Part-time undergraduate qualifications 2013-14: now open for applications
Applications are now open for ICE’s one and two-year Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas starting in October 2013.
These part-time University of Cambridge qualifications are taught at undergraduate level and are designed especially for adult and part-time learners who want to advance their personal and professional development. All our courses are led by Cambridge academics who are experts in both their subjects and in teaching students of all ages and experiences.
New courses for 2013-14
Subjects on offer in 2013 include Archaeology, Astronomy, Coaching, Creative Writing, Educational Assessment, English Literature, Evolutionary Biology, Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens), History of Art, International Development, Local History, Philosophy and Religion.
This year we’re offering a number of new qualifications: Undergraduate Certificates in Creative Writing, Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy; and an Advanced Diploma in Ecological Monitoring and Conservation. We have also expanded the Certificates in English Literature and History of Art, so there are now multiple Certificates in these subjects.
Certificate courses open to all
For most Certificate courses all you need is an interest in the subject; you don’t need any special qualifications to apply. What you will find is that you are surrounded by fellow students who, despite their diversity, share an enthusiasm to learn and to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
New teaching model for Historic Environment and International Development
Our Certificates in Historic Environment and in International Development are offered to a different timetable this year. Instead of weekly classes, the teaching has been consolidated into weekends and day schools, respectively, so that you can study these courses even if you live farther away from Cambridge.
Study your own research project part-time over two years
As successfully trialled in 2012, our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas continue in the new two-year structured format, with two intakes of students per academic year: one in November and one in February. The Advanced Diplomas offer the opportunity to study particular subjects in greater depth and include a significant element of research on your own project, for which individual guidance and supervision are given. Because they are research-based, Advanced Diplomas can easily be studied from a distance, and they provide an excellent basis for postgraduate study and research.
Get support when and where you want it
All of these courses are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course. You will be able to download course materials, contact your tutors and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.
You will also be provided with a University of Cambridge student card for the period of your study, giving access to University facilities, such as the University Library, other services and concessions. Plus you'll retain access to the learning resources for your course on ICE Online, and to the student common room, for two academic years after you have completed your course.
Bursaries and loans to help you with your fees
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.
You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments to help spread the cost, and you may be eligible for a part-time student loan.
Madingley Hall: your place in Cambridge
Most of our Certificate and Diploma teaching now takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house three miles to the west of Cambridge with state-of-the-art tuition and study facilities. The Hall is easily accessible by road with ample free parking, and is situated in seven acres of landscaped gardens.
What our students say
"The lessons are always interesting and exciting: the lecturers are so enthusiastic that the lessons seem to be over too quickly. The quality of teaching is really good. I feel that I am being encouraged to think for myself."
"When I look at what education and Cambridge means to me, it’s about personal development, not prestige. The course has made me more aware of my own thinking, patterns of behaviour, and listening."
“I would encourage anyone to get into Madingley. It does not judge you on what you have or haven't got as qualifications. It listens to the concerns of those like myself who lack initial confidence and it has opened up for me the world of English Literature.”
"Studying at ICE was an enjoyable, exhilarating, yet challenging experience."
"This experience has been one of the highlights of my last five years living in Europe and I will never forget it."
Read more of what our students have to say about their experience of studying with us.
Find out more
If you have any queries about undergraduate qualifications at ICE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.