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University Transfer – Computing Science and Software Systems

CREDENTIAL: Certificate
START DATES

Start your computing science degree at VCC in a supportive learning environment with attentive instructors. Credits transfer to post-secondary institutions across British Columbia.

Tuition: 20895*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 1 0 year
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-first-year-university-computing.pdf
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep
 

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate critical thinking into theoretical reasoning and decision making.
  • Work collaboratively in computing laboratory activities.
  • Utilize information literacy abilities to determine the nature and extent of information required.
  • Develop appropriate presentation styles to produce clear and accurate written, verbal, and visual communication for clients and other professionals.
  • Utilize accepted research processes and abilities in all professional enquiries, communications, and scholarship.
  • Apply scientific and quantitative methodology as well as analytical skills.
  • Apply problem-solving in math and computer programming.
 

     

What to expect

The courses are delivered using a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and activities, including lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and applied computing experiences.

Admission requirements

Program-specific

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Precalculus 12 with a minimum 'B' grade, or equivalent
       or
    • Math 0983 and MATH 0993 both with a minimum 'B' grade, or equivalent
      or
    • Math 1020 with a minimum 'C' grade, or equivalent
      or
    • VCC Math Precalculus Assessment Test (MPT) with a minimum 72% grade
       
  • Knowledge of science demonstrated by one of the following:  
    • Physics 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  PHYS 0983 and PHYS 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
      or
    • Chemistry 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  CHEM 0983 and CHEM 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
      or
    • Biology 12  with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  BIOL 0983 and BIOL 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent

General

  • 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 [PDF].   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Motivated and disciplined.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Some word processing experience.

Courses *

Submit the Ut first term course registration form when applying to VCC.

  • UT - Arts
  • UT - Sciences
  • UT - Engineering
  • UT - Computing

Prior learning assessment and recognition

For students attempting the assured pathway to Simon Fraser University, PLAR is not allowed, as per the agreement with SFU. 

Course Credits (Option A - SFU Transfer)

Successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits of university transfer articulated first-year courses as per the British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer Guide (BCCAT) is required for completion of the certificate. Credit distribution in the following courses is required:

Plan of Study Grid
Term One Credits
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1 3
SCIE 1110 Professional Communication 3
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
SCIE 1100 Engineering, Technology and Society 3
  Credits 15
Term Two
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Select one of the following electives: 3
SOCI 1100
or SOCI 1200
or PSYC 1100
or ECON 1100
or ECON 1200
Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology
or Sociology 2: Canadian Society
or Psychology 1
or Microeconomics
or Macroeconomics
 
  Credits 12
Term Three
MATH 2700 Probability and Statistics for Science and Engineering 3
  Credits 3
  Total Credits 30

Course Credits (Option B - UBC BSc. in Computer Science transfer)

Successful completion of a minimum of 25 credits of university transfer articulated first-year courses as per the British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer Guide (BCCAT) is required for completion of the certificate. Credit distribution in the following courses is required:

Plan of Study Grid
Term One Credits
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1 3
Science Elective  
PHYS 1100
or CHEM 1121
or BIOL 1100
Physics 1
or Chemistry 1
or Biology 1
4
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
  Credits 13
Term Two
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Elective 3 or 4
PHYS 1200
or CHEM 1223
or BIOL 1200
or ENGL 1100
or SOCI 1100
or SOCI 1200
or PSYC 1100
or PSYC 1200
or ECON 1100
or ECON 1200
Physics 2
or Chemistry 2
or Biology 2
or English 1
or Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology
or Sociology 2: Canadian Society
or Psychology 1
or Psychology 2
or Microeconomics
or Macroeconomics
 
  Credits 12-13
  Total Credits 25-26

Course Credits (Option C - UBC BA in Computer Science transfer)

Successful completion of a minimum of 27 credits of university transfer articulated first-year courses as per the British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer Guide (BCCAT) is required for completion of the certificate. Credit distribution in the following courses is required:

Plan of Study Grid
Term One Credits
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1 3
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
Elective  
ENGL 1100
or SOCI 1100
or SOCI 1200
or PSYC 1100
or PSYC 1200
or ECON 1100
or ECON 1200
English 1
or Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology
or Sociology 2: Canadian Society
or Psychology 1
or Psychology 2
or Microeconomics
or Macroeconomics
3
  Credits 12
Term Two
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Select two of the following electives: 6
ENGL 1100
or SOCI 1100
or SOCI 1200
or PSYC 1100
or PSYC 1200
or ECON 1100
or ECON 1200
English 1
or Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology
or Sociology 2: Canadian Society
or Psychology 1
or Psychology 2
or Microeconomics
or Macroeconomics
 
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 27

Option A: SFU Software Systems Transfer (2nd Year Admission Pathway)

The SFU assured admission pathway does not apply to international students. For competitive admission into the 2nd year of the SFU Software Systems Degree, students must complete a minimum of 24 units of transferable course work, including: one mathematics course chosen from MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1MATH 1100 Calculus 1MATH 1200 Calculus 2MATH 2700 Probability and Statistics for Science and Engineering and MATH 1221 Applied Linear AlgebraCMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 (for which CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 is a prerequisite); and one additional mathematics course chosen from the above list. Full details can be found on SFU's College/University site www.sfu.ca/students/admission-requirements/canadian-transfer/college-university.html.html under the program-specific requirements for Software Systems students.

Applicants must meet the general SFU English language and quantitative admission requirements.

 

Option B: UBC BSc in Computer Science Transfer

No assured admission agreement is in place with UBC. To attempt admission into the 2nd year of the BSc in Computer Science at UBC it is recommended that students complete the following courses:

CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1 3
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3

In addition, it is recommended that students take:

One science elective chosen from: 4
PHYS 1100
Physics 1  
BIOL 1100
Biology 1  
CHEM 1121
Chemistry 1  
One additional elective chosen from: 3-4
PHYS 1100
Physics 1  
PHYS 1200
Physics 2  
BIOL 1100
Biology 1  
BIOL 1200
Biology 2  
CHEM 1121
Chemistry 1  
CHEM 1223
Chemistry 2  
ENGL 1100
English 1  
SOCI 1100
Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology  
SOCI 1200
Sociology 2: Canadian Society  
ECON 1100
Microeconomics  
ECON 1200
Macroeconomics  
PSYC 1100
Psychology 1  
PSYC 1200
Psychology 2  

Option C: UBC BA in Computer Science Transfer

No assured admission agreement is in place with UBC. To attempt admission into the 2nd year of the BA in Computer Science at UBC it is recommended that students complete the following courses:

CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 1 3
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3

In addition, it is recommended that students take:

Three elective courses chosen from: 9
ENGL 1100
English 1  
SOCI 1100
Sociology 1: Intro to Sociology  
SOCI 1200
Sociology 2: Canadian Society  
ECON 1100
Microeconomics  
ECON 1200
Macroeconomics  
PSYC 1100
Psychology 1  
PSYC 1200
Psychology 2  

The required GPA for transfer to other post-secondary institutions may vary based on transfer agreements with other institutions.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

11850 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 20895
Student union128
College initiative89
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource209
Laundry0
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 354
Graduation45
Program-specific extra fees0
Total
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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STATUS INFORMATION

  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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