What you will learn
Program learning outcomes include core outcomes that align with the required courses in the program and additional outcomes that align with elective courses in the program. Additional program outcomes will be dependent on the elective courses chosen by the student.
Core Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills across a variety of disciplines
- Locate, select, and manage a variety of information resources
- Compose a variety of writing that is clear, logical, and structured.
- Demonstrate reading skills and comprehension at the Intermediate level.
- Solve practical problems involving fractions, decimals, ratios, percent, measurement, basic statistics, geometry, and 1st order algebra.
Additional Program Learning Outcomes (dependent on the electives chosen by students)
Upon successful completion of the program, students may be able to:
- Identify, describe, and use scientific concepts related to various areas of science.
- Identify interests, values, and temperaments that will inform a career/educational pathway.
- Apply study and communications skills required for success in further study or employment.
- Use current computer technology to communicate, do research, produce material, manage information, and complete assignments.
- Identify the characteristics of an active and responsible global citizen.
- Discuss social issues from multiple perspectives and describe their personal points of view.
- Discuss and evaluate Canadian history, government, culture, economy and geography from 1815 to 1914.
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 taking Self Paced ABE courses through the College and Career Access department need permission from the department to register for courses.
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 who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
- 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 other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.
- 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
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Prior learning assessment and recognition
Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.
|Required Courses (minimum 8 credits)||8|
|English 10 Part 1|
|English 10 Part 2|
|Math 10 Part 1|
|Math 10 Part 2|
|Job Search Techniques|
|Education and Career Exploration|
|Computer Studies 10|
|Information & Research Fund|
|Social Science 10|
* 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
|Student union||128||per term|
|College initiative||0||per course|
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Campus resource||10||per course|
|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.
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Don't forget to:
- Submit your official transcripts to the Registrar's Office when you apply (for Class-Based applicants)
- Check Important Dates for deadlines and registration information
- When applying, under Select Your Program choose:
- Class-Based Academic Upgrading Grade 10 - 12, or
- Self-Paced Academic Upgrading Grade 10 - 12
- Your application must be complete and approved
- Class-Based students can register online
- Self-Paced students should contact the College and Career Access department to discuss options and get permission to register. A departmental assessment might be needed to determine the level that is best for you. You can contact the College and Career Access department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.