The AICE Diploma, which is overseen by the University of Cambridge, demands that students fulfill a number of rigorous requirements. This program can earn students recognition, college credit, and scholarship money at certain schools, and it’s also an excellent way to further your education all around.
Seven credits are required for earning the diploma: one credit each from Groups 1, 2, and 3, and three credits distributed across the groups in any desired combination. The last credit is earned through Cambridge International AS Level Global Perspectives & Research. Optionally, up to two credits may be taken from Group 4, the interdisciplinary and skills-based subjects group.
Passing an AS Level exam (corresponding to a one-year course) earns one credit; passing an A Level exam (corresponding to a two-year course) earns two credits. All exams must be taken within a 25-month period.
The grades in each subject are A*, A, B, C, D, or E, or a fail. An A* is similar to a high A+ in the US, while an E is similar to a C.
Depending on the scores, the student can earn the AICE Diploma at Pass level, with Merit, or with Distinction. There are 20-60 points awarded per credit. Here are the point ranges required to meet each level of distinction:
- AICE Diploma at Pass Level: 140-249 points
- AICE Diploma with Merit: 250-359 points
- AICE Diploma with Distinction: 360 or more points (maximum score is 420 points)
The student will get certificates in the subjects taken even if the diploma is not earned. This will help in getting into college or earning college credit.