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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)



Our Virtual Pre-University Summer Programme is open to 16-18 year olds who are currently studying A-levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) or an equivalent, and who are considering or planning to study at a leading global university.

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be aged at least 16 by the start of the programme (Term I: 5 July 2021; Term II: 19 July 2021)
  • If you are currently aged 18, you must not turn 19 before Term I: 17 July 2021; Term II: 31 July

Please note: the programme is primarily designed for students who will be completing high school studies in 2021 or 2022.

To ensure that all participants meet the age criteria, when booking you will need to:

  • upload a copy of your passport or ID card which confirms your date of birth and a recent picture of yourself
  • confirm that your parent/guardian is aware and consents to your participation in the virtual Pre-University Summer Programme
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your date of birth during the booking process

We are unable to accept students under the age of 16 at the time of the programme.

Students over 18 may not participate in the virtual Pre-University Programme, but are welcome to join our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning.

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. On this basis, you could reasonably expect to participate fully in the programme.

Accessibility and additional support for students

We make every effort to meet the needs of those students with additional requirements. Please let us know about 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 talks are subtitled.

Programme places

If your preferred term is full at the time of booking, you can add yourself to a waiting list. You will be notified, by email, if a place becomes available. Please note you cannot change terms once the programme has started.

Programme cancellation by ICE

Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to our programme, ICE reserves the right to withdraw and/or change content.

If for any reason ICE cancels a programme, the tuition fee will be returned in full.  

Programme places cannot be transferred to other people. If you are no longer able to take up your place please contact us at: 

Student commitment and Student Charter

Please ensure you are able to prepare for your pre-recorded sessions so that you can participate fully in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will, where this is available, be provided with further reading to develop your knowledge.

Regular interaction enables you to contribute to and benefit from the strength of your peer-learning community. As such, you are encouraged to complete each day’s sessions in a timely manner.

We hope that you will enjoy the offerings from the lecturers and distinguished speakers, and that you will participate in the range of optional activities available.

Please click here to view the ICE Student Charter.

Special circumstances

If, in the reasonable opinion of ICE, the presence of any client, tutor, student or delegate is, or is deemed likely to be, an impediment to the provision of any service of ICE, or brings ICE (and/or the University of Cambridge) into disrepute, ICE may exclude such a person from all or part of that service.

In these circumstances, ICE will return any fee paid by or for the individual, but there will be no further liability of the Institute.

Cancellations and refunds policy

You may cancel your booking at any time. After the 14-day cancellation period has expired, the standard programme cancellation policy (as specified below) shall apply.

Cancellation Period

Cancellations received within 14 days of receiving your
booking confirmation

Full refund

Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period

Not refundable

If you are acting as a consumer, and you cancel the booking within 14 calendar days of receiving your booking confirmation without giving any reason, you are entitled to a full refund of the price paid. If you are not acting as a consumer, the standard ICE refund and cancellation policy provisions shall apply.

Cancellations and refunds in circumstances outside those described above, and/or following the expiry of the 14-day cancellation period, are subject to the terms and conditions set out here. For the avoidance of doubt, the cancellation period will expire 14 days after the date of the Booking Confirmation.

To cancel a booking, you must inform us by emailing and clearly state your intention to cancel a booking. You may use the model cancellation form although it is not obligatory. Once completed, submit the form by email to the above address.

To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning exercising the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction. You will not incur any fees as a result of this reimbursement.

If you start to use our services during the cancellation period (ie if the programme commences during the 14-day cancellation period) or if you access the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and you cancel the Contract, no refund will be due.

By booking and paying for a programme that begins within the 14-day cancellation period, you are deemed to have expressed your wish to begin our services. If you subsequently decide to cancel the Contract, no refund will be due.

You will not have the right to cancel a Contract where the Services have been fully performed.

Payment is due in full at point of booking. All fees are non-transferable to another year or another student.

In the case of a booking being changed from one term to another and where the student subsequently cancels the booking, please note that the booking confirmation date used will be that of the original booking, and not the revised one.

Policies and procedures

All of our policies and procedures can be found here: