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Cambridge University Has Introduced a New Free Foundation Course

by Shailee Mishra

Date & Time: Apr 27, 2022 10:00 PM

Read Time: 3 minute

In an effort to increase diversity at the world-renowned educational institution in the United Kingdom, the University of Cambridge has launched a new pre-degree foundation course with a lower entry requirement.

The university announced that the new Cambridge Foundation Year will be free and fully funded, with the goal of attracting a completely new pool of applicants.

The rigorous admissions process for the one-year, full-time residential programme, which begins with its inaugural intake of 52 students for the start of the new academic year in October 2022, is followed.

"This is a momentous day for individuals who are getting their Cambridge Foundation Year offers, and it's a big day for the University," said Dr. Alex Pryce, Cambridge's Foundation Year Course Director.

The number of applications we received shows that it is competitive and that there is a clear appetite for it, he said. This is the first time Cambridge has run a pre-degree foundation year programme, aimed at talented applicants who might not otherwise consider applying to study here.

There were 267 applications for the trial Foundation Year programme, or about five applications for every available spot, which is comparable to the amount of applications the university typically receives for undergraduate studies, which is six.

Course is for 50 people each year

The course is intended for roughly 50 people each year who have faced educational and social challenges and have demonstrated the ability to excel in a degree programme in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

The Cambridge Foundation Year, according to Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, "offers a fresh approach to increasing engagement at Cambridge."It's a ground-breaking programme that aspires to reach a whole new generation of Cambridge students and change lives.

I'm thrilled that we have reached this critical moment after all of the planning that has gone into creating the Cambridge Foundation Year, as well as the hard work of many colleagues across the University and Colleges, he said.

The program's inception and full one-year scholarships for all accepted students are made possible by a gift from philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson.Students will attend one of the 13 Cambridge colleges that are part of the experimental programme.

Generous scholarship

The university stated that, as with all Cambridge programmes, a rigorous admissions process, which included interviews and assessments, was in place to help admit students who would thrive on the 
Foundation Year and be able to continue to a degree at Cambridge. Students must also demonstrate their eligibility for the "generous scholarship" offered to all course participants.

Cambridge Foundation Year students will receive a CertHE qualification from the University of Cambridge upon successful completion of the programme, and with appropriate achievement, will be able to progress to degrees in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Cambridge without having to reapply in the regular admissions round.

Students with disturbed educational backgrounds in the UK, as well as refugees and asylum seekers, are all eligible for the programme. The move is part of the university's aim to be more inclusive of students from underserved backgrounds.


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