Concern for A-level students over cap on university admissions

School leaders are urging the government to ensure A-level students who have had their exams cancelled this summer because of the Covid-19 crisis do not face further disadvantage by losing university places because of a cap on student numbers.

The fear is that those universities who have in the past welcomed large numbers of international students will seek to replace them with UK students, taking them away from other institutions that would in turn face serious financial problems.

“Whatever we do, we must make sure that student choice is preserved and students who have not had their A-levels, do not lose out,” said Sir Steve Smith, the vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter.

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