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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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From the early days of television in Britain, programmes about science have been on offer to viewers. As television developed and audiences grew, the question of who should control the broadcasting of science on TV - scientists or broadcasters - became a recurring one. Each group had different interests in putting science on air, and they did not necessarily chime.

This short course will examine the presentation of science on British television, with a focus on the series Horizon and on wildlife programming. The course will cover the history of science television broadcasting, and reflect on the institutional dynamics underlying this history, to reflect on the changing role of television in shaping the public culture of Britain in the 20th century.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

29 Mar 2020

Course duration

1 Day

Apply by

15 Mar 2020

Course fee


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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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