ICCE Comparability Study

The ICCE academic qualification was benchmarked in 2008 and 2011 by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom, UK NARIC. UK NARIC was commissioned in 2008 and 2011 to undertake these assessments, which on both occasions used the widely recognized and highly regarded Cambridge O and A Levels as the basis for the benchmark assessment of the two, senior secondary ICCE Certificate levels.

The outcome of the UK NARIC studies, in both instances, reported that the ICCE Advanced (Academic) Certificate is comparable to Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Advanced Level (A Level) standard and that the General Certificate is comparable to CIE Ordinary Level (O Level) standard.

The UK NARIC study undertook a comparative analysis of the CIE and the ICCE qualifications in terms of content and learning outcomes, programme delivery and the relative effectiveness of the quality assurance processes. This UK NARIC study demonstrated that:

  • Despite some differences in mode of learning and assessment method, the then ICCE qualifications compared closely to the CIE O and A Levels with regard to their learning outcomes and content.
  • The ICCE programme delivery was found to be effective in developing students’ abilities across a wide range of subjects and preparing them for taking the ICCE qualifications.
  • The quality assurance mechanisms which underpin the ICCE delivery and assessment can be considered to be rigorous and robust.

The following table summarizes the overall levels of comparability determined by UK NARIC following the 2011 assessment: (See table from MR)

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