Part-time undergraduate qualifications 2014–15: now open for applications
Applications are now open for ICE’s one and two-year Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas starting in October 2014.
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 2014–15
This year we’re offering a number of new qualifications: Undergraduate Certificates in Local History, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences; a Diploma in Evolutionary Biology; and an Advanced Diploma in International Development. We have also revised our Undergraduate Diplomas in History of Art.
Most of our Undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas are delivered as one-year programmes starting in October. In many subject areas there are two Certificates or Diplomas so if you successfully complete both you can opt to be awarded a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education in that subject, as appropriate.
Some Certificates and Diplomas are offered as a series of weekly classes; for others the teaching has been consolidated into weekends or day schools, so you can study these courses more easily even if you live farther way from Cambridge.
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.
Pursue your own research project part-time over two years
We're continung to accept two intakes for our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas: one in November and one in February. These courses give you the opportunity to study your chosen subject 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 are accessible to students from all over the UK and beyond, 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 course was fantastically interesting, challenging and a real pleasure. The tutors were engaging, fun and genuinely great people. What a pleasure and a privilege the whole course was!” (CB, Certificate in Astronomy 2012–13)
“The provision of materials and resources was first class, together with the regular communication throughout the course that I was studying for. The online learning environment was excellent and provided a valuable and useful learning interface.” (SM, Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment 2012–13)
“Studying with ICE has been a great experience. The support offered is tremendous and it is marvellous to have access to the University Library and be taught in small classes by experts in their field. Madingley Hall is a beautiful place and a lovely environment in which to learn.” (KT, Diploma in History of Art 2012–13)
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.