ACE Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Each of the 6 core subjects has 12 books per year. Enrichment and elective courses are also available.  The 6 or 7 core subjects are

  • Maths
  • English Grammar
  • English Literature
  • Social Studies (History and Geography)
  • Science
  • Word Building (Etymology)
  • Biblical Studies

Each level of curriculum contains 12 PACEs (workbooks) in each subject. Therefore, level one consists of PACEs 1-12; level two consists of PACEs 13-24, and so on. Due to the individualised nature of this curriculum, students may be working in different levels in the various subjects.

How many PACEs do they complete a year?

Each subject’s course is divided into 12 workbooks, with objective tests at the end of each. Each student should complete 72 PACEs (12 PACEs in each of 6 subjects) required per year at a rate of 2 PACEs per week.

The following table shows the normal expected progress of a native English speaker through the system. Late entrants, students with special needs and ESL students will probably start at a lower level when they enter school.

PACE Numbers Equivalent Year PACE Numbers Equivalent Year PACE Numbers Equivalent Year

1001 – 1012


1049 – 1060


1097 – 1108


1013 -1024


1061 – 1072


1109 – 1121


1025 – 1036


1073 – 1084


1121 – 1132


1037 – 1048


1085 – 1096


1133 – 1144


Parents can use the chart to check their child’s progress.

How do PACEs work?

The PACEs contain information which is mastered through several types of exercises. The student works independently, checking his own work. The student is able to see how well he has mastered the subject with checkups and a Self Test. He then takes a test, scored by his supervisor. Passing with a score of 80% or higher, he receives a star. He then continues onto the next PACE. Each PACE takes about 3 weeks.

If he has not mastered the information, he will repeat the PACE until he has mastered it. He therefore always builds on work that he has mastered, never missing out vital information. The supervisor is immediately aware if the student struggles with any aspect of his work.

Students are assisted to set targets for themselves in each of the subjects and then they work individually, calling for help as needed.

Do the students know what work they have to do?

The students are able to monitor their progress constantly with a Goal Card of daily targets in front of them, a Star Chart displaying their completed PACEs as well as stickers for the monthly Learning Passages they have passed.  For the older students, there is also an academic projection that suggests to students which term they should finish different parts of their PACE work.  The students are able to track their own progress daily, weekly, termly and yearly with these helpful charts.  This enables them to be aware, responsible and in control of their own learning.

The students can gauge their progress by their application for Privilege (the 3 levels of Privilege have progressive levels of demand and reward). Upper Senior students build up their individual Christian Schools’ “Record of Achievement” and receive the International Certificate of Christian Education.

What qualification do they earn?

The ICCE Advanced Certificate is a matriculation certificate quoted by UCAS for university entrance, though this does not constitute accreditation. We are more confident than ever in the ICCE, especially with its growing record of high achievers at university.

ICCE has been investigated in detail by NARIC (UK) and, in their report published 2012, they found it comparable to Cambridge International Examinations O Level and A Level. It has been accepted at many universities including Oxford and Durham, for a variety of courses including law and medicine.

What is ICCE?

ICCE stands for International Certificate of Christian Education. For more information click here: International Certificate of Christian Education.

What is the Learning Centre?

The Learning Centre is the room in which students complete academic work. The environment is quiet, calm and orderly, which allows students to concentrate and work at their optimum level.

What is a PACE?

PACE is an acronym for Packet of Accelerated Christian Education.

A PACE is a bite-sized piece of curriculum which comes in the form of a colourful workbook designed to encourage learning and understanding and develop mastery of a concept.

A PACE is a single element of learning which builds up to a whole, coordinated ‘library’ of knowledge. There are 132 to 144 modules in each of 7 core subjects which will be completed over the life of each student at school, eventually resulting in the internationally recognised ICCE qualification.

How do they progress higher, if it is individualised?

Each student must pass each module before going to the ensuing one. The student masters each level as an individual. This ensures the students do not get left behind or held back by others and allows them to set their learning goals and measure their own progress.

The PACEs are designed to be completed at the student’s ability and speed. PACEs come in bite-sized sections, so the student can measure his own success as he completes it.

Do they work on PACEs all day?

No, students receive practical lessons in relevant subjects daily. Their core curriculum PACE work is completed in the mornings. In the afternoons the lessons are designed to build team skills, group work, investigations and to bring a dynamic, practical level to the more theoretical morning work.  In Maths, for example, this includes Mental Arithmetic, and daily computer work which augments the system and SPMG/SMP practical maths.

In languages we currently offer French and Latin to Juniors and Seniors, although we can also provide German, Spanish and New Testament Greek to suitable candidates. Our core subjects are Maths, English (Grammar and Literature), Social Studies (both History and Geography), Science, Word Building (Etymology) and Biblical Studies. These remain the core subjects throughout the school, with obligatory Speech, Typing and Computing in the certificate levels.

In addition, a wide range of subjects are taught, including DT, Art, Latin, Greek, Cookery, and Computing, some of which count towards the Certificate.
Much can be explained at Parent Orientation Day where you have an opportunity to experience the system for yourselves.

What does ACE Stand for?

Accelerated Christian Education.