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New Foundation Year Programme at the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge has announced the launch of their new Foundation Year programme due to commence in October 2022. 

The Foundation Year offers a fully-funded, year-long, residential programme, focused in the arts, humanities and social sciences subjects available specifically to students who have experienced a range of educational disadvantages or disruptions. 

The eligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to, students who are currently in care or care experienced; students who are or have been young carers, or who may have experienced homelessness or bereavements; students from low-income households; and students whose schools or colleges have low rates of progression to higher education.

The Foundation Year particularly welcomes enquiries or applications from refugees and other displaced persons. 

To be eligible to enter the programme, applicants will require 120 UCAS Academic Tariff Points; no specific subjects are required. Interested applicants may work out how many UCAS Tariff points their qualifications are worth at

Students admitted onto the Foundation Year will become part of a College community; they will live alongside other undergraduates and have full access to all the University’s societies and facilities. Their learning will be supported by lectures, seminars and supervisions.

All Foundation Year students who complete the programme with a Pass or above will receive a  recognised Level 4 CertHE qualification from the University of Cambridge, which will enable them to access a wide range of undergraduate level courses.  Those attaining at 65% or higher will be able – should they wish to do so – to progress straight through to a full undergraduate degree at Cambridge in one of eighteen courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Interested applicants may find out more here: or contact the Foundation Year team at [email protected]