Several leading universities, including Cambridge and York, have been accused of changing A-Level entry requirements subsequent to students applying.

This comes following the pressure of funding cuts of £915m, a surge of almost 12% in students applying, and potential fines for universities of £3,700 for every place over government quotas awarded.

Jonny Medland, Vice-President for Affairs at OUSU, said that the move is “an inevitable consequence of government cuts in higher education funding” and “is indicative of the desperation forced on universities”.

Oxford University has made clear that AAA has been the “standard conditional offer” at Oxford for “some time” and will remain so.