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 of the University of Cambridge in England or Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). AICE program courses and examinations may be offered during grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 in schools worldwide registered as CAIE Centres. Bunga Bangsa Islamic School is CAIE Exam Centre ID 135 in Indonesia.
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.
What do I have to do to earn an AICE Diploma?
For 2018 graduates and later, students must pass six credits worth of examinations as well as pass Global Perspectives. At least one examination must come from 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.
How can I earn AICE Diploma in Bunga Bangsa Islamic High School?
You should get at least “B” as your average grade when you are at the first semester. If you show a good academic performance, the curriculum department will encourage you to earn AICE Diploma in your following semester until fifth semester.
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 for two credits
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. More information can be found on the CAIE website
Do many universities give college credits for AS/A Level exams passed?
Yes. Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) publishes list on their website (go to www.cambridgeinternational.org . AS / A Levels are widely accepted in mostly Commonwealth Countries (UK, Canada, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and many more)
In Indonesia, there are at least 8 universities which accept AS and A Levels certificates. Some of them are top Indonesian Universities such as Indonesia University (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), and Gadjah Mada University (UGM).
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 (AS and A Level) and IB are accepted at universities around the world. The main difference between AICE and IB is the flexibility of 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.
How do AICE examination grades compare with the Indonesia grading scale?
Passing grades available on AICE exams range from A to E with A being the highest. Performance of students below the threshold of a grade of E receives a grade of U, ungraded, which is considered not passing. We found that AS and A Levels is equally same with your freshmen year in University.
I am very active in extracurricular activities. Can I remain active in these activities and handle the workload of AICE classes?
Our students are active in every activity we have here. They play sports, march in the band, sing in the club, drill with Qur’an program, compete in every competitions, join the OSIS, attend youth communities and more. In other words, yes, it is possible to do it all. Is it easy? We think that will vary from person to person but the majority of our students find the time. Can you do it? That is a question for you and your parents to consider.
If you qualify and are motivated to succeed then you should take AICE classes.