Lady Margaret Hall Oxford University Foundation Year Access Programme

3 February 2017

In addition to our own events, Speakers for Schools helps sign-post other free enrichment opportunities for state schools and their students. As Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford has recently opened applications for Year 2 of their Foundation Year, we wanted to share this with state schools to ensure those who wish to apply for this free course can. This is a really fantastic opportunity which will allow students who would usually not have considered applying to Oxford University to do so.


‘The Foundation Year enables young people from under-represented groups to access the transformative opportunity of an Oxford education’

Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and former editor-in-chief of The Guardian


With the Pilot Year of Foundation Year students settling into college life, Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford is now accepting applications for Year Two of their pioneering access programme.


Currently there are under-represented groups of students in Higher Education, typically those whose background generates obstacles to their school achievements. As entry to top universities is largely determined by school attainment, academically able students amongst this population miss out on places. The LMH Foundation Year aims to change this.


The LMH Foundation Year takes students from under-represented backgrounds who do not have the grades normally required to apply to Oxford University, and provides them with free tuition and accommodation within the college for a year. It aims to enable them to fulfil their academic potential and go on to thrive as an undergraduate at Oxford or another university.


Overall, the Foundation Year programme:

  • Takes academically able students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and enables them to fulfil their potential
  • Gives students the teaching and support they need to progress to a full degree either at Oxford or another university.
  • Provides free teaching and accommodation for the duration of the Foundation Year, along with a stipend to cover living expenses
  • Has lowered entrance requirements (e.g. Typically BBB for a course that requires AAA for direct undergraduate applicants at Oxford)


This scheme runs separately to UCAS applications, so students do not need to worry about placing any offers they may already hold in jeopardy.


More information on the Foundation Year, including the course content and the application guidebook can be found at:


If you wish to discuss the Foundation Year in more depth, please email or call 01865 274593. The deadline for applications is the 20th February.

Want to know more about other opportunities available to our State Schools and Colleges? Find out here.