What you will learn
A graduate with a University Transfer Arts Certificate has reliably demonstrated to a first year university level the ability to:
- Incorporate critical thinking into systematic inquiry, theoretical reasoning and decision-making.
- Demonstrate teamwork by working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve shared goals.
- Demonstrate information literacy skills to determine the nature and extent of information required.
- Apply the appropriate rhetorical mode and presentation style to produce clear, accurate and effective written, verbal, and visual communication for clients and other professionals regarding issues, information, and knowledge in their discipline.
- Utilize accepted research process and abilities in all professional inquiries, communication, and scholarship.
- Apply and incorporate meta-cognitive processes for continued learning.
- Demonstrate the quantitative and analytical skills for entrance into second year arts courses.
What to expect
The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including guest speakers, case studies, computer instruction and lectures.
- Grade 12 graduation, GED or equivalent. Please provide an official transcript.
- English 12 with a 'C+' or greater.
For students who do not have English 12 with a C+, the following are recognized equivalencies:
- VCC ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1100 or equivalent.
- Language Proficiency Exam (LPI) written within last 2 years, with a 4 overall, 5 minimum in English Usage and a minimum score of 26 in composition. For admission to most courses, you need a score of at least 26 on the Essay section of the test (24 for admission to English 1101). If you have a score of 24 or 25 on this section, you must take ENSK 0902 Writing Skills 12 or ENSK 0926 Writing Skills 12 and ENGL 1100 concurrently.
- VCC English Language Assessment (ELA) written within the last 12 months, with a score of 145 overall and a minimum score of 16/20 on the essay portion of the composition section.
- Langara English Test (LET) written within last 2 years with a 4 overall.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) written within the last 24 months. Academic version with a minimum 6.5 overall and no score less than 6.0.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) written within the last 24 months with a score of 82 overall on the Internet based test and minimum scores of 21 in reading and listening and minimum scores of 20 in writing and speaking.
Note: Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite course(s) or equivalents leading to courses in the Certificate (for example: prerequisite course Chemistry 12 or equivalent needs to be successfully completed in order to take CHEM 1121-Chemistry 1).
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skill.
- Motivated and disciplined.
- Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Some word processing experience required.
Courses listed below may include university-transfer, articulated courses approved for transfer credit at the time of application for the certificate.
|English (minimum of 6 credits)|
|Select a minimum of 6 credit from the following groups:||6|
& ENGL 1200
and University Transfer English 2
& ENGL 1001
and Integrated Language Support 1
& ENGL 1002
and Integrated Language Support 2
|Humanities/Social Science (minimum of 18 credits)||18|
& PSYC 1200
and Psychology 2
& SOCI 1200
|Sociology 1: Introductory Sociology|
and Sociology 2: Canadian Society
& ECON 1200
|Math or Science Electives (minimum of 6 credits)||6|
& MATH 1111
and Introduction to Statistics
& MATH 1200
and Calculus 2
& BIOL 1200
and Biology 2
& CHEM 1223
and Chemistry 2
& PHYS 1200
and Physics 2
& BIOL 1220
|Human Anatomy & Physiology 1|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The College reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||293|
|Program-specific extra fees||40|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.