Astrophoria Foundation Year

Funding Programme for underrepresented students – University of Oxford

Ten Oxford University colleges will accept students onto the first year of the Astrophoria Foundation Yearwhich the University of Oxford is launching today 03/05/2022. St Annes’s college anticipates accepting up to 5 students for 2023 entry.

The Astrophoria Foundation Year is a innovative new access programme, open to UK state school pupils with significant academic potential, but who have experienced severe personal disadvantage or a disrupted education which has damaged their ability to apply directly for an Oxford undergraduate place.

The Astrophoria Foundation Year builds on the model of a pioneering pilot programme developed at Lady Margaret Hall since 2016. 

The programme provides up to 50 students with a fully funded, supportive and challenging one-year academic course, aimed at developing their academic skills, self-belief and confidence. The funding, which covers all tuition fees and participants’ accommodation and living expenses, is supported by a major gift from a longstanding University anonymous donor.

Foundation Year students who complete the programme to the required level will progress onto an undergraduate degree without any need to re-apply.