English Language Requirements

At least three years of English instruction

Students who have completed three years* of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing one of the following options:

* English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not considered in the three-year calculation

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing a recognized bachelor's degree at a university in an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction.

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing three credits of undergraduate English at a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

Undergraduate English grades must meet or exceed the percentages below to fulfil VCC program requirements. Please check your program for the level of English required. 

E.g. VCC's Hairstylist Certificate requires English 10. Students can complete three credits of undergraduate English with a minimum overall score of 50% to meet this requirement.

English 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
Minimum 64% Minimum 60% Minimum 55% Minimum 50% Minimum 50% Minimum 50%

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing VCC English courses.

Please check your program for the level of English required. 

E.g. VCC’s Graphic Design Certificate program requires English 12 with a 'C' grade. Students can complete provincial level ABE (minimum 60%) or University Transfer English 1 (minimum 55%) to meet this requirement.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
University Transfer English 1
(ENGL 1100)
Minimum 64% Minimum 60% Minimum 55% Minimum 50% Minimum 50% Minimum 50%
Provinicial level ABE
English 12 (ENGL 0981 and 0991)
Minimum 72% Minimum 64% Minimum 60%  Minimum 50%  Minimum 50%  Minimum 50%

Writing Skills (WRSK 1076)
AND
Reading and Study Skills (RSSK 1076)

Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Communication for Health Sciences
(CCAC 1084)
Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied Satisfied
Advanced level ABE
English 11 (ENGL 0861 and 0871)
N/A N/A N/A N/A Pass Pass
Internediate Level ABE
English 10 (ENGL 0750 and 0752)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Pass

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing courses in Academic English 10, 11, or 12, or Communications 12 or equivalent in Canada or an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
Academic English in Canada or equivalent Minimum 72% Minimum 64% Minimum 60% Minimum 50% Minimum 50% Minimum 50%
Communications 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A Pass Pass

 

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing an Adult Basic Education (ABE) reading and writing assessment. Visit the VCC Assessment Centre to book an appointment. Scores are valid for one year.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
VCC ABE Reading and Writing Reading: 60
Writing: 52
Writing sample: 0991
Reading: 60
Writing: 52
Writing sample: 0991
Reading: 60
Writing: 52
Writing sample: 0991
Reading: 60
Writing: 52
Writing sample: 0991
Reading: 50
Writing: 42
Writing sample: 0871
Reading: 50
Writing: 35
Writing sample: 0752

Students may meet VCC's English language requirements by completing the Language Proficiency Index Test (LPI) via the University of British Columbia or the Langara English Test (LET) via Langara College. Scores are valid for two years.

Please check your program for the level of English required.

VCC requirementsEnglish 12
'B'
English 12
'C+'
English 12
'C'
English 12
'Pass'
English 11English 10
UBC (LPI) Essay Level: 5
Essay Score: 35
Essay Level: 5
Essay Score: 30
Essay Level: 5
Essay Score: 30
Essay Level: 4
Essay Score: 26
Essay Level: 4
Essay Score: 24
Essay Level: 3
Essay Score: 22
Langara (LET) 4 3 3 3 3 2

Proof of credentials

All applicants using external credentials (e.g. degrees, credits, or test scores) to meet VCC's English language requirements must provide proof upon application.

 

Questions?

See more options for meeting VCC's English Language Requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your program and want more information about VCC English assessments or courses, please contact Advising Services.