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Foundation Year


Foundation Year at Cambridge

If you want to study courses in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences and circumstances have prevented you from realising your academic potential, this is an opportunity not to miss.​ This innovative route is designed for a new field of candidates to help them realise their academic potential through a full-time, residential programme fully embedded in the Collegiate University. The course is open to those ordinarily resident in the UK and applicants must meet eligibility criteria. There are no tuition fees and all students receive a non-repayable scholarship to cover living costs on the programme.

On the Foundation Year, you can expect a challenging academic curriculum in the arts, humanities and social sciences. This offers the best possible preparation for the rigours of a Cambridge degree course by broadening and deepening your knowledge and understanding as well as introducing you to the ways students learn at Cambridge. Foundation Year students will also benefit from being part of the University, including being part of a College community and having full access to all the University’s societies and facilities to pursue their interests.

Finally, you will gain a nationally recognised Certificate of Higher Education and upon finishing the course you will have the option to continue to a number of suitable undergraduate degree courses at Cambridge.

Find out more about the application process.


Apply via UCAS by 31 January 2024 for 2024 entry

Applications for 2023 entry have closed and we cannot consider late applications.

Foundation Year FAQs

Got a question about ther Foundation Year? See our FAQ page.

Mature student?

Cambridge 21+ is a hybrid residential programme for mature students who have never been to university before. Run by the three ‘mature’ colleges at Cambridge – St. Edmund’s, Hughes Hall, Wolfson,  – the programme is designed to help Home fee status students who will be 21 or over when they start their course, make a competitive application to study at the University of Cambridge.

Find out more and sign up here.