Undergraduate law admissions: data on candidates applying through non-traditional routes

Samira El Amein made this Freedom of Information request to University of Huddersfield

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Dear University of Huddersfield,

I would like to request the following data relating to all law courses (i.e. both the single honours LLB or BA and any joint honours law courses) offered by your university.

I am requesting the data for candidates who received offers for one of the aforementioned law courses in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 admissions cycles (I refer to these candidates as ‘the offerholders’).

If the data for 2018/2019 is not available for whatever reason, please provide it for 2016/2017 (I am looking for at least two admission cycles’ worth of data, in order to ensure that it is reliable).

I request the following data for each admissions cycle:

1. The total number of offerholders for the aforementioned law courses.

2. The number of offerholders who were either planning to complete or had completed BTECs as their most recent qualification.

3. The number of offerholders who were either planning to complete or had completed a Higher National Diploma (‘HND’) or Higher National Certificate (‘HNC’) as their most recent qualification.

4. The number of offerholders who were either planning to complete or had completed an Access to Higher Education diploma as their most recent qualification.

5. The number of offerholders who received offers while planning to resit their A-levels. (These individuals will show up on your system as having completed one set of A-levels already, with predictions for at least one other A-level).

I look forward to hearing from you. Let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Samira El Amein

Freedom of Information requests, University of Huddersfield

Dear Samira,

I acknowledge receipt of enquiry received on 22 September 2019, which is being processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt.

Please note that if the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.

Yours sincerely

Esha Goswami
Information Governance Officer

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Freedom of Information requests, University of Huddersfield

Dear Samira,

 

Our response to your request for information dated 22 September 2019 is
provided below in accordance with the original numbering of your request.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  |Proposed Academic Year of Entry|
| |-------------------------------|
|Qualifications on Entry | 2017/18 | 2018/19 |
|----------------------------------------+---------------+---------------|
| 1. Number of 'Offerholders' | 754 | 887 |
|----------------------------------------+---------------+---------------|
| 2. Number with a BTEC qualification | 218 | 263 |
|----------------------------------------+---------------+---------------|
| 3. Number with a HND or HNC | 0 | |
| qualification | | 0 |
|----------------------------------------+---------------+---------------|
| 4. Number with a Access to HE | | |
| qualification | 44 | 35 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Please note that the data for the 2018/19 academic year will not be
finalised until November 2019.

 

With regard to question 5, we would need to undertake a manual review of
all records to determine the number of offerholders who received offers
while planning to resit their A-levels, since the information held in the
University’s student record system is not consistent/complete. Section 12
(1) of the Freedom of Information Act makes provision for public
authorities to refuse requests for information where cost of dealing with
them would exceed the appropriate limit set by The Freedom of Information
and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004
(Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 3244). For higher education bodies this
limit is set at £450, which represents the estimated cost of one person
spending 18 hours in determining whether the University holds the
information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information. We are
unable to estimate exactly how long it would take to determine appropriate
material, locate, retrieve and extract the information requested, however,
this is likely to be well in excess of 18 Hours. Therefore under Section
12(1) this element of your request will not be progressed further.

 

I hope this response satisfies your request, however, if you wish to
appeal the handling of your request in the first instance, please set out
in writing your grounds for appeal and send it to the University
Secretary, within 3 months of our response, at The University of
Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH or via email to
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Further information about the Freedom of Information Act can be obtained
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Yours sincerely

 

Esha Goswami

Information Governance Officer

 

 

 

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