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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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There are a few spaces left on the Certificate in Historic Building Conservation and applications have been re-opened until Monday 23rd September 2019.

The part-time Certificate in Historic Building Conservation offers an introduction to the philosophy and practice of historic building conservation, with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the traditional crafts involved.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is made up of approximately 90 hours of class contact time over the year. Teaching is carried out in two-hour evening lectures, short teaching blocks, day schools and site visits.

Students are expected to take an active part in the course and show evidence of learning through the submission of assignments ranging from 3,000 – 5,000 words each, including project-based reports and essays.

In addition, students are strongly encouraged to:

  • maintain a field notebook
  • give presentations in class
  • develop a portfolio of sketches and drawings

It is essential that students have an email account and regular access to an internet-connected computer. The course is supported by a web-based virtual learning environment and course communications will be sent via email. Students are expected to submit their assignments online and feedback on assignments is delivered online.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course.

The computing facilities available at a public library or internet café may be sufficient and unlimited free computing and internet access will be available to you within the University Library throughout your course.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is rated at 60 points at FHEQ 4 (first year undergraduate level) in the national Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS), which is equivalent to half of the first year of an undergraduate degree. 


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

07 Oct 2019 to 23 May 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

23 Sep 2019

Course fee


Course director

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


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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 11

Course code