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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) is a University of Cambridge award offered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). It has been designed collaboratively with the Department of Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the College of Paramedics (CoP) and the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

Course delivery: We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2021-22. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time. If required, to ensure the health and safety of students, we may look to utilise alternative teaching formats and will contact students if we expect changes to the course delivery.



Professional requirements

Applicants must be either a paramedic with current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration or a nurse practitioner with current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration. Eligible candidates will be expected to have significant experience and ongoing exposure in pre-hospital care practice.

Expected academic standard

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and intellectually demanding and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold:

  • At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
  • Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course

Due to the professional nature of the programme there is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion.  Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.

Language requirement

All applicants are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the requirements below.

  • IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.0 (a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Writing and Speaking; 6.5 in Reading)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 100 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element), plus a Language Centre assessment
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

05 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

05 Dec 2020

Course fee

Home: £5,250
Overseas: £9,450

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Course code