International Certificate of Christian Education

UK NARIC Benchmarking

The ICCE General, Intermediate and Advanced Certificates were benchmarked in 2008 and 2012 by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom, UK NARIC. On both occasions UK NARIC used the widely recognized and highly regarded Cambridge International Examinations O and A Level as the basis for the benchmarking assessment.

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. UK NARIC reported that the 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 2012 assessment.


ICCE is currently working towards having the ICCE certificates either re-benchmarked or accredited.


We have a highly capable team working on this project. We are committed to pursuing recognition of the ICCE, and that requires either benchmarking or accreditation. We are in formal communication with NARIC and other international accreditation bodies as we seek to evidence the highest standard for academic credibility in education and the workplace.

We look forward to updating you on future progress in this important work.