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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

 

 

 

Q. How many bursaries are available as part of this bursary scheme?

1,000 bursaries of £1,000 are available as part of the Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary scheme to part-fund an undergraduate course at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Q. What is the Institute of Continuing Education?

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is part of the University of Cambridge and provides part-time and short courses for adults of any age. Our courses are led by expert academics, and while some are suited to those with a certain level of professional or academic experience, our undergraduate courses require no previous qualifications at all.

Q. What courses can be part-funded using the bursary?

The £1,000 bursary applies to all part-time, remotely delivered (online), 60 CATS credit, undergraduate courses provided by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education commencing in October during Michaelmas Term of the 2021-22 academic year.

A complete list of eligible courses can be seen here.

Q. How much will courses cost after the deduction of the bursary?

With the bursary award deducted, undergraduate courses range in price from £1,250 to £2,950, depending on the subject matter and qualification type.

Q. Am I eligible for this bursary?

The bursary is open to anyone who falls into one of the following six categories:

  1. A permanent UK resident who has been furloughed under the official HM Government job retention scheme
  2. A permanent UK resident accessing the U.K. Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  3. A permanent UK resident who has been made redundant on or after 1 April 2020
  4. A permanent UK resident aged 70 or over by 1 April 2021
  5. A permanent UK resident who is defined as most at risk by the NHS (“shielded”), as defined by receipt of NHS letter
  6. A key worker, as defined by the Government’s list

Other requirements for bursary eligibility (for all categories 1 - 6) are as follows:

  • Students must be aged 18 or over by 1 September 2021.
  • Students must be a UK Citizen, holder of UK Permanent Resident Status, holder of UK Refugee Status or a citizen of a country within the EEA and who has ordinarily been resident in the UK for the previous three years prior to 1 September 2021. Proof of nationality or residency will be required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the University of Cambridge’s language requirements for undergraduate courses. Applicants should preferably have written proof of their English Language level at the time of application. If written proof cannot be provided within 14-days of application the bursary offer may be withdrawn. English language requirements for undergraduate courses can be found on our website.

Q. How do I prove I am eligible?

Written proof of eligibility must be provided at the application stage, see below for evidence required for each category. 

Proof of Eligibility

 

Category

Evidence Required

1

A permanent UK resident who has been furloughed under the official HM Government job retention scheme

Documentation from employer confirming furlough status (on letterhead or company email)

2

A permanent UK resident accessing the U.K. Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

 

Documentation from HMRC confirming SEISS claim acceptance

3 A permanent UK resident who has been made redundant on or after 1 April 2020 Documentation from employer confirming redundancy (on letterhead or company email)

4

A permanent UK resident aged 70 or over by 1 April 2021

 

Driving license, passport or birth certificate

5

A permanent UK resident who is a defined as most at risk by the NHS (“shielded”)

A copy of the letter received by the NHS

6

A key worker, as defined by the Government’s list

 

Documentation from employer confirming employment and keyworker status (on letterhead or company email)

Other document requirements for bursary eligibility (for all categories 1 - 6) may be requested as follows:

  • Evidence the applicant is aged 18 or over on 1 September 2021
  • Evidence the applicant is a UK Citizen, holder of UK Permanent Resident Status, holder of UK Refugee Status or a citizen of a country within the EEA and who has ordinarily been resident in the UK for the previous three years prior to 1 September 2021
  • Evidence that applicants, whose first language is not English, must be able to satisfy the University of Cambridge’s language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Q. How can I determine whether I am a key worker?

The Institute of Continuing Education has followed government guidelines to define key workers eligible for the bursary.

Q. Will I gain a University of Cambridge qualification?

Yes. ICE undergraduate certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas are recognised University of Cambridge qualifications.

Q. Do I earn Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points from the University of Cambridge?

ICE courses carry a specified number of credit points and these are nationally recognised within the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

  • Undergraduate certificates carry 60 CATS points at FHEQ level 4, the equivalent of first-year undergraduate degree level.
  • Undergraduate diplomas carry 60 CATS points at FHEQ level 5, the equivalent of second-year undergraduate degree level.
  • Undergraduate advanced diplomas carry 60 CATS points at FHEQ level 6, the equivalent of third-year undergraduate degree level.

Q. Are the courses full-time?

No, all undergraduate courses are part-time. You can find more information about the specific course that you are interested in by viewing the relevant course on our website.

Q. How can I apply?

You are asked to complete the full course application process to be considered for the bursary. The process is as follows:

1. You are asked to complete an online application for your chosen undergraduate course(s).

Within the course application form there is a section for you to apply for the bursary. You are asked to state which eligibility criteria you are categorised within and upload proof of your eligibility.

Please note, course applications must be completed in full for you to be considered for the bursary scheme.

2. The Institute of Continuing Education will assess and respond to applications as quickly as possible to inform you whether your application for the course and the £1,000 bursary have been accepted.

3. If any additional evidence relating to the course is required, for example evidence of English language level, you will be requested to provide this. If this is the case, the bursary allocation will be held to allow you to provide evidence and until a decision is made on the course application.

4. If no additional evidence is required, your bursary will be applied after the first instalment (or full) payment is made, or proof of funding from Student Finance England is received. The bursary will be automatically taken off the final course instalments.

Q. How do you decide who bursaries are allocated?

Bursaries are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once all the available bursaries have been allocated, any pending applicants will be informed to let them know the bursary fund has been exhausted. Consequently, early applications are encouraged but the University will also maintain a waiting list.

Q. When will I find out if I have been awarded a bursary?

The Institute of Continuing Education will assess bursary eligibility and inform you whether your application has been a success, or not, as quickly as possible.

Q. I have already registered for an Undergraduate course for 2021-22 which has not yet started. Can I still apply for this bursary?

Yes, the bursary is open to students who have already applied for an undergraduate course in the 2021-22 academic year. Please contact ctfb@ice.cam.ac.uk for further guidance.

Q. Am I able to apply for the bursary once my course has started?

Unfortunately, we cannot retrospectively review bursary applications after a course has started. If there is a hardship implication, then you could apply to the hardship fund and your relevant Academic Centre Coordinator should be able to advise you of the process concerning this.

Q. Is having a prior qualification an eligibility criteria for the bursary?

ICE is offering adults hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic the chance to rebuild their futures. Our role within the University of Cambridge is to widen access to higher education for motivated adult students. As a result, none of our undergraduate courses require prior qualifications. Irrespective of whether you're taking your first steps in higher education or you already have a degree, this bursary provides those groups eligible an opportunity to enhance their employability or renew their knowledge and skills.

Q. Will studying on undergraduate courses be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic?

For the academic year 2021-22, we will be delivering our Undergraduate Certificates, Undergraduate Diplomas and our Undergraduate Advanced Diploma by remote delivery for the entire year. This means we can continue to deliver high-quality courses and ensure our qualifications remain accessible to our global community of learners.

More information can be found on our website.

Q. What is remote delivery?

Remote delivery means that there will be no requirement for you to be on site at Madingley Hall or other parts of the University of Cambridge in order to study undergraduate certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas during the 2021-22 academic year.

The full course will be delivered through a variety of online modes. Whilst this will mean that you will require a computer and good internet connection to study, the intention is that your learning experience will be far less likely to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our courses will contain a mix of live (synchronous) teaching sessions delivered through an online platform like Zoom (these sessions will be recorded, but where possible we hope you will attend in real-time) and pre-recorded materials and activities (asynchronous) that will be accessed through our Virtual Learning Environment (a Moodle VLE).

More information can be found on our website.

Q. What are the Terms and Conditions of the bursary?

Please view the T&Cs here.