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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

The diaries of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) and John Evelyn (1620-1706) provide a unique window onto the social life and turbulent history of 17th-century England. We will spend some time in their company, encountering kings and princes, artists and scientists, prostitutes and mistresses, coffee houses and theatres, wars and revolutions; as well as the peace of the study and the pleasures of the garden.

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Requirements

Who can book?

Our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. Courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. Unless otherwise stated, you don’t need any previous knowledge or experience of the subject. Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18. However we are also running a Virtual Pre-University Programme for 16-18 years olds in July. 

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 Summer Festival of Learning. 

Technical requirements:

All of our courses will be delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will receive access to the VLE a week before your course starts (see the Course schedule and delivery tab). Here you can study and learn online, access resources and activities, and interact with your Course Director and fellow students via the forums. 

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 course videos provided by the Course Director 
  • a webcam and microphone for any interactive Zoom sessions which may be available  

 When you first log into the VLE we recommend that you view the Online course tour. This will help you to familiarise yourself with the learning environment.  

Full instructions and support on how to use the VLE 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 videos. 

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements as soon as possible so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during the Festival. Please note that all of our courses are subtitled.

Course dates

28 Jun 2021 to 02 Jul 2021

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

27 Jun 2021

Course fee

£149

Course director

Venue

Virtual Festival of Learning
Online

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

Course code

2021SFL107