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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This one-year part-time course will give you a foundation to a broad range of analytical methods as well as providing students with a rigorous depth of knowledge in specific areas of study, reflecting the diversity of ancient Mediterranean society and its frontiers.

One Thousand Futures Bursary

The One Thousand Futures Bursary scheme will support those adults who have been most affected by COVID-19 by providing a subsidy towards ICE undergraduate certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. There are 1,000 bursaries of £1,000 each available. Find out more.

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year this course is being taught remotely. This means there will be no face-to-face teaching and you will not need to be present in person in Cambridge. The course content will be delivered, and the learning outcomes met, through the use of video-based teaching platforms and a dedicated course Virtual Learning Environment. Read more here


Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


The content, activities and interaction for each of the three units will be taught remotely using video-based teaching platforms and an online course Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching methods will include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, interactive and experiential learning activities, reading and assignments to be completed by participants outside classroom sessions and online discussion forums.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. Your learning will be enhanced by:

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions; 
  • participating in class activities and discussion;
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE.


Unit 1 Start Date: Friday 15 January 2021

Unit 1 submission deadlines:

Close-Reading - Monday 15 February by 12:00 noon GMT*

Essay - Wednesday 31 March 2021 by 12:00 noon GMT*


Unit 2 start date: Friday 9 April 2021

Unit 2 submission deadlines:

Close-Reading - Monday 5 May by 12:00 noon BST**

Essay - Friday 4 June 2021 by 12:00 noon BST**


Unit 3 start date: Friday 18 June 2021

Unit 3 submission deadline:

Two assignments - Monday 16 August 2021 by 12:00 noon BST**

*Greenwich Mean Time

**British Summer Time



During the course you will be assessed by a series of assignments, totalling 3,000 – 4,000 words overall per unit. Further details will be provided in the course guide.

In addition to attending taught elements of the course and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.


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

15 Jan 2021 to 16 Aug 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

19 Dec 2020

Course fee

Home: £2,150
Overseas: £2,150

Course director

Academic director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course code