Astrophoria Foundation Year programme from Oxford University

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Young people from a Service background could reach their academic potential with Oxford University’s Astrophoria Foundation Year programme.

Oxford University is committed to improving opportunities for talented students from all backgrounds to be able to access its exceptional education. The new Foundation Year programme is aimed at increasing access to Oxford for students from under-represented backgrounds.

Oxford’s Astrophoria programme is a one-year foundation course for UK state school students with significant academic potential, who have experienced severe personal disadvantage and/or disrupted education.

Opportunities for young people from Service families

The Astrophoria Foundation recognises Service children may have a disrupted educational experience, which could potentially be disadvantageous when it comes to academic goals and applying to higher education. As such, Oxford University will consider the children of Armed Forces personnel for entry onto this programme.

The programme will enable motivated students to reach their academic potential through a supportive and challenging academic course aimed at developing their skills, self-belief and academic confidence.

The course is very accessible, it has lowered entrance requirements, compared to Oxford University’s traditional degree courses, accommodation is provided free of charge, students do not have to pay course fees and receive a non-repayable bursary to cover their living costs.

How to apply for the programme

All applicants for 2023 entry to our Astrophoria Foundation Year courses must apply via UCAS by Wednesday 25 January 2023 6pm UK time

Up to 50 places will be offered on the programme each year. The first students will be admitted for entry in September 2023.  

For more information please see the programme website.

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