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The GCSE is a UK qualification awarded to students following the completion of an external examination. IGCSE is the international GCSE 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, History, etc. The GCSE/IGCSE is a good bridging curricula to prepare students to do the IB/GCE A-levels/AP. In addition, students can explore their academic interests while doing the GCSE/IGCSE, equipping them to choose the subject they would like to study at the next phase.

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.

The GCSE and iGCSE are widely recognized by top universities, including prominent institutions in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

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 on improving their spoken and written English during the early years of high school. Students can also improve on the exam technique by working on past papers.

Most of our students take regular lessons once or twice a week, which are supplemented by ntensive 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

90% of our GCSE/IGCSE students received an A or A* (Now changed to a 9-1 scale). Our students have been admitted into leading universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, Cornell, LSE, Princeton, UCL, Durham and Warwick.



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