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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

Applicant communications over the Christmas and New Year period

1 December 2022

The Foundation Year offices will be closed between Thursday 22 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023 inclusive. During this period, we will not be able to respond to email enquiries. We will also be unable to assist with FYSAQ issues, process new UCAS applications, or issue FYSAQ forms within the usual 48 hours from our...

Cambridge’s first Foundation Year students arrive as new academic year begins

13 October 2022

Cambridge’s first-ever Foundation Year students are among those who have arrived at the University for the start of the new academic year. The 47 students are joining the new one-year, pre-degree programme , created to address educational disadvantage and disruption, and offering a new route to undergraduate study for...