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Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

At ICE we offer a range of part-time courses leading to University of Cambridge awards at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our awards are linked to the framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and some of our courses also lead to professional qualifications. Please note that the University does not offer a part-time undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Diplomas

Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Postgraduate Certificates

Professional qualifications

Funding: bursaries and student loans

What our students say


Please note: it is essential that students on these courses have regular access to an internet-connected computer and have an email account. Course communications will be sent via email and courses are supported by a web-based virtual learning environment. The computing facilities available at a public library or internet café may be sufficient, and unlimited free computing and internet access will be available to you within the Cambridge University Library throughout your course.


Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate courses are taught part-time over one year (unless otherwise indicated), at first-year undergraduate level. Most are open to anyone with an interest in the subject, and you don't need any special qualifications to apply. Two Certificates in the same subject (where available) can be combined into an Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education, equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Some Certificate courses are taught through weekly evening classes. Others, such as Coaching, Historic Environment and International Development, are taught through a small number of intensive teaching blocks supported by online learning, making them accessible to students from all over the UK and beyond.

Undergraduate Certificate courses beginning in October 2014

The following Certificate courses will run in 2014/15 and are currently open for applications.

The following additional subjects are likely to be offered in 2015:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Evolutionary Biology
  • Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation*

* Taught part-time over two years

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course and apply online, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2014, with the exception of the Undergraduate Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment which closes on 31 July 2014.

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Undergraduate Diplomas

Diplomas are taught part-time over one year, at second-year undergraduate level, and allow you to study your chosen subject in greater depth. Two Diplomas in the same subject (where available) can be combined into an Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education, equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Some Diploma courses are taught through weekly evening classes. Others, such as Coaching, are taught through a small number of intensive teaching blocks supported by online learning, making them accessible to students from all over the UK and beyond.

Undergraduate Diploma courses beginning in October 2014

The following Diploma courses will run in 2014/15 and are currently open for applications.

The following additional subjects are likely to be offered in 2015:

  • Undergraduate Diploma in Historic Environment
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Local History

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course and apply online, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2014.

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Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Advanced Diplomas are taught part-time over two years, at third-year undergraduate level. They allow you to pursue your own research project under the guidance of a Cambridge supervisor, and provide an excellent grounding in research methods for those wishing to continue with their research at a higher level.

Advanced Diplomas require a maximum of seven visits to Cambridge over two years: an Induction Day followed by six individual supervisions (it may be possible to conduct a limited number of these remotely). Hence these courses are accessible to students from all over the world.

We typically accept two enrolments of students for Advanced Diplomas – the first intake in November and the second in February. We are currently accepting applications for the November 2014 intake of Advanced Diploma students.

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma courses beginning in November 2014

The following Advanced Diploma courses will run in 2014/15 and are currently open for applications.

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course and apply online, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2014.

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Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate Certificates are taught and assessed at Master’s level, and offer the opportunity to gain 60 credits (at FHEQ Level 7). The following courses will be running in 2014/15:

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Professional qualifications

The University of Cambridge delivers the following non-credit programmes which are recognised by professional bodies from their respective industries.

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Funding: bursaries and student loans

If you are new to higher education, new to ICE, or if you’re a state-funded teacher, you could be eligible for an ICE Bursary award.

You may also have access to part-time student loans if you’re studying for your first university qualification.

Plus you can pay your fees in instalments, to help spread the cost of study.

Find out more about funding for ICE courses

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What our students say

If you're thinking of applying for a Certificate or Diploma course but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

Read what our students say

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