New Certificate of Higher Education

The Department for Continuing Education is delighted to announce the launch in autumn 2012 of the new Certificate of Higher Education. Applications are now being accepted.

The Certificate will enable students to use the credit that they obtain from taking weekly classes, short online courses and attendance at Oxford University Summer School for Adults to count towards gaining an award from the University of Oxford. The award is the Certificate of Higher Education, equivalent to one year of full-time undergraduate study at first year level.


A key feature of the Certificate is its flexibility: students will be able to decide where and how they study. In particular it will be possible to study mainly online for the award, although all students will need to take at least one course (amounting to 10 CATS points) face-to-face in Oxford.

There is also flexibility in the time frame: some students will wish to complete the award within two years of registration, while others may take up to four years to complete. It will also be possible to import credit, up to a maximum of 30 points, from OUDCE courses taken in the four years prior to registration.

Seven subject areas to choose from

Students who register for the award will specialise in one of nine main subject areas: Archaeology, Art History, Architectural History, History, Literature, Creative Writing or Philosophy. They will also choose courses outside their main subject area, to give breadth to their study and to enable them to take advantage of the rich variety of courses on offer at the Department for Continuing Education.

Attend an open event - online or in Oxford

Two open events will be held on Thursday, 19 January 2012 - an online event at 16.00 GMT, and an event in Oxford at 18.00. If you would like to attend either event, or have any questions about the programme, please email Full information about the Certificate of Higher Education may be found on the course listing page:

Published 19 September 2011