Frequently 
Asked
Questions

1.  What is AICE?

The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international diploma that students can earn via an advanced academic curriculum and assessment program written and administered by a non-profit department {CIE) of the University of Cambridge in England. AICE program courses and examinations may be offered during grades 10, 11, and 12 in schools worldwide registered as CIE Centres. There is also a pre-AICE, or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), curriculum and assessment program available for grades 9 and 10 that prepares students for AICE courses

2.  What are the benefits of AICE?

AICE not only prepares students to get into a University with up to 45 hours of college credit, but it also provides them with the skills required to be successful once there. In addition to college credits, students can also earn the maximum Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, if they complete the AICE diploma and 100 hours of community service.

3.  What is meant by AICE Graduation Option?

The Florida Legislature has determined the AICE Curriculum is a graduation option for students beginning with the graduating class of 2011. Students must remain AICE students in good standing and complete all of the AICE Curriculum requirements to utilize this option. Students_ failing to meet the curriculum requirements are subject to all standard graduation requirements.

4. Does earning the AICE Diploma qualify students for the Florida Bright Futures tuition scholarship?

Yes, students who earn the AICE Diploma and complete 100 service hours during their high school careers automatically earn the Florida Bright Futures tuition scholarship regardless of grade point average or college entrance examination scores.

 

5. What do I have to do to earn an AICE Diploma?

Students must pass seven credits worth of examinations. At least one examination must come from each of the three subject groups: Mathematics & Sciences, Languages, and Arts & Humanities. An additional REQUIRED exam is Cambridge Global Perspectives. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level exams count for one credit and Advanced (A) Levell exams count as a second credit.

 

6. What is the difference between AS and A Level exams?

Advanced (A) Level Syllabuses and exams cover approximately two years of college-level curriculum in a subject. The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level syllabus and exam covers the first year of the two-year A Level curriculum. An AS Level exam counts for one credit towards the AICE Diploma. The A Level exam counts as a second credit.

 

7. Do students have to earn the full AICE Diploma in order to earn college credits?

No. Students receive General Certificate of Education (GCE) subject certificates for AS and A Level examinations passed. Colleges award credit on a subject-by-subject basis according to grades earned on individual examinations passed.

 

8. Do many universities give college credits for AS/A Level exams passed?

​Yes. University of Cambridge International Examinations publishes a list on their website www.recognition.cie.org.uk of US universities that ha.ye provided written statements of their AICE (which includes AS and A Levels) recognition policy. If a university admissions counselor is unfamiliar with AIC, it is suggested you ask to speak to the international admissions counselor. All public universities and community colleges in Florida award up to 45 hours of college credit for AICE exams passed. Over 500 colleges nationwide recognize AICE, including 100% of Ivy League Schools and Harvard and Yale.

 

9.  Is AICE Comparable with IB and AP?

All three programs are well established in the education community and in universities around the country. Both AICE (Cambridge AS and A Level) and IB are accepted at universities around the world. The main difference between AICE and IB is the flexibility offered by the AICE Diploma. Students have the freedom to create their own educational experience within the three AICE curriculum areas. We feel that AICE combines the best of both AP and IB in that students can pick and choose what courses they want but still earn an internationally recognized diploma that gives them the Bright Futures Scholarship.​​