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Dear King’s College, Cambridge,

I would like to request a freedom of information request regarding engineering admission at your college.
I would like to know for each admission rounds : 2013 ,2014 ,2015 ,2016
1.number of applicants and number of places offered
2.number of pooled candidates
3.interveiw score’s for candidates offered a place
4. average UMS for offered
average UMS for pooled
average UMS for rejected
average MUMS for offered
average MUMS for pooled
average MUMS for rejected

Average UMS is to mean the top 3 ums score of each candidate
MUMS is to mean the maths UMS score of each candidate
You can give the data in aggregated form if necessary

It would be really helpful if I can get an early response

Yours faithfully,

David solomon

King’s College, Cambridge

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Dear David Solomon,


This is in reply to your enquiry received by the College on 22 August and
made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I can confirm that
the College does hold some information related to your enquiry, but some
of it is exempt under section 40, personal data.


To address your questions in order:


1. number of applicants and number of places offered


These application numbers are for valid applications for Engineering only.
They exclude applications for Chemical Engineering via Engineering. The
offer numbers are for offers made within the specified applications round.
They include places offered for deferred entry.


2016 Admissions Round

Number of applications for Engineering: 106 Number of places offered: 9


2015 Admissions Round

Number of applications for Engineering: 109 Number of places offered: 11


2014 Admissions Round

Number of applications for Engineering: 90 Number of places offered: 9


2013 Admissions Round

Number of applications for Engineering: 76 Number of places offered: 7


2. number of pooled candidates


2016 Admissions Round

Number of pooled candidates for Engineering:  14


2015 Admissions Round

Number of pooled candidates for Engineering:  14


2014 Admissions Round

Number of pooled candidates for Engineering:  16


2013 Admissions Round

Number of pooled candidates for Engineering:  7


3 and 4. interview scores and average (M)UMS scores


Although the College holds this information for some candidates,
disclosure would require the processing of personal data for reasons other
than those for which it was collected. Therefore, the information is
exempt under section 40 of the FOI Act.


We hope the following information will be helpful to you:




At King's, we are looking for promise and potential. So although existing
and predicted grades form a central criterion for admission, we are
careful to interpret grades in light of your personal and educational
background. We assess each application individually. We are interested to
learn about your existing knowledge and skills, but we endeavour also to
find out how you would deal with the new materials and ideas you would
encounter at Cambridge. All candidates are considered strictly on the
basis of their academic promise.


During the application process, we look at:

• your academic record, including GCSE and AS (or equivalent) grades and
marks and A level (or equivalent) grades or predictions, this record being
considered in the context of the quality (but not type) of
schools/colleges at which it was achieved; • your school/college
reference; • your personal statement; • your admissions assessments (the
pre-interview assessment for Engineering as well as at-interview
assessments) • your performance at interview(s) With this holistic view
you can understand that it is not possible to predict your chances of
success based on interview scores or any one factor alone. Our advice is
to apply if you look like you can achieve the standard offer of A*A*A for
Engineering at the end of sixth form.


UMS scores are being phased out with the A level reforms, so not all A
level applicants this year will have UMS scores for each subject. King's
also interviews international students, for whom UMS scores are not
recorded (in previous years). In recent admissions rounds, the average
Cambridge applicant scored about 90 per cent on this measure, while the
average successful Cambridge applicant scored nearer 95 per cent. But
please note that both these figures are only averages – applicants don’t
need to have achieved a certain score in every module and aren’t required
to achieve 90 per cent or above in all modules. There were successful
Cambridge applicants who had UMS averages in their best/most relevant
three subjects below 90 per cent.


I attach a leaflet outlining the College's FOI Act policies and
procedures.  If you have further questions please ask me in the first
instance. If you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has
been dealt with you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for
a decision. Generally, the Commissioner will not entertain your complaint
unless you have exhausted any relevant internal review procedures.


Yours sincerely

Peter Jones




Peter Jones

Freedom of Information Officer

King’s College, Cambridge

Cambridge CB2 1ST


Email: [1][King’s College, Cambridge request email]



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