Alternative to Access to HE/OU: Cambridge Undergraduate CertificatesWatch
I'm applying for 2021 university entry with two Cambridge Undergraduate ICE undergraduate certificates (120 credits) you won't see this specifically as an option on any university undergraduate course for an academic requirement.
I thought I'd share with you my experiences of approaching institutions asking if they would consider the Cambridge ICE undergraduate certificates for an application for a mature student instead of Access to HE/OU credits.
- Bath – No
- Birkbeck – Unclear, advice was to apply and see what happens.
- Brighton - Yes
- Cambridge, Wolfson – Yes
- Cambridge, St.Edmunds – Yes
- Cambridge, Hugh's Hall – Yes
- Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish Hall – No
- Durham – Yes
- Essex – Yes advised to enter at year 2 with credit transfer.
- Oxford – Yes but depends on the faculty, degree for specialist degrees, and not the college
- London School of Economics – Yes
- SOAS - Yes and suggested applying to enter at Year 2 with credit transfer.
- Salford - Yes and suggested it may be possible to enter at Year 2 not Year 1
- Sussex - Yes
- UCL – No
- Warwick – No
Short answer, almost every university I've approached will accept them. Obviously you will need to contact the faculties and make sure they are applicable to the degree you want to read and getting the certificate doesn't mean a guaranteed offer or place and will come with an offer relating to your performance (just as A-levels/Access/OU credits don't).
I've emailed about 30 universities all over the UK including Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, King's, UCLan, Warwick, Essex, St. Andrews, Edinburgh. The above are the institutions that have replied to me so far, I'll filling this in as I get answers.
I'd highly recommend considering Cambridge ICE if you feel like you might already be nearly at undergraduate level and you can find a certificate applicable to your path into university, they are far more rigorous than an Access course and match better the style of learning you'll be having at undergrad (it is essentially the first year of an undergraduate course).
Even though it is online you meet a very diverse set of people and it feels less isolated than an online Access. Open University is also a really great choice too, but I thought I'd share my research about which universities will accept these certificates as evidence of academic achievement because some people take the Cambridge ICE certificates for all sorts of reasons not just to get into uni.