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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The 20th century saw a revolution in the way we study the cosmos. For most of human history, we have observed the Universe using the light that our eyes can see. But, 'optical' light is just a tiny part of the entire spectrum, and thanks to a series of technological advances over the last century, our knowledge of the Universe has expanded immensely. We can now observe the Universe using radio waves, infrared, microwaves, and more. Each new wavelength we unlocked provided an entirely new window to the Universe, revealing hidden wonders and pushing science forward. In this course, we will discover how modern astronomy became a multi-wavelength science, and what each part of the spectrum reveals about our Universe.



Who can book?

Our Virtual Winter Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18. Courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level.

English Language requirements:

To ensure that all participants are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at University level.

If English is not your native language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 2 years before the date of booking):

  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Academic for UKVI: Overall band score of 6.5 or above (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four individual components)
  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency): Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • CAE (Cambridge English Advanced): Grade A or B or 193 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale

Alternatively, you may have undertaken all, or part, of your education in English and/or may have extensive experience using English on a regular basis in your professional life. On this basis, you could reasonably expect to fully participate in our Virtual Winter Festival of Learning.

Technical requirements:

All of our courses will be delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here you can study and learn online, access resources and activities, and interact with your Course Director and fellow students.

You will need to have access to:

- the internet via a computer, laptop, tablet or other smart device

- speakers or headphones in order to hear pre-recorded material provided by the Course Director

- a webcam and microphone for any interactive sessions which may be available

Once you are logged into the VLE you can watch our Online Course Tour. This will help you to familiarise yourself with the learning environment. There is also guidance about how to access course materials and activities. 

Full instructions and support on how to use the software is available on request.

Test Video

By playing the video below you can test your home set up to ensure you are able to access our pre-recorded course sessions.

Additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those with additional needs. Please let us know when booking a course/open talks series if you require additional support and we will contact you for further information.

Course dates

25 Jan 2021 to 29 Jan 2021

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

24 Jan 2021

Course fee


Course director

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


Virtual Festival of Learning

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