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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Studying at ICE is characterised by sociable groups of committed students in welcoming and respectful classrooms.

Our students

We welcome adults of all ages and backgrounds to ICE. Some of you may not have been in a classroom for many years whilst others may have various
qualifications. Each student at ICE will have their own story and their own motivations to study. Together you bring a fascinating mix of ideas and experience.

Class format and size

You will be encouraged by your tutors to discuss, debate and develop your own understanding of the topics raised in class. Our classes facilitate peer-led
discussions of knowledge and ideas that sparks transformative ways of thinking where beliefs are challenged, knowledge is updated and established ways of thinking are re-evaluated.

The average class size is 13 students but varies across courses with the maximum number of attendees around 25-30. Our classes are designed to be the optimal size to encourage group interaction and provide a more personal learning experience. There is very rarely any required reading in advance, although our tutors do often suggest further reading for those who wish to increase their knowledge of the subject. With the exception of language courses, all short course are taught in English. Our classes are open access and do not require prior qualifications.

Certificate of attendance

At the end of the course you can request a certificate of attendance. Certificates need to be requested via email to and are
usually sent within two to three weeks. Please note that certificates can only be supplied following 100% attendance on the course.



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Inspire your friends and family with a Continuing Education Gift Voucher - valid for short courses and online courses at ICE