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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Certificate in History will provide you with some of the key skills and concepts used by historians. The course contains units covering British, European and American history.

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.  


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, 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 6 October 2023
  • Unit 1 end date: Wednesday 3 January 2024
  • Unit 2 start date: Week commencing 1 January 2024
  • Unit 2 end date: Wednesday 20 March 2024
  • Unit 3 start date: Week commencing 1 April 2024
  • Unit 3 end date: Friday 14 June 2024

Provisional teaching dates and times

Unit 1 – all seminars 1:00 – 4:30pm

  • Saturday 7 October 2023
  • Saturday 14 October 2023
  • Saturday 21 October 2023
  • Saturday 28 October 2023
  • Saturday 4 November 2023
  • Saturday 11  November 2023
  • Saturday 18 November 2023
  • Saturday 25 November 2023

Unit 2 – all seminars 1:00 – 4:30PM

  • Saturday 6 January 2024
  • Saturday 13 January 2024
  • Saturday 20 January 2024
  • Saturday 27 January 2024
  • Saturday 3 February 2024
  • Saturday 10 February 2024
  • Saturday 17 February 2024
  • Saturday 24 February 2024

Unit 3 – all seminars 1:00 – 4:30PM

  • Saturday 6 April 2024
  • Sunday 7 April 2024
  • Saturday 13 April 2024
  • Saturday 20 April 2024
  • Saturday 27 April 2024
  • Saturday 4 May 2024
  • Saturday 11 May 2024
  • Saturday 18 May 2024



During the course you will assessed by a series of assignments, totalling 3000-4000 words per unit. Further details will be provided in the course guide.

In addition to attending the scheduled teaching sessions 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

06 Oct 2023 to 14 Jun 2024

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

04 Sep 2023

Course fee


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