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We are a home education partner for high school equivalents/alternatives and support parents/guardians of home education learners towards Cambridge International single subject, i.e. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced Supplementary (AS) Levels, or group awards, i.e. International Certificate of Education (ICE) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).
Cambridge Assessment International Education offers an alternative to the ‘high school’ options already available in the South African market, and we believe that by being a trusted partner to you as the parent/guardian, we are demonstrating Boston’s commitment to building human capital in South Africa. Our commitment is to education, and what better way to show this than providing our assistance to those parents/guardians who are choosing alternative routes of learning and who wish to personally facilitate the education of their children at home.
Cambridge ICE is a group award at the upper secondary level. 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 IGCSE subjects from five different subject groups, including two different languages, Mathematics and Cambridge Global Perspectives. This award provides technical and foundational access to the Adv`anced International Certificate of Education (AICE), the Cambridge award that facilitates seamless access to higher education and/or entry to the workplace (see separate FAQ tabs below). Learners who enrol at Boston for support for the ICE will be counselled on subject selections based on their post-school intentions and in relation to selection requirements for the AICE.
Our Counsellors and Mentors will be available throughout the processes outlined below, and can be contacted telephonically or via email:
At a minimum, candidates must turn 14 years old in the year of first enrolment, and have a Grade 7 or equivalent. Candidates 14 or older with a Grade 8 are also well placed to join the ICE award.
Boston may require any applicant to undertake further placement assessments. These assessments may lead to additional bridging courses as part of the curriculum and/or extend the minimum duration of study to ensure that the candidate is able to manage the rigours of the Cambridge curriculum.
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.
Based on the notional hours for this award the minimum duration is four (4) semesters over a period of two (2) years, and the maximum duration is six (6) semesters over three (3) years.
English is the language of communication for all services and support offered by Boston.
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) 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, and at Boston we provide support for the Advanced Supplementary subjects.
The AICE award represents the ‘gold standard’ Cambridge International AS (Advanced Supplementary) and A (Advanced) Level subjects. A minimum of two years of learning is required to achieve the award.
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 support 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 African universities.
How do we support learners in each of the subjects leading to the AICE Award?
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.
At a minimum, candidates must turn 16 years old in the year of first enrolment, and have a Grade 9 or the
award, or equivalent. Candidates 16 or older with a Grade 10 are also well placed to join the
We accept enrolment from anywhere in the world for the AICE. 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).
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