Ministers are under pressure to increase the slotxo number of places to study medicine in England following a change in A-level grades this week, which found more students responding to the proposal than previously thought.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said it hopes to honor a place for students who now meet the terms of their offer. But subjects such as medicine are subject to external constraints due to the cost of teaching courses and the limited number of clinics in hospital positions.
Prof. Mark Goodwin said another option is to have students postpone their studies until the next year if the selected course is full. But it could affect the number of places that teach in the next year.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that recruiting more students would be “very difficult to manage” especially when social exclusion is in place.