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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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If you are aged 18 or over, leaving school, college or university and beginning to look for employment or taking up your first permanent job, you will be facing a number of challenges to set yourself on track for a worthwhile and fulfilling career. This also applies if you are looking to advance your career or start up your own business.

Roles have changed. Expectations are higher than ever. Demands from empowered consumers mean that long-standing businesses and brands cannot take continued success for granted. All of this impacts on the career prospects and employment experiences of young professionals and entrepreneurs entering today’s job market and business arena.

You may aspire to be an architect or an App developer, a lawyer or a human rights activist, a customer services manager or a vlogger. You have possibly studied a specialist course or a relevant degree to get you started. But whatever your career goals or interests, you also need to understand and apply some of the more traditional skills of business to succeed in the 2020s and beyond.

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.

Watch the recording of our recent Undergraduate Info Session here.


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.


During the course you will assessed by a series of assignments including individual essays, presentations, podcast recording and reflection & analysis report s(further details of which are given in the course guide). Students are asked to produce individual blogs linked to the weekly online learning programme.

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

08 Oct 2021 to 10 Jun 2022

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

17 Sep 2021

Course fee


Academic director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course code