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Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education

University of Oxford

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24 months
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About

The Certificate of Higher Education is a part-time course in which you study a main subject discipline but also undertake study in other academic subjects. You decide how and where you want to study. Credits obtained from short online courses, weekly classes and attendance at the Oxford University Summer School for Adults count towards your final award.

Overview

The Certificate of Higher Education is a part-time course in which you study a main subject discipline but also undertake study in other academic subjects. Credits obtained from short online courses, weekly classes and attendance at the Oxford University Summer School for Adults count towards your final award. The course lasts between two and four years depending on how intensively you want to study. 

The Certificate carries 120 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points at first year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). It is therefore equivalent to the first year of full-time study. Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education does not offer undergraduate degrees, but students who obtain the Certificate may, if they wish, apply to transfer the credit from the Certificate to another academic institution, such as the Open University, which does offer degrees. The transfer-in of credit is always at the receiving institution's discretion.

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded Oxford University’s Certificate of Higher Education. Outstanding performance will qualify you for a Distinction. You will be invited to receive your Certificate at the annual Awards Ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

The course in detail

Modules in your main subject area

Our students specialise in one of eight main subject areas. These are Archaeology, Art History, Architectural History, English Literature, Creative Writing, History, Philosophy and Political Economy. 

Modules outside your main subject area

You will need to obtain a further 30-50 CATS points by completing courses outside your main subject area. The course is designed in this way to encourage breadth of study and to enable you to take advantage of the wide range of courses in different subject disciplines that the Department offers. Courses are available in Archaeology, Architectural History, Art History, Classics, Computing and Mathematics, Creative Writing, Economics, Environmental Conservation, Film Studies, History and Politics, Languages, Literature, Local and Social History, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology and Counselling, Religious Studies and Theology.

Introductory course

During your first year of study you take an introductory course in your main subject area to gain a grounding in the concepts and methods relevant to the subject discipline. All of the introductory courses are available online and others are also offered face-to-face. The introductory classes offered are:

  • Archaeology: Archaeology in Practice (online)
  • Architectural History: Learning to Look at Western Architecture (online)
  • Art History: Learning to Look at the Visual Arts (online)
  • Creative Writing: Getting Started in Creative Writing (online)
  • English Literature: Critical Reading (face to face in Oxford or online course)
  • History: The Making of Modern Britain (online)
  • Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy (online)
  • Political Economy: Public Policy Economics (online)

Academic Literacy module

You will also take the Academic Literacy online course, usually during your first term of study, the cost of which is covered by the programme fee. 

Accreditation

The Certificate carries 120 CATS points at first year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). It is therefore equivalent to the first year of full-time study. Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education does not offer undergraduate degrees, but students who obtain the Certificate may, if they wish, apply to transfer the credit from the Certificate to another academic institution.

Programme Structure

You can decide where and how you study. It is possible to study mainly online, depending on the availability of courses in your subject area, but you must take at least one course face-to-face in Oxford.  

The face-to-face element may consist of one or a combination of the following:

  • successful completion of a week’s course at Oxford University Summer School for Adults (OUSSA)
  • successful completion of a weekly class in Oxford.
If you are based overseas, attending OUSSA is likely to be the most convenient way to undertake face-to-face study in Oxford. OUSSA gives you the chance to study in a small and informal group and have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. As well as your classes, you can visit Oxford’s outstanding museums and art galleries, and enjoy concerts and theatre trips in the evenings.

Audience

You don’t need any formal academic qualifications, but you must be able to demonstrate genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subjects you propose to study. You will need to have the time and commitment needed to work for a university qualification.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

Blended
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You don’t need any formal academic qualifications, but you must be able to demonstrate genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subjects you propose to study. You will need to have the time and commitment needed to work for a university qualification.

Tuition Fee

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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