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The GCSE is a UK qualification awarded to students following the completion of an external examination. IGCSE is the international equivalent taken by students who study at schools outside the UK. Many subjects are offered in both the GCSE and the IGCSE, including (but not limited to) English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and History. The GCSE/IGCSE is a good bridging curricula to prepare students for IBDP/GCE A-levels/AP. The GCSE/IGCSE has undergone changes in the grading criteria since 2017 (first teaching in 2017). The grading was changed from the original A*-E scale to a 9-1 scale, with 9 being the highest grade.

By taking on these examinations, students are able to explore their academic interests while achieving their GCSE/IGCSE, equipping them with not only a valuable certificate they can use for life, but also knowledge and experience that will allow them to choose their areas of study at the next phase of their academic journey. The GCSE and IGCSE are widely recognized by top universities, including prominent institutions in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

One Year IGCSE Program

CANA offers a One Year IGCSE Program for both Edexcel and CIE options. It is suitable for both self-study or IGCSE school students. As an Edexcel centre, CANA can provide a school schedule with intensive lessons covering both a full range of teaching contents and examination techniques.

Students who may wish to apply to the CANA IGCSE Program include:

      • Those who are currently studying in the secondary curriculum and want to start taking GCSE/IGCSE examinations by having structured lessons with CANA's experienced tutors
      • Those who have been studying GCSE/IGCSE in the UK but stopped due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and would like to continue their study in Hong Kong by taking IGCSE


  • Our Teachers are experienced and caring, committed to students’ optimal learning.
  • Small-class teaching to ensure individual attention and monthly subject tests to enhance learning.
  • As an Edexcel Academic Partnership Centre, CANA receives the latest updates on the IAL curriculum and teacher training materials
  • Will be about to offer the IGCSE course for the 7th consecutive year
  • Excellent track record: 88% of our IGCSE students have received an A or A* and 71% have received an 8 or 9

Course Structure

Period September to May
Duration in weeks 35 weeks
Weekly number of hours 3
**Assessment contents 6 monthly tests
2 assessment exams in December and April
Exam Period June

* If needed, the course schedule is flexible to suit your schedule.

** The first assessment test result is used for reflection of predicted grades in each subject. Both online or on-site assessment tests could be provided.

What CANA Offer?

Subjects offered
Additional Mathematics English Language
Biology English Literature
Business Mathematics
Chemistry Physics
  • Monthly report to monitor learning progress
  • 6 monthly tests and 2 mock exams to monitor students’ level

How to do well in GCSE/IGCSE

To prepare for the GCSE/IGCSE program, students should focus on understanding the fundamental knowledge in every subject, as well as improving their spoken and written English. Students can also improve exam technique by practicing with past papers.

Most of our students take regular lessons once or twice a week, which are supplemented by intensive courses during Christmas, Easter and summer holidays to boost their grades further. Students who join our university application consultation package will also receive close guidance throughout the whole application process. With our help, students are able to juggle their university applications and school deadlines with ease.

Regular courses for IGCSE are now accepting enrollment at selected CANA centres. The course schedules are available here.

CANA’s GCSE/IGCSE track record

88% of our IGCSE level students have received an A or A* and 71% of our IGCSE level students have received an 8 or 9. To know more details, go to GCSE/IGCSE track record.

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Here at CANA Elite, we truly believe that every student is unique and has the potential to reach their goals with the right guidance. Academic excellence is derived from both passionate teachers and eager students. That is why we provide a unique learning experience tailored to each individual student. Named after the location of the first miracle in the Bible, we hope CANA elite can be the place of miracles for all our students, allowing them to achieve their dreams.