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Education Quality and Policy Office


The University has a framework for credit-bearing certificates and diplomas offered by a number of approved 'Administering Bodies', including the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Language Centre, the Faculty of Education, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Judge Business School, and the Faculty of Divinity.

Students following these part-time, professional or executive education courses are not required to be matriculated members of the University, nor to have College membership.

The framework requires institutions wishing to offer award bearing courses of this type to do so through the auspices of ICE or one of the other recognised Administrative Bodies, or to be recognised as 'administering bodies' by the General Board. The Board will expect quality assurance arrangements equivalent to those for the Tripos and taught graduate courses to be put in place. These will include:

  • local course review, including arrangements for student feedback;
  • appointment and consideration of reports of external examiners;
  • local review procedures for examination results and student complaints;
  • programme specifications; marking and classing schemes.

Courses for non-member awards are subject to the General Board's periodic Learning and Teaching Reviews.

The framework for regulation of these awards in set out in Statutes and Ordinances in the sub-chapter on Diplomas and Certificates open to non-members of the University.

All diplomas and certificates offered under these regulations are subject to General Board approval and need to have the endorsement of a cognate Faculty Board (for undergraduate level awards) or Degree Committee (for graduate level awards).

Faculties, Departments and other institutions are not permitted to award their own local certificates and diplomas for credit-bearing courses. It may, however, be appropriate for a local Certificate of Attendance to be presented for short, non-credit bearing courses, but care should be taken over appropriate branding; it should be clear to students that they are not taking a University award. Further advice and information on endorsement of non award-bearing programmes by the University's Board of Executive and Professional Education (BEPE) is available from the section for providers on the BEPE website.