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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


This course is not open for online applications. If you would like to enquire about this course please do so using the 'Ask a question' button.

This full-time flexible course mirrors the intensity of a medical degree while allowing you to fit your studies around everyday life. You’ll also be supported in your applications to undergraduate medical degrees and have plenty of opportunities to learn from a variety of NHS clinicians.

Key features

During this full-time online and in-person course, you will:

●        Access a flexible way to prepare for a medical degree

●        Explore future options for a career in medicine

●        Gain a recognised entry qualification for medical schools at the University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia (Norwich) and Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford)

The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Pre-Medical Studies has been developed in collaboration with the medical schools at the University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia (Norwich) and Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford) and aims to expand access to undergraduate medicine degrees to mature students in the East of England. 

Successful completion of the CertHE does not guarantee entry to medical school but it is a recognised entry qualification at the University of Cambridge, UEA and ARU. It is not currently recognised by other UK medical schools. 

Up to 12 tuition fee bursaries of £3000 will be available to eligible applicants wishing to try and progress to medical school. Find out more via the 'fees and funding' tab below. 


Teaching & Assessment

As part of our open and inclusive learning environment, you can enjoy the world-class resources, expertise and facilities of Cambridge University wherever you are on your academic journey.

Our video-based teaching platforms offer a flexible way to access lectures, while our Virtual Learning Environment makes it easy to study and learn online and interact with your tutor and fellow students.

This course will be delivered through a mixture of online and in-person activities such as live workshop sessions (online and in-person), pre-recorded lectures, recommended readings, and a variety of tasks and assignments such as essays, presentations exams and worksheets designed to consolidate learning. You will also develop essential practical skills through a practical laboratory programme.

During the course, you will be asked to submit assignments to demonstrate your learning. Formal assessment will be made up of 75% written examinations and 25% coursework. There are more details about how this course is assessed in the course guide we will send you once you have enrolled.



Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies. This offers 120 CATs credits, which are recognised by higher education institutions and employers.


Academic team

Academic Lead: Emma English

Academic Director: Dr Detina Zalli

Tutors: To be confirmed


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

02 Sep 2024 to 31 Jul 2025

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

07 Jun 2024

Course fee


Academic director

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


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

120 credits at Level 4

Course code