Cambridge ICE

Who are we?

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.

What is the International Certificate of Education? 

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.

How do we support learners in each of the subjects leading to the ICE Award?

Our Counsellors and Mentors will be available throughout the processes outlined below, and can be contacted telephonically or via email:

  1. Apply to Boston at which stage we will assist with subject selection, placement and any other admission-related queries.
  2. Proceed to register for subject-specific support services.
  3. On-boarding and other pertinent information is made available to you to assist with navigation of the online Learning Management System, course material, schedules, etc.
  4. Organise your home environment and set up the hardware, software and internet requirements for successful completion of Cambridge subjects.
  5. Participate in live tutorial sessions, access recorded lessons, complete formative assessments and mock examinations to monitor progress and access remedial interventions where required.
  6. Access student wellness and participate in informal clubs and societies to enrich your home schooling experience, where required or of interest.
  7. Ensure that you have registered early for the Cambridge exit point examinations.
  8. Study hard! Cambridge subjects require dedication and commitment!
  9. Sit for the Cambridge examination at a registered examination venue and await results release.
What age group is suitable OR what are the minimum requirements for access to ICE?

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.

Which subjects do we offer?

English

Afrikaans

isiZulu

Mathematics

Physics  

Chemistry

Business studies

Economics

Can students from any country apply?

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.

What is the duration of study?

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.

What is the language of teaching and learning?

English is the language of communication for all services and support offered by Boston.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SET-UP

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Processor & Ram

Laptop or desktop computer with a 2.0Ghz processor, with 4GB of memory (RAM)

Webcam and Microphone

Webcam and microphone to participate in live classes

Operating System

Windows 7

Document Software

Microsoft Office, Open Office, or Google Docs for assignments.

Web browser

Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser

Internet S​peed

Internet access with 10mbps download speed, and 2mbps upload speed. Fibre, Wi-Fi or LTE
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