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By Hannah RichardsonBBC News education reporter

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Minimum entry grades for universities and a cap on student numbers are part of government plans to shake up England’s higher education system.

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Students will need GCSE passes in English and maths, or the equivalent of two grade Es at A-level, under the plans being set out on Thursday.

Entry grade exemptions, possibly for mature students, will be looked at during a forthcoming consultation.

Opposition is likely because of the possible impact on poorer students.

The plans, being set out in a long-awaited response to the Augar review of post-18 education, will also consult on a cap on the number of places at England’s universities.

The intention is to restrict entry on to courses which the government believes do not offer a good route into graduate jobs.

Ministers argue this should encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships or other higher qualifications.