The Cambridge ICE (International Certificate in Education) certificate is a group award designed for schools that want to offer a broad curriculum. Candidates enter and sit for a minimum of seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas:
Group 1 － Languages
Group 2 － Humanities
Group 3 － Sciences
Group 4 － Mathematics
Group 5 － Creative and Vocational
Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in at least seven Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups.
Here are the Cambridge IGCSE subjects:
Candidates who qualify for the Cambridge ICE award will be placed in one of three categories:
Distinction － Grade A or better in five subjects and grade C or better in two subjects.
Merit － Grade C or better in five subjects and grade F or better in two subjects.
Pass － Grade G or better in seven subjects.
Another important benefit that Cambridge ICE offers is that candidates can demonstrate competence across a wide range of subjects and skills. Cambridge ICE carries greater currency in its own right in those countries where it is popular.
Full details of the subject groups and procedures for making entries for Cambridge ICE can be found in section 4 of the Cambridge Guide to Making Entries (schools/exam centres must refer to this during exam registration).
Below are frequently asked questions about Cambridge ICE.
To qualify for the Cambridge ICE certificate, must candidates take all their subjects in one session?
No. Candidates can qualify for Cambridge ICE over two series provided they take place during a period of 13 months, i.e. June to November, June to June, November to June, or November to November.
My school has applied for me to be considered as a candidate for Cambridge ICE over two sittings. The first sitting has taken place and I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped in one of my subjects. Can I retake it in the second sitting?
Yes, you can, but it is the result you achieved at the first sitting that will be counted towards your Cambridge ICE certificate. The result you achieve at the second sitting will be reported to you on a separate subject certificate.
Is it possible for GCE O Levels to count towards the Cambridge ICE certificate?
Certain subjects taken at GCE Ordinary Level may be counted towards Cambridge ICE. Such substitutions will not be permitted if the proposed substitute subject is available as an IGCSE subject in the same series, and no candidate who has taken fewer than six IGCSE subjects will be awarded a Cambridge ICE certificate. Customer Services will be able to confirm whether the particular O Level you are taking can be counted towards ICE.
If I take more than the minimum of seven subjects required to qualify for ICE, how will my Cambridge ICE grade be calculated?
As long as you fulfil the entry requirements for Cambridge ICE (passes in seven subjects, covering the five IGCSE subject groups and including two different languages), your seven best results, irrespective of subject or group, will be used to calculate your Cambridge ICE grade.
Is it necessary to submit entries in order to be awarded the Cambridge ICE certificate?
Yes. A School must make a separate entry for the Cambridge ICE Award for each candidate who fulfils the Cambridge ICE entry criteria. To enter a candidate for the Cambridge ICE Award, a School must make an entry by means of the Cambridge ICE entry code in addition to the syllabus and option codes for the examinations the candidate takes. Failure to include Cambridge ICE in the candidate entry will result in only IGCSE certificates being issued without the Cambridge ICE certificate.
How do I make an entry for the Cambridge ICE group award?
Candidates may enter syllabuses that contribute to the Cambridge ICE group award either in a single examination series or over two examination series, provided they are held during a 13 month period. For example, candidates entering for the ICE award in the November 2015 could use previous results gained in the November 2014 or June 2015 series, but not both.
You must make a separate entry for students who wish to enter for the Cambridge ICE Award. This is done by entering the group award entry code ICE along with the syllabus entry codes. For two series students you must make the Cambridge ICE entry in their final examination series. Previous entry details must also be submitted for students who require results achieved in previous series to be included in the award of Cambridge ICE.
Failure to include ICE in the student entry will result in only Cambridge IGCSE certificates being issued without the Cambridge ICE certificate.
You can find full details of the choice of subjects and entry criteria for the Cambridge ICE Award in the Cambridge Guide to Making Entries.
Can I apply for an ICE Group award certificate retrospectively?
It is not possible to retrospectively apply for a Cambridge ICE Group Award, so care should be taken to ensure that the entry information provided for each student satisfies the Cambridge ICE Group Award entry criteria. To enter a student for the Cambridge ICE Group Award, a school must make an entry by means of the ICE entry code in addition to the syllabus and option codes for the examinations being taken by the student. The ICE entry code is ICE. Failure to include ICE in the student entry will result in only Cambridge IGCSE results and certificates being issued. The Statement of Entry issued to each candidate will confirm whether the ICE entry criteria has been satisfied.
For more information on how to make entries for the Cambridge ICE group award please refer to the Cambridge Guide for Making Entries for the relevant examination session, which can be downloaded from the Support Materials section of CIE Direct.
Do I need to submit Forecast Grades for ICE?
Schools do not need to submit Forecast Grades for Cambridge ICE as it is a group award. However, if you wish to remove the ‘Grades required’ warning on CIE Direct for ICE, you can enter the Forecast Grades as ‘X’.
What certificate is issued for ICE?
To qualify for an ICE certificate, a student must obtain at least grade G(g) in each of seven subjects. These must include two subjects from Group I (Languages) and at least one subject from each of Groups II (Humanities ), III (Sciences), IV (Mathematics) and V (Creative, Technical and Vocational).
ICE certificates show the level achieved in the ICE group award:
- DISTINCTION is awarded if a student obtains grade A(a) or above in five subjects and grade C(c) or above in two further subjects;
- MERIT is awarded if a student obtains grade C(c) or above in five subjects and grade F(f) or above in two further subjects;
- PASS is awarded if a student obtains grade G(g) or above in seven subjects.
An IGCSE certificate will be awarded to failing ICE students who obtain a minimum of at least one grade G(g) in a syllabus.
Students who achieve ICE in one series will receive an ICE Statement of Results and two separate IGCSE and ICE Certificates.
Two series ICE students will receive a certificate for the individual subjects taken at the end of the first series and two separate IGCSE and ICE certificates at the end of the second series.
How do schools/exam centres make entries for Cambridge ICE using the Final Entry form?
If a candidate is eligible for the Cambridge ICE Diploma, they can be entered for the award by adding the relevant entry code to their entries, in the same way as a normal entry code – an example of this can be found on the Final Entry Form.
The entry code for Cambridge ICE Diploma is simply ‘ICE’.
* All info taken from CIE.