International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is the final phase for
high schoolers completing an academic track in preparation for post-school
studies, i.e. Degrees. This is not a vocationally orientated award, however it
can also serve as a solid stepping stone for vocational careers/studies. AICE is
at the advanced level, consisting of Advanced Supplementary subjects at Boston,
and is for learners who, at minimum, turn 16 years of age in the first year of registration for the
award, and who have already achieved a Grade 10 or the
Cambridge ICE award.
The AICE Diploma
represents the ‘gold standard’ Cambridge International AS (Advanced
Supplementary) and A (Advanced) Level qualifications. A minimum of two years of
learning is required to achieve either of the AICE Diplomas.
It allows for the offering of a broad and balanced curriculum by
recognising the achievements of learners who pass examinations in at least
seven Cambridge AS subjects, one compulsory subject (Cambridge Global
Perspectives & Research), and six chosen from four different subject
groups, including two different languages. This award provides technical,
foundational and preparatory access for seamless entry to higher education
and/or the workplace. Learners who enrol at Boston for the AICE will be
counselled on subject selections based on their post-school intentions and in
relation to endorsement requirements for Bachelor’s Degree study at South
Cambridge Assessment International Education is part of the University of Cambridge and has offered international school awards for over 160
years. Renowned globally, the Cambridge awards are recognised for the high
standards set and the curriculum rigour.
Along with the compulsory Boston AICE Foundations-A,
Foundations-B, Foundations-C and Foundations-D subjects the AICE award consists
of a further seven (7) subjects. Of the seven, there is one compulsory subject,
Cambridge Global Perspectives and Research, which is taken from the core
subject group. The remaining six subjects are categorised into four groups
(Groups 1 – 4), and at minimum one subject must be selected from each group. Of
the six subjects, two are compulsory, namely English First Language and French
Language or Afrikaans Second Language from Group 2. (At this stage we are
limited to French Language or Afrikaans Second Language. Boston is engaging
with Cambridge to make isiZulu Second Language available at AICE level in
future). Then, learners are able to choose four subjects, at minimum one each
from Group 1 and Group 3 and the option to take a subject from Group 4. See
‘Helpful Hints’ below the curriculum table, overleaf.
Subject selection should also be guided by the
subjects that you have completed in your Cambridge ICE award or at upper
secondary level. This is due to the advanced nature of the AS subjects which
require foundational introductory knowledge without which candidates will need
to put in extra effort to master the subject. Furthermore, subject selection
should also be guided by the intended post-school qualification route, i.e.
Bachelor’s Degrees that require Mathematics, Science or Accounting for entry
should align with subject selection decisions accordingly.
endorsement to study a Bachelor’s Degree at a South African university the
minimum requirement for AICE candidates is the following: a minimum of five of
seven subjects passed with a D grade, of which three subjects must be English
First Language, French Language or Afrikaans Second Language and ONE of the
following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics,
Geography or History. For further explanation see the section on International
The Cambridge curriculum
develops individuals who embody the attributes of confidence, responsibility,
reflection, innovation and engagement. At Boston, our approach to education
emphasises the interrelationship between knowing, doing and being, elevating
the student’s learning experience. Our approach cultivates the individual’s
ability to command the fundamentals and principles of subject areas. Our
institutional and programmatic commitment to robust quality assurance
mechanisms is well established and will be leveraged to oversee the Cambridge
In choosing the Cambridge
curriculum at Boston Online Home Education, we believe learners will be exposed to the
best practices of a global curriculum framed within the context of Africa. To
this potent mix, Boston will bring the considerable skills of educators deeply
rooted in and passionate about transformative education.
unique offering includes allocating each student to a mentor, so there is a
friendly face to assist you with planning your studies, guide and support you
through your learning journey. It is important for each student to
identify their nearest registered Cambridge Assessment venue. Cambridge
international examination fees are not included in the Boston tuition fees.
Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for
educational success. Schools can shape the curriculum around
how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible
ways to offer them. Use this factsheet to give parents an overview of Cambridge
The Cambridge curricula are
not for the faint of heart and will be for the final-phase high schooler who
wants to stand out from the crowd. Cambridge learning is about comprehension,
understanding, and application and is designed for independent thinkers and
doers. All learning is contextualised, and the curriculum encourages
discernment, the use of the scientific method of enquiry, which becomes an
approach to life.
Candidates who have
completed Cambridge AICE experience few challenges when transitioning to
post-school studies. Their preparation for the next phase of learning is
complete. The Cambridge journey will require hard work and diligence.
At Boston, our unique
approach to teaching, learning, assessment, and student support, including
mentoring and monitoring, has served us enviably in the higher education space
with impressive participation rates and throughput statistics. To onboard
learners successfully into online/distance study and the demands of the
Cambridge curriculum, we have robust support systems in place, as follows:
student wellness, study skills programmes, computer literacy courses, and
academic literacy advice and material. We understand the importance of creating
knowledge pathways that give access and encourage deep learning within the
The Cambridge AICE award at Boston is an alternative to the traditional
contact public/private schooling provision and is therefore considered a part
of the ‘home-schooling’ structure. To this end, please take note that as per
South African policy, parents/guardians of South African candidates may be
required to fulfil additional requirements.
In the instance of the AICE, i.e. Grades 10 to 12 and ages 16 to 18, and
in the event that parents are required to register their child as ‘home-schooled’
with the Provincial Department of Education, Boston will provide you with a
registration pack and a portfolio of evidence to support the registration and
required reporting on the learner’s progress in the AICE curriculum.
very important to note that this is a legal requirement and the onus is on the
parent to register their child as ‘home-schooled’. Please note that each
province has a different application process. Please visit this link and follow
the registration instructions from there: https://www.education.gov.za/Programmes/HomeEducation.aspx.
For international learners (those who are not South African citizens and
not resident in South Africa) the onus is on the parent/guardian to determine
the legal requirements applicable in your country.
Learners who meet the requirements of the group award will receive a Cambridge AICE Diploma at one of three levels: Pass, Merit or Distinction. The level awarded is based on the overall Cambridge AICE Diploma score.
Cambridge AICE Diploma with Distinction: Awarded to students with a score of 360 points or above. The maximum Diploma score is 420 points.
Cambridge AICE Diploma with Merit: Awarded to students with between 250 and 359 points. Cambridge AICE Diploma at Pass level: Awarded to students with between 140 and 249 points. Learners who do not meet the requirements of the group award will receive certificates for their individual subjects.
We accept enrolment from anywhere in the world for the ICE. Please be aware of time zone differences for attendance of online live tutorials: Boston is on South African Standard Time (SAST) which is the same as Central African Time (CAT).
Examinations must be sat at a Cambridge registered assessment venue in your home country. You will need to source the assessment venue yourself and all fees associated herewith will be for your own account. Our fees for support services are quoted separately from the Cambridge International examination fees. This also applies to candidates in South Africa who do not wish to make use of our registered assessment venues. In the instance where you will select another venue, it is a requirement to confirm the venue before registration with Boston can be completed.
While the focus is on the high-stakes examination events at the exit-point of the award, i.e. the sitting of Cambridge International Examinations per subject, the following applies:
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. CAIE is part of the University of Cambridge. Their international awards are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.
Upon issuance of the AICE award, learners:
*There are specific rules of combination and grade sub-minima required for the endorsement, together with specific requirements of the intended Bachelor’s Degree and university that must be kept in mind when making subject selections upon entering the AICE programme. Boston will assist with counselling in this regard. It must be noted that awards will be recognised and that curricula specific evaluations may lead to additional requirements for learners to meet in order to enter international or local programmes or professions, which is the prerogative of the receiving institution/body. For more information pertaining to direct international linkages/relationships visit the websites of the CAIE, Global Education, UKENIC, UKCPQ, DHET, CHE, SAQA, CHEA and WES. The USAf and/or SAQA fees will be for the learner’s account and billed directly.
*For endorsement to study a Bachelor’s Degree at a South African university the minimum requirement for AICE candidates is the following: a minimum of five of seven subjects passed with a D grade, of which three subjects must be English First Language, French Second Language or Afrikaans Second Language and ONE of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Geography or History.