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Foundation Year

The Cambridge Foundation Year is a unique course intended to provide a stepping stone to Cambridge for students who have been prevented from realising their potential due to educational disadvantage or disruption.​

The course is a free and fully-funded programme offering study in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is only available as a full-time, one-year residential programme, and it is only open to those ordinarily resident in the UK. Prospective Applicants must meet strict eligibility criteria as well as academic entry requirements.


Latest news

Students begin degrees after new foundation year

2 October 2023

Students who last October joined the University of Cambridge’s new pre-degree foundation year are this term beginning their degrees at Cambridge and other top UK universities, after successfully completing the one-year programme. Last year, 47 students joined the Cambridge Foundation Year’s first cohort , with 39 (83%)...

Welcome to the Class of 2023-24

29 September 2023

Welcome to the Foundation Year Class of 2023-24! Our new students commenced their studies with our Induction Week held at Fitzwilliam College from 18-22 September 2023. They will now be moving into the 12 Colleges hosting students this year. This includes Queens' College and St Edmund's College who are welcoming their...

Congratulations to new Foundation Year students

22 August 2023

Congratulations to all the incoming Foundation Year students who received their results from A Levels, BTECs and other qualifications last week. The Foundation Year's new students include Daanyaal from Shirley High School in Croydon whose results were featured on the University of Cambridge homepage . Daanyaal is the first...