My high school qualifications aren’t considered suitable for Cambridge, but I’m taking a foundation course to prepare me for a degree course. Can I apply to Cambridge?

We will consider candidates who are on foundation courses, although only a handful of students are admitted to the University each year via this route. There are many foundation courses and the format (and quality) varies considerably. It is not possible for us to monitor all of these courses. Consequently, we do not have a list of preferred programmes. In general terms, we are happier if the foundation course in question has competitive entry (i.e. more applicants than places available), with selection based on an academic assessment (e.g. an entrance examination). As a general rule, we prefer to base our decisions on internationally-recognised high school qualifications, as these are a more reliable guide of academic potential.