New Courses

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:20

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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.

Find out more about these and other sources of financial support

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 ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.

   

Friday, 21 March 2014 15:05

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New bursaries available for selected MSts in 2014

We are pleased to announce that a number of new bursaries are now available to students applying for the following Master of Studies (MSt) courses in 2014:

For each course, the Institute of Continuing Education is offering eight James Stuart Bursaries of £1,250 per annum to applicants who most closely match the criteria.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic potential and/or who are not receiving support for funding from other sources.

How to apply

The deadline for bursary applications is midday on 22 April 2014. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by 25 April 2014, and the closing date for course applications has now been moved to 1 May 2014.

We recommend that, if you do wish to apply for a bursary, you should have started your course application by 22 April.

To apply for a bursary, select the appropriate link below and complete the online form. You will be required to submit a personal statement as part of your application.

If you have any questions about the bursaries or the application process, please contact ice.admissions@ice.cam.ac.uk.

 

   

Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:16

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Tell us your views: new Certificate course on Anglo-Saxon period

Here at the Institute of Continuing Education we are developing a new one-year, part-time University of Cambridge Certificate course focusing on the Anglo-Saxon period.

We would very much welcome your views on the proposed course, and invite you to complete a short survey to help inform the design process.

Complete the survey »

About the proposed course

The Certificate course would be open access, i.e. no special qualifications would be needed to apply beyond an interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the course.

It would be taught at first-year undergraduate level and would give 60 credits at FHEQ level 4 on successful completion of the course. (For reference, one year of a full-time undergraduate degree is typically equivalent to 120 credits.)

The course fee is likely to be in the region of £1,800 – £2,000. Eligible students would be able to apply for Part-Time Student Loans, and we also have some bursaries available offering a fee reduction of between £200 and £500.

About the survey

The survey consists of nine questions and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey »

Many thanks in advance for your help.

   

Monday, 16 December 2013 15:21

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Short courses at Madingley Hall: full programme for 2014 announced

Our new short courses for the period January to December 2014 are now available for booking. These include weekend residential courses, and weekly courses (the Madingley Weekly Programme) which are non-residential and take place over five weekly sessions.

To find out what's on offer, you can either:

How to book your place on a short course

You can book your place in one of three ways:

Book online – simply find the course you wish to study and follow the link to 'Book online now'.

Book by postdownload an application form (PDF, 159 KB) or use the detachable form in the printed brochure.

Book by phone – call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1223 746262.

New brochure combines weekend and weekly courses

Once again, we are including weekend and weekly courses in the same printed brochure. Whether you are a weekend student or a weekly student (or both!), we hope you will find it useful to have everything in one place.

About our short courses

Our short courses are taught in small, informal groups by academics who are expert not only in their subjects but also in teaching students of all ages and experience.

Nearly all take 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.

Weekend courses run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at the Hall in comfortable, en-suite accommodation for the duration of your course, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekly courses typically last for 5 weeks, with one 2-hour session every week. All are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

What our students say

"I am always astonished how delightfully courteous all the staff are! Everyone goes out of their way to make one feel at home." (2013 weekend student)

"Made a subject that I thought above me very accessible. A good balance for the differing knowledge of the group." (2013 weekend student)

"A friendly atmosphere amongst course participants and interesting opportunities to speak to people doing other courses. As ever, I very much liked my Saturday walk in your gardens." (2013 weekend student)

"Vibrant, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable with illustrations from wide variety of sources." (2013 weekly student)

"Excellent, interactive teaching style, tutor willing to listen to comments constructively ... I have gained interest and information and a feeling of being back in the academic world. I go home feeling very upbeat." (2013 weekly student)

Browse the courses online and book your place >>

   

Friday, 16 August 2013 07:25

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Tell us your views: professional accreditation for Coaching courses

We are currently exploring the possibility of seeking professional-body accreditation for some of our existing, undergraduate award-bearing courses in Coaching and would welcome your views.

Specifically, we would like to find out how much value students and potential students would place on these courses having accreditation from a professional body.

The survey contains six questions and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey »

About our Coaching courses

We currently offer two award-bearing Coaching courses: the Undergraduate Certificate in Coaching and the Undergraduate Diploma in Coaching.

Both are 'blended' courses, and are taught through a combination of online learning and intensive face-to-face teaching blocks at ICE's headquarters, Madingley Hall.

The Certificate is taught at first-year undergraduate level, and offers 60 credits at FHEQ Level 4. It is open to all, and introduces students to key coaching processes and techniques, together with the theories that underpin them.

The Diploma is taught at second-year undergraduate level, and offers 60 credits at FHEQ Level 5. It builds on the Certificate, providing a clear progression route for students wishing to develop their skills.

Both courses focus on generic coaching approaches, and students typically come from a variety of backgrounds including life coaching and executive coaching.

Find out more about our Coaching courses

   

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:43

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Sign up now for the 2013-14 IPF Investment Education Programme

Would you like to gain an industry-recognised qualification in investment, finance and property? Then apply today for the 2013/14 Investment Education Programme, offered by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in partnership with the Investment Property Forum (IPF).

This well-established programme comprises a series of professional development courses delivered by leading names in property investment and academia. The courses provide applied and relevant up-to-date information that is grounded in current thinking and research.

The programme consists of an introductory online course followed by a series of three-day, face-to-face courses, each covering a different aspect of property investment. You can choose to study individual courses on a standalone basis, or combine them to receive an IPF Diploma or Certificate award.

IPF Diploma in Property Investment

When taken together, the seven specialist courses lead to an externally-accredited diploma in property investment from the Investment Property Forum (IPF), recognised as the IPF Diploma in Investment Education. Each three-day, face-to-face course is delivered in central London and supported by ICE's Virtual Learning Environment.

Those who successfully achieve the IPF Diploma can use the designation DipIPF.

IPF Certificate in Property Investment

Alternatively, you can complete the first three courses (Introduction to property investment (online), Investment valuation and portfolio theory and Financial instruments and investment markets) which, when completed successfully, lead to the IPF Certificate in Investment Education.

This is listed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Key 2 Appropriate Examination under the Managing Investments activity. Holders of the IPF Certificate will need to complete a Key 3 qualification, namely a UK regulatory examination, to meet the full examination requirements for this activity. For more information on the appropriate examinations, please see the FCA Handbook.

About the Investment Property Forum

Set up in 1988, the Investment Property Forum (IPF) is recognised as one of the leading specialist property industry bodies in the UK. It comprises an influential network of senior professionals all active in the property investment market.

The strength of the organisation lies in the diversity of its membership of over 1,800, including investment agents, fund managers, bankers, lawyers, researchers, academics, actuaries and other related professionals. It operates in London, Scotland, the Midlands and the North of England.

What our students say…

"Very high quality speakers throughout. Useful learning tools acquired."

“Exceeded my expectations! Far greater ‘workshop’ feel which gave me greater appreciation for investment strategies.”

"Very good quality pre-course reading materials.”

“Absolutely brilliant! Very informative, brilliant presenters. Really learnt bucket loads… hopefully to be reflected elsewhere!”

“Really exceptional.”

“The course is very useful in its current context, and I would recommend it to any of my colleagues.”

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Thursday, 04 July 2013 12:55

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Short courses at Madingley Hall: 2014 weekend and weekly courses announced

Our new short courses for the period January to July 2014 are now available for booking. These include weekend residential courses, and weekly courses (the Madingley Weekly Programme) which are non-residential and take place over five weekly sessions.

To find out what's on offer, you can either:

How to book your place on a short course

You can book your place in one of three ways:

Book online* – simply find the course you wish to study and follow the link to 'Book online now'.

Book by postdownload an application form (PDF, 159 KB) or use the detachable form in the printed brochure.

Book by phone – call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1223 746262.

* Please note that we have recently upgraded our course booking system. If you have previously used our online booking system, you will need to create a new account. Full instructions will be provided on the course booking page.

New brochure combines weekend and weekly courses

This year, for the first time, we are including weekend and weekly courses in the same printed brochure. Whether you are a weekend student or a weekly student (or both!), we hope you will find it useful to have everything in one place.

£100 weekend bursaries for new ICE students

We are continuing to offer bursaries for weekend students in 2013/14. If you are studying with the Institute for the first time, you could be eligible for a James Stuart Bursary award of £100. Or if you are a UK-state-funded teacher, you can apply for a Cambridge University Press bursary.

To apply for a bursary, find the weekend course you wish to study and follow the on-screen instructions. Early application is recommended as funds are limited.

About our short courses

Our short courses are taught in small, informal groups by academics who are expert not only in their subjects but also in teaching students of all ages and experience.

Nearly all take 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.

Weekend courses run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at the Hall in comfortable, en-suite accommodation for the duration of your course, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekly courses typically last for 5 weeks, with one 2-hour session every week. All are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

What our students say

“The whole weekend was superb and has introduced me to a whole new world!” (2012 weekend student)

“A very stimulating weekend with interesting people in excellent surroundings.” (2012 weekend student)

“The catering staff was so courteous and helpfully wonderful. They went out of their way to make things even better. Wished hotels were like this. Wonderful staff.” (2013 weekend student)

"Enthusiasm for learning, generated by excellent lecturers." (2012 weekly student)

"Great to have presentations on the website for reference after the course has ended. Really excellent, well-designed course." (2012 weekly student)

"Encouraging, interesting, engaging, useful, motivating." (2012 weekly student)

Browse the courses online and book your place >>

   

Monday, 20 May 2013 15:09

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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.

Find out more about these and other sources of financial support

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 ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.

   

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:58

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Tell us your views: new Certificate course in social sciences

Here at the Institute of Continuing Education we are developing a new one-year, part-time University of Cambridge Certificate course to cover subjects in the social sciences.

We would very much welcome your views on the proposed course, and invite you to complete a short survey to help inform the design process.

Complete the survey »

About the course

The Certificate course would be open access, i.e. no special qualifications would be needed to apply beyond an interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the course.

It would be taught at first-year undergraduate level and would give 60 credits at FHEQ level 4 on successful completion of the course. (For reference, one year of a full-time undergraduate degree is typically equivalent to 120 credits.)

The course is likely to cost between £1,500 and £2,000. Eligible students would be able to apply for Part-Time Student Loans, and we also have some bursaries available offering a fee reduction of between £200 and £500.

Teaching would take place at the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ, which is approximately 3 miles west of Cambridge.

About the survey

The survey consists of nine questions and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey »

Many thanks in advance for your help.

   

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:54

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Sign up now for an online introduction to property investment

Today’s dynamic and global economy demands strategic and carefully thought-out investments. Property remains a key component of any investment and corporate strategy, and managing and growing a property portfolio requires specialised knowledge and understanding. In partnership with the Investment Property Forum, one of the UK’s leading associations of property investors and managers, the Institute offers the Investment Education Programme.

Introduction to Property Investment is a 7-week course, beginning on 18 March 2013, and taught fully online. It introduces the vocabulary, concepts and methods typically encountered in the further study of property investment.

The course can be studied as part of the Investment Education Programme, or as a stand-alone module. The e-learning format enables participants to manage their study time efficiently and with flexibility, at distance.

Learning aims and objectives

  • Identify fundamental characteristics of real property as an investment asset; investment in the UK economy; accounting; regulation and property finance.
  • Use the vocabulary of real estate investment accurately and appropriately.
  • Identify factors that influence the value and investment worth of property.Identify valuation and appraisal methodologies as applied to investment and investment through development.

IPF Certificate in Investment Education

Successful completion of this course, along with the first two classroom-based modules of the Investment Education Programme ('Investment valuation and portfolio theory' and 'Financial instruments and investment markets'), lead to the IPF Certificate in Investment Education.

This qualification is listed by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a Key 2 Appropriate Examination under the Managing Investments activity.

Further information

Find out more about the course

Find out more about the Investment Education Programme

Download an application form (PDF file, 92 KB)

Register your interest by emailing CPD@ice.cam.ac.uk

   

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