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, or equivalent
Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
English 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent
English Language Proficiency demonstrated by one of the following:
Successful completion of VCC ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1100, or equivalent
IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) written within the last 24 months with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0, or equivalent
TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test) written within the last 24 months with a minimum score of 82, with minimum scores of 21 in reading and listening and 20 in writing and speaking, or equivalent
Language Proficiency Exam (LPI) written within the last 24 months with a minimum score of 4, 5 minimum in English Usage and a minimum score of 26 in composition, or equivalent. For admission to most courses, a minimum score of 26 on the essay section is required. Applicants who do not meet the requirement will be required to take ENSK 0902 Writing Skills 12 or ENSK 0926 Writing Skills 12 and ENGL 1100 English 1 concurrently
VCC English Language Assessment (ELA) written within the last 12 months, with a minimum score of 145 and a minimum score of 16/20 on the essay portion of the composition section, or equivalent
Langara English Test (LET) written within last 24 months with a minimum score of 4, or equivalent
Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite course(s) or equivalents leading to courses in the Associate degree (for example: prerequisite course Chemistry 12, or equivalent, needs to be successfully completed in order to take CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1). Please see the requirements for each course.
- 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.
- 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.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.
PLAR is available for the following courses:
MATH 1100 Calculus 1
MATH 1200 Calculus 2
MATH 1111 Introduction to Statistics
Students may complete up to 9 program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.
Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations.
To request PLAR, please contact the department directly.
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 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: Intro to 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||275|
|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.
OPEN DATE APPLICATION STATUS*