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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

An ideal progression from a Certificate in Creative Writing, this course explores the different forms of creative non-fiction through readings, discussion of example texts and analysis of narrative techniques. Join a lively learning group for plenty of discussion, reading, and writing.

Key features

During this part-time online diploma course, you will:

  • experiment with your own approach to non-fiction writing
  • read creative non-fiction texts as both a reader and a writer
  • develop academic skills in research, analysis, evaluation and problem-solving
  • prepare for further study at postgraduate level.

On completion of this course, you will be able to continue your studies by concluding a full bachelor’s degree with honours at The Open University. Find out more here.


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.

Our teaching methods include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, workshops, and interactive and experiential learning activities. We will also give you reading and assignments to complete outside of classroom sessions.

You will be required to submit an assignment at the end of each unit to demonstrate your learning. There are more details about how this course is assessed in the course guide we will send you once you have enrolled.


This course is equivalent to half of the second year of a full-time Undergraduate degree.  You will earn 60 CATS credits on successful completion. CATS credits are recognised by higher education institutions and employers.

The award of academic credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning and within the UK, one credit notionally represents 10 hours of learning*. This course attracts 60 credits, so students should expect to need to study for approximately 600 hours in total to complete all units successfully. However, it is recognised that students study at different paces and use a variety of approaches, so this is a recommendation, rather than a hard-and-fast calculation.

*SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education (2021) here

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

16 Oct 2024 to 13 Jun 2025

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

09 Sep 2024

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 5

Course code