AICE and Bright Futures

Cambridge AICE Exams and College Credits

Both Cambridge AS and A Levels are considered college level courses of study, and students passing these examinations with a Cambridge grade of E or higher may receive college credit or advanced standing based on their scores from universities throughout the United States and all public universities and colleges in Florida.  

Please note that each US university sets its own policy and students are advised to directly contact the admissions office at the university of interest to learn its credit by examination policy for GCE / International AS and A Levels which are also known as “Cambridge AICE” exams. College credit is typically awarded based on each subject and examination grade earned. (Recently, FSU and UF were designated as preeminent research universities, which could affect the acceptance of twelve accelerated course credits.)

AICE Curriculum (without earning the ADIP) and Bright Futures

The Florida Legislature is authorized each year to change eligibility and funding requirements.  Florida law recognizes Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum as a method of qualifying for a Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) or Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award through the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.  To qualify for a Bright Futures award utilizing the AICE curriculum option, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete the AICE curriculum requirements as determined by the Florida Department of Education

  • Earn the community service hours: FAS – 100

AICE Diploma* and Bright Futures

Students who earn an AICE Diploma based on AICE exams taken within a twenty-five month period, complete 100 hours of community service, and submit their Florida Financial Aid Applications by their high school graduation date, will automatically earn the Florida Academic Scholars award. 

Completion of the AICE curriculum would require students to complete seven AICE courses and to take and pass the examinations for each course.

The current Florida Bright Futures Brochure is linked here.  

The AICE curriculum is defined as follows: 

Complete a minimum of seven AICE credits* identified by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in three academic areas as follows: 

  • One credit from Group 1 – Mathematics and Sciences

  • One credit from Group 2 – Languages

  • One credit from Group 3 – Arts and Humanities

  • One credit in AS Global Perspectives and Research

In order to be credited with fulfilling the AICE curriculum, students must take 7 AICE courses and each of the corresponding AICE examinations in a 25 month period (3 school years) that may include 9th, 10th, and 11th grade or 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

The following AICE subjects are available at Windermere High:

  • Group 1: AS Environmental Management (Group 1 or 3, but not both), AS Marine Science, AS Psychology (Group 1 or 3, but not both)

  • Group 2: AS English Language

  • Group 3: AS Environmental Management (Group 1 or 3, but not both), AS Psychology (Group 1 or 3, but not both), AS English Literature, AS Drama, AS European History

  • Group 4: AS English General Paper, AS Thinking Skills

  • Core (required by Cambridge): AS Global Perspectives and Research