What you will learn
Upon successful completion of the Program, students will be able to:
- Use critical thinking skills to analyze text, interpret information, and solve problems.
- Compose well-organized and coherent text across several genres.
- Read, evaluate, and analyze a variety of text, including literature, articles and reports
- Use mathematical software to model and solve problems.
- Use mathematical models to represent and solve real-world problems across a variety of disciplines.
- Utilize research strategies to strategically search, identify, retrieve and utilize information from a variety of appropriate sources.
- Apply academic citation standards to correctly document information sources.
Additional Program Learning Outcomes (dependent on the electives chosen by students)
Upon successful completion of the Program, students may be able to:
- Apply scientific concepts, analyze scientific problems, and conduct biology, chemistry, and/or physics experiments.
- Apply responsible local and global citizenship skills in the areas of cultural diversity, human rights and safety, and the environment.
- Communicate personal values and positions on a variety of social issues.
- Discuss and evaluate Canadian history, government, law, culture, economy, and geography from 1914 to present.
- Analyze the effects of contact and colonization on First Nations people, including the impact of certain policies, such as the residential school system.
- Examine challenges faced by specific First Nations populations, such as women, veterans, elders, and youth.
- Analyze and synthesize ideas from multiple sources, by identifying main points and integrating own ideas.
- Communicate through a variety of methods including essays, summaries, debates, maps, charts, graphs, and presentations
- Use word processing software to apply typographic principles and create business and academic documents that include formulas, charts and macros.
- Design spreadsheets to analyze, interpret, and project outcomes.
- Make educational and career choices and develop action plans.
- Apply effective communication skills both professionally and personally.
- Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills relevant to work, life and school.
What to expect
The program is delivered by both the College and Career Access (CCA) and College Foundations (CF) departments and provides students with two course delivery options. CCA offers a self-paced delivery model, and CF offers a class-based delivery model. Students can choose to take courses through either or both departments.
Students receive individualized instruction and work/learn at their own pace using course material that is customized to accommodate their needs and enhance their success while meeting the course requirements. The instructional methodology is based on one-to-one model with instructors providing individualized instruction, guidance, and assessments to students. Students complete assignments and assessments according to a flexible schedule they determine with the instructors. Students can access the self-paced classrooms at any time of day they are open and receive six (6) hours of direct instruction per course per week.
Students receive instruction in classes that have a fixed schedule and instructor. In most cases, courses are delivered either six (6) hours per week or twelve (12) hours per weeks giving students the flexibility to take courses that best suit their needs and schedules. Students also have access to instructors during set office hours. Instruction is provided in classrooms and/or labs through lectures, seminars, and demonstrations. In general, course assignments and assessments follow a fixed schedule.
Students are admitted into the Program on an individual course basis as determined by the College and Career Access and College Foundations departments.
Students taking ABE courses through the College and Career Access require departmental approval prior to registering for courses.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 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.
- Ability to work independently
- Good communication skills
- Motivation and dedication to complete an academic program
- Ability to take initiative
- Ability to take responsibility for learning
- Reliability and dependability
- Respectful of others
- Ability to take directions and guidance
See full schedule for winter term 2020.
|Core Courses (Minimum of 8 credits)||8|
|English 12 Part 1|
|English 12 Part 2|
|English 12 Essential|
|Math 11 Part 1|
|Math 11 Part 2|
|Business/Technical Math 11|
|Foundations of Mathematics 11 Part 1|
|Foundations of Mathematics 11 Part 2|
|Elective Courses (Minimum of 28 credits)||28|
|Job Search Techniques|
|Education and Career Exploration|
|Biology 12 - Part 1|
|Biology 12 - Part 2|
|Chemistry 12 - Part 1|
|Chemistry 12 - Part 2|
|Computer Science 12|
|Word Processing 12|
|Spreadsheet Management 12|
|Database Management 12|
|Law 12 - Part 1|
|Law 12 - Part 2|
|Math 12 Part 1|
|Math 12 Part 2|
|Physics 12 Part 1|
|Physics 12 Part 2|
|Psychology 12 Part 1|
|Psychology 12 Part 2|
* 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||0|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
* 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. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
When applying - select Academic Upgrading Class Based or Self Paced
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 4V5