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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.


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Applications open for first student intake

7 September 2021

UK students from backgrounds of exceptional educational and social disadvantage can now apply – via UCAS - for a place on the pre-degree Cambridge Foundation Year in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The application deadline is 26 January 2022 – not 15 October 2021 as for other Cambridge undergraduate courses. In...

The Foundation Year Open Evening is now open for bookings!

3 September 2021

Want to find out more information about the Foundation Year? Then come along to our Open Evening on 29 September4:30pm - 6:00pm - bookings are now open! This Open Evening will be delivered virtually by staff from the Cambridge Foundation Year. Attending the Open Evening will give you an insight into the Cambridge...