IAL One Year Programme

What is the IAL

IAL (International A-levels) is the secondary school leaving qualification for students studying outside the UK. Each subject is offered at AS and AL level. Students usually take 3 to 4 AL subjects to fulfil the university application requirements. Students should select their A-level subject combination based on their interests, strengths and subject prerequisites for their desired university program. For example, students who desire to study Medicine should select Chemistry and Biology in their subject combination. In addition, students who desire to reapply for very competitive universities, or university subjects such as Medicine and Law, might choose to take a one year IAL program to boost their academic credentials.

IAL is widely recognised by top universities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

How to do well in IAL

To prepare for the challenging IAL program, students should focus on improving their communication skills, both in spoken and written English. They should also give attention to their mathematics foundation if they desire to take Maths and Sciences.

CANA offers a one year IAL day school program for students who have done the IAL or equivalent examinations (e.g. IB, GCE A levels, DSE, AP) and would like to reapply to universities. Students may come to CANA on a regular basis: 4 to 5 days a week, 3-5 hours each day, depending on the number of subjects enrolled. As a UCAS centre, CANA can provide UCAS reference for students who have regular lessons and tests at our IAL program.

CANA also offers individual lessons for students who would like to be tutored once or twice a week in person or via skype, and intensive courses during Christmas, Easter and summer holidays to further boost grades. Additionally, students who join our university application consultation package receive close guidance on timeline management, such as managing university applications and school deadlines with ease.

CANA’s IAL track record

90% of our IAL levels students have received an A or A*. Our students have been successfully admitted into leading universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, Cornell, LSE, Princeton, UCL, Durham and Warwick.

Our IAL Program Teachers


The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.

Eunice Canadian International School, 45/45 in IBDP