Students from The Vine Christian School and from schools around the UK with an ICCE Advanced Certificate have been accepted at many prestigious Universities including Oxford, Lancaster, Loughborough, Durham, York, and Edinburgh.


Our students do not work towards the traditional national examinations. The ACE curriculum carries its own certification programme, administered in the UK and Europe by the Board of the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE).  The ICCE certificate with which a student graduates has a structure and profile similar to International Baccalaureate, and is the central feature of the Record of Achievement which accompanies each student when they leave The Vine Christian School.

The ICCE is a proven and successful qualification which allows Christians to remain true to their faith whilst allowing for the opportunity of a first class education.

The ICCE is a similar standard to GCSE through to A level and is recognised by many employers, colleges and universities in the UK and elsewhere.

For more information about the ICCE follow this link to the ICCE Global Website.


The ICCE works on a similar basis to a baccalaureate awarding students a single qualification based on their overall performance.

We list below the six levels of the ICCE that are available to all our students to work towards, allowing for their varying abilities. Upon completion of the appropriate coursework each student will receive a certificate showing the overall grade, which is supplemented by a breakdown of the grades achieved in individual subjects.

  • Basic Certificate – designed for students with special educational needs (it provides a Record of Achievement similar to those issued by many state schools)
  • Foundation Certificate
  • General Certificate – equivalent to GCSE level
  • Intermediate Certificate
  • Advanced Certificate – equivalent to ‘A’ level
  • Advanced Plus


The General Certificate requires a similar level of work needed to obtain GCSEs. It covers English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Biblical Studies, and a number of options chosen by the student which would normally include Information Technology.


The Intermediate Certificate is at a similar standard to AS Level. Again, it includes courses in English, Mathematics and Science, building on the knowledge already acquired. There are additional courses in the Humanities including Biblical Studies.


Many students completing this certificate go on to study at degree level. The programme content is determined by the student’s intended degree course or future career aspirations.

UK NARIC – the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing opinion on standards of academic and professional qualifications – has undertaken a benchmarking study of the ICCE qualifications and certificates and made the following statement on its website (as at 06/02/2012):

“A recent benchmarking study by UK NARIC has confirmed that the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) General and Advanced Certificates can be considered to be comparable to the overall Cambridge International O and A Level standard respectively.”

For more information on this study, please visit the relevant page on the UK NARIC website.