Cambridge FAQ

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

Throughout high school, students must pass seven credits worth of AS or A Level examinations.  At least one examination must come from Global Perspectives and one of each of the three subject groups:  Mathematics & Sciences, Languages, and Arts & Humanities. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level exams count for one credit and Advanced (A) Level exams count for two credits.  Advanced (A) Level syllabuses and exams cover approximately two years of college-level curriculum in a subject, while the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level syllabus and exam covers the first year of the two-year Advanced (A) Level curriculum.

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.

Comparison of Cambridge and IB Programs 

-Equally rigorous academically

-Both offer well-balanced curricula, high academic standards, practical real world applications and international perspectives

-Both emphasize the development of higher order thinking, including problem solving and creativity

-Cambridge emphasizes extremely flexible curriculum that can be tailored to the abilities, interest and plans of the students

-Cambridge is widely accepted among US colleges and universities through the international admissions departments

Do many universities give college credits for AICE exams passed?

Yes.  CIE publishes a list on their website (go to and search for “recognition”) of US universities that have provided written statements of their AICE (which includes AS and A Levels) recognition policy.  All public universities and community colleges in Florida award up to 45 hours of college credits for AICE exams passed.

In addition, the Florida DOE recognizes the AICE program as an official acceleration mechanism and is included in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program as an additional means to earn scholarship monies.  Students who earn the AICE Diploma, and have 100 community service hours, automatically receive the Academic Scholars Award.  Students who complete the curriculum but do not earn the AICE Diploma can still earn the Academic Scholars Award with appropriate SAT and ACT test scores.