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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

First ever Cambridge Foundation Year places offered to talented students who have experienced educational disadvantage

25 April 2022

More than 50 students from backgrounds of educational disadvantage have been offered a place on the University of Cambridge’s first-ever pre-degree foundation year. Following a rigorous admissions process, offers have been made to 52 students. Free and fully funded, the Cambridge Foundation Year is aimed at engaging an...