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Disadvantaged pupils to be offered foundation year by Cambridge University

The students who had their education disrupted due to reasons like health issues, economic circumstances or family estrangement can make use of the new Foundation Year Scheme launched by Cambridge university to enter into the dream course at the prestigious university after the successful one-year course.

The free foundation year in October 2022 initially will allow up to 50 students applying through UCAS by January 2022 with 120 tariff points which is equal to BBB to A- level and can join any one of the thirteen participating Cambridge colleges (Fitzwilliam, Girton, Downing, Lucy Cavendish, Gonville & Caius, Newnham, Sidney Sussex, Homerton, Murray Edwards, Queens’, St John’s, St Edmund’s and Wolfson) to study curriculum based in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Once the foundation is completed and received CertHE qualification from the University of Cambridge, they can continue to apply for further studies in any one of the eighteen degree courses (Classics, Education, English, Norse and Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Archaeology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, History, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics, History of Art, Land Economy, Law, Human, Philosophy, and Theology, Social and Political Sciences, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Religion and the Philosophy of Religion) at the university which otherwise would have been impossible without minimum A*AA.

Students applying for the foundation program should be coming from a low-income family of less than £25,000, was attending a poorly-performing school, extended absence due to health reasons, estranged or been a young carer. After the one-year program funded by the £5 million donation from philanthropists Peter Dawson and Christina Dawson, the student can also join alternative universities if they intend to continue elsewhere.

The university also revealed in a press release its plans to add more subjects including the STEM subjects and also added that at present the course will focus on learning skills through lectures, seminars and supervisions. The course will comprise four streams from which the students can select papers from and the streams are “Working with languages”, “Working with textual sources”, “Working with material sources” and “Working with data”. The press release also mentioned that all the successful applicants will be offered accommodation in the college and can enjoy the full ‘Cambridge experience’.

The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Graham Virgo said that the university is widening access and closing the attainment gap caused by inequality and added that “Cambridge is committed to further diversifying its student body and welcoming all those who have the ability to achieve here, regardless of background.”

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