other Medicine programmes, we now utilise the MMI, details of
which are on our website:
[1]http://www.sgul.ac.uk/courses/undergradu....

Whilst writing may I advise that if you are not happy with the way in
which we have handled your request, you can appeal by writing to the
Secretary and Academic Registrar of the institution:
 
Sophie Bowen
Secretary and Academic Registrar
St George’s University of London
Cranmer Terrace
Tooting
London
SW17 0RE
 
The Information Commissioner has authority and responsibility under the
Freedom of Information Act and you can contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office by email at ([2][email address]), or at
the following address:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
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For more information see the Information Commissioner’s Office – Freedom
of Information website:
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May I ask you to direct future FOI requests for SGUL to myself at
[4][email address], or to the generic email address [5][SGUL request email]
for the sake of expediency.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Best wishes.

 

Sheila Durkin
Governance Manager
St George’s University of London
Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 ORE
Email [6][email address]
Telephone 020 8725 4698
Facsimile 020 8672 6940

 

On 27/02/2012 15:41, Adam Smith wrote:

Dear St George’s University of London,

I would like to know the number of students made an offer to
transfer into the third year of the five year medical (MBBS) course
from the BSc Biomedical Science (B940) degree for all years that
this data is held. I would also like to know the number of students
who actually go on to take up a place after being made an offer,
the number of applicants for this internal scheme, the number of
applicants interviewed for this route as well as detailed selection
criteria at interview to select which students will be offered a
place for all years that this data is held.

For clarity I am referring to the scheme detailed publicly on your
website here:

[7]http://www.sgul.ac.uk/courses/undergradu...

You may respond to my request via the What Do The Know website
service.

I look forward to receiving your timely reply,

Yours faithfully,

Adam Smith

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