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Whether you’re taking your first steps in higher education, looking to boost your career, fill a gap in your knowledge or simply learn about a topic that fascinates you, an undergraduate course offers a structured way of achieving your goal. 

Part-time undergraduate qualifications are an affordable and popular option for people who cannot commit to a full-time three-year bachelor’s degree or who require more flexible ways of obtaining CATS credits. At the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), you can either focus on one subject, or learn multiple subjects by stacking your qualifications. With our part-time and online undergraduate qualifications you’ll receive teaching that will expand your knowledge of a particular field. An undergraduate certificate is taught at first-year undergraduate level, an undergraduate diploma is taught at second-year undergraduate level and an undergraduate advanced diploma is very much like a final year of undergraduate study. 

Besides learning for personal enrichment, an undergraduate qualification can potentially open doors for you at work or in education. 

"Having left my previous role to look after our children, this Coaching course is a way of realigning my career to something I’m passionate about." Matthew, Undergraduate Certificate in Coaching student.

Earn an undergraduate qualification from the University of Cambridge ICE

ICE is the first ever university-led continuing education department in the world. We provide part-time undergraduate study courses in three areas:

●    Creative Writing and English Literature 
●    Arts and Sciences
●    Professional Studies

Undergraduate certificates and diplomas are formal qualifications that allow you to earn CATS credits, recognised by higher education institutions and employers. 

An undergraduate course from ICE gives you access to teaching from leading experts and a qualification from a globally recognised university. You’ll attend classes online with other students, be given feedback on your work, and receive an undergraduate qualification on successful completion of the course. 

You do not need any prior qualifications to study on the majority of our part-time undergraduate courses, except for an English Language requirement if English is not your first language

Find the best part-time undergraduate course for you

ICE provides part-time undergraduate courses in a wide variety of fields. Whether you are looking to improve your knowledge of genetics, launch a career in coaching, or learn how to write non-fiction books, browse our undergraduate courses to find the right programme for you. 

Most of our part-time undergraduate courses last one year and begin in the Michaelmas term (October). 

Contact us to find out more about our undergraduate courses.
 

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Creative Writing and English Literature

Learn how to tell stories, analyse a text or produce a script for performance in one of our creative writing or English literature courses. 

Course title  
Undergraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction

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Certificate in Creative Writing: Fiction and Writing for Performance Apply Now
Certificate in English Literature: Approaches to Literary Study Apply Now
Undergraduate Diplomas  
Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction and Writing for Performance Register Interest
Diploma in Creative Writing: Advanced Non-Fiction Register Interest
Diploma in English Literature: Literature Past and Present Apply Now
Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas  
Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Apply Now
Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Apply Now

Arts and Sciences

Understand the world around you with one of ICE’s part-time undergraduate courses in the arts, or the sciences. 

Course title  
Undergraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Archaeology of Ancient Britain Apply Now
Certificate in Classical Studies Apply Now
Certificate in Genetics Apply Now
Certificate in History Apply Now
Certificate in History of Art: Early Modern to Contemporary Apply Now
Certificate in Immunology Apply Now
Certificate in Infectious Diseases Apply Now
Certificate in Making of the English Landscape: Landscape History and Archaeology Apply Now
Certificate in Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Ethics Apply Now
Certificate in Study of Medieval England Apply Now
Undergraduate Diplomas  
Diploma in Archaeology: Death and the Ancient World Apply Now
Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy Apply Now
Diploma in Genetics Apply Now
Diploma in Evolutionary Biology Apply Now
Diploma in History of Art: British Visual Culture Apply Now
Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas  
Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Apply Now
Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Apply Now

Professional Studies

Help progress or enrich your career or boost your employment opportunities by completing one of our internationally recognised undergraduate certificate courses and diplomas. 

Course title  
Certificate of Higher Education  
Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies Register Interest
Undergraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Coaching Apply Now
Certificate in Cognitive Psychology Apply Now
Certificate in International Relations Apply Now
Certificate in Politics Apply Now
Certificate in International Development Apply Now
Certificate in Strategic Business and Management Apply Now
Certificate in Venture Creation Apply Now
Undergraduate Diplomas  
Diploma in Coaching Apply Now
Diploma in International Relations Apply Now

What is the difference between a certificate and a diploma for undergraduates? 

The main difference between certificate and diploma courses relates to the level of learning involved. A certificate course is taught at a level equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree (FHEQ Level 4), while a diploma is taught at the level of second-year university study (FHEQ level 5).

The undergraduate advanced diploma course at ICE is very much like a final university year, with research submitted for evaluation (similar to a traditional dissertation). This is the equivalent of FHEQ level 6, and gives you the chance to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your chosen field. 

Most of our students start with a certificate before undertaking a diploma course, where depth of knowledge in their subject area can be built upon. 
 


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