Cambridge with first ever pre-degree courses

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52 students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been offered the fully funded program

Cambridge has announced that they will accept applications for Foundation Year courses. For the first time in its history one of the oldest and best universities in the world provides a pre-degree courses to talented young people who has limited support for studying at top schools. This would enhance the opportunities of entering one of the most difficult to access university in the world.

Cambridge said the programme is part of its bid to increase diversity and encourage students who may not have been able to reach their academic potential due to their circumstances to study at the university.

This includes those who have been in the care system, those who have been estranged from their parents; are from low-income households or have attended schools which have traditionally not sent many students to top universities.

Cambridge University (King's College Chapel) Top View

52 students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been offered fully funded Foundation Yearfor the scheme, after undergoing a “rigorous” application process, including interviews and assessments, the university said.

Those who successfully complete the one-year residential course will be able to join degree programmes in arts, humanities or social sciences at Cambridge without having to apply again.

The university will also support those students who wish to progress to a degree courses at other universities.

Students are exempt of paying a tuition fee for the Foundation year. They will also receive a Scholarship to cover their rent and living expenses. However, students who willprogress into a degree course next year will need to pay in full the Tuition fees.

Click here to learn more about the cost to study. Some additional costs might need to be paid by the students themselves, including photocopying and printing, and reference books.

For the application, all candidates for this course must apply through UCAS by 25 January 2023. The course is open to ordinarily residents in the UK and applicants must meet eligibility criteria. Cambridge has strongly encouraged students who are interested in the Foundation Year to sign up to the Foundation Year mailing list to receive additional information.

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