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Cambridge University hopes to increase intake of disadvantaged pupils.

Cambridge University hopes to increase intake of disadvantaged pupils.

Cambridge University is to offer "second chance" places after A-level results for the first time this summer, in a deliberate bid to increase the number of disadvantaged students.

There will be about 100 places available but only deprived students from the UK will be allowed to apply.

The university has faced accusations of being socially exclusive.

Cambridge says the scheme reflects its wish to recruit more disadvantaged youngsters - but it is not a "quota".

The prestigious university has been attacked for a lack of diversity in its intake of about 3,500 undergraduates each year - such as too few students from poorer backgrounds or from deprived areas.

    

Last week, BBC News revealed UK students had 500 fewer undergraduate places at Cambridge than a decade ago, while overseas student numbers had risen by 65%.

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