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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Applications for this academic year have now closed and we are not accepting any late applications. We hope that you will consider applying to next year's cohort, which will start in October 2022. Please keep an eye on our website for applications to open around the new year. 

The Certificate in Cognitive Psychology will provide you with an introduction to the most active area of modern psychology: Cognitive Psychology. You will explore how the ‘science of the mind’ developed, and learn about the modern tools that it employs, from well controlled behavioural experiments, to the neuropsychological study of patients.

Our undergraduate courses are now being delivered entirely online, enabling students to study flexibly with the University of Cambridge from anywhere in the world.

We offer a range of tuition fee bursaries to promote access to and participation in continuing education. This includes Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary that supports adults who have been most affected by COVID-19.


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.

Course Timeline

Course (Unit 1) Start Date Friday 8 October 2021 
Unit 1 Synchronous day-schools
10:00 - 16:00 GMT

Monday 11 October 2021
Monday 8 November 2021
Monday 22 November 2021
Monday 6 December 2021

Unit 1 submission deadline Wednesday 5 January 2022 
Unit 2 start date Week commencing 3 January 2022 
Unit 2 Synchronous day-schools
10:00 - 16:00 GMT
Monday 10 January 2022
Monday 31 January 2022
Monday 14 February 2022
Monday 7 March 2022
Unit 2 submission deadline Wednesday 23 March 2022 
Unit 3 start date Week commencing 28 March 2022
Unit 3 Synchronous day-schools
10:00 - 16:00 BST
Monday 28 March 2022
Monday 11 April 2022
Monday 9 May 2022
Monday 30 May 2022
Unit 3 submission deadline Friday 10 June 2022 


During the course you will submit a series of assignments (1,300-3,000 words), further details of which are given in the course guide. 

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, virtual 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

08 Oct 2021 to 10 Jun 2022

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

06 Sep 2021

Course fee


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 Level 4

Course code