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Foundation Year

 

Application Process and deadlines

  • Applicants must apply via UCAS by the January deadline. For 2022 entry, this is 26 January 2022. 
  • After applying, students must also complete the Foundation Year Supplementary Application Questionnaire (FYSAQ). This is your opportunity to express a preference College, provide evidence of your eligibility and provide us with further information about your suitability for the course.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a pre-interview admissions assessment. Further details about this will be released shortly, but it will not require advance registration and can be completed from home or school.
  • Shortlisted applicants will also be invited to interview. For 2022 entry, interviews will be held between 28 March and 1 April 2022 and will be conducted online.
  • Offers will be issued via UCAS in April. 

Academic entry requirements

In order to be eligible to apply to the Foundation Year, applicants must have or be projected to receive 120 UCAS academic tariff points. We accept a variety of qualifications within this academic requirement including A Levels, BTECs and Access to HE Diplomas. The full list of qualifications we accept is listed here

Eligibility

Alongside the academic entry requirement, meet eligibility requirements relating to educational or social disadvantage and disruption and be ordinarily resident in the UK (international students see here). 

Our eligibility criteria reflect experiences that have been shown to negatively impact educational attainment. These criteria are a gateway to consideration for this programme and places are awarded on academic suitability. 

The full criteria are available here. However, in brief, there are three categories: individual characteristics, family characteristics and school/college characteristics. Applicants must meet one or more criteria from at least two of the categories to be eligible. Care-experienced applicants, however, are automatically eligible. Evidence of eligibility is required during the application process and is gathered through the FYSAQ

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please first carefully consult the details here. Enquiries about eligibility can be directed to foundation.year@admin.cam.ac.uk.

UCAS Personal Statements

Your UCAS application will include a Personal Statement. If you are applying to the Foundation Year as well as other courses at other universities, your Personal Statement can focus on the subject you are interested in and it does not have to mention your motivations for studying the Foundation Year specifically. You will get the chance to expand on this in the FYSAQ.

We have some guidance on how to write a great Personal Statement available here.

 

Deadline

Apply via UCAS by 26 January 2022 for 2022 entry