Cambridge Foundation Year Logo over St Edmund's

The Cambridge Foundation Year Programme is a free and fully-funded one-year residential course designed to offer a stepping stone to Cambridge for those who have experienced educational disadvantage and are not yet ready to start a full undergraduate degree. If you want to study courses in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences, are ordinarily resident in the UK, and circumstances have prevented you from realising your academic potential, this is an opportunity not to miss.


On completing the Foundation Year, you will gain a nationally recognised Certificate of Higher Education and have the option to transition to an undergraduate degree course at Cambridge.

St Edmund’s welcomes a small number of Foundation Year students each year who become members of our College community, enabling them to enjoy the full Cambridge experience.


Applying to the Foundation Year

The application process is outlined below.

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points.

No specific subjects are required.

The full list of qualifications that we accept within this requirement are listed here. 

Eligibility Criteria

You must also meet the eligibility criteria to apply.

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

Further information on applying to the Foundation Year Programme and the programme’s course structure and content may be found on the Foundation Year Programme’s website.