In order to receive an ACE Diploma, a candidate must earn a minimum of seven credits (including International AS Level Global Perspectives and Research), with at least one credit coming from each of the three curriculum areas.
To achieve the Diploma, all students are required to study and pass a compulsory core subject: International AS Level Global Perspectives and Research. This is a cross-curricular skills-based course that teaches students to think critically, analyse evidence and compare different perspectives.
The other six credits can be earned from any subject across four different groups:
Group 1: Mathematics and Sciences (example: Biology)
Group 2: Languages (example: English)
Group 3: Arts and Humanities (example: History)
Group 4: Interdisciplinary Skills (example: Global Perspectives)
AS level courses equate to one credit, while the Advanced (A) level course is worth two credits. AS courses are completed over one year whereas A courses are typically completed over two years.
All exams must be taken within a 25-month period and can be entered during the final examination series.