University Transfer – Engineering

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Complete first-year engineering at VCC and apply for admission into second-year degree programs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Victoria (UVIC), University of Northern BC (UNBC), and Thompson River University (TRU).

Tuition: 6362*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 1 0 year
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: May, Sep

What you will learn

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and apply it to critically solve problems
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques, including the use of appropriate equipment and instrumentation
  • Develop original designs to solve engineering problems
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret laboratory data, and draw sound conclusions
  • Effectively communicate ideas and project results
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well independently and in groups
  • Engage in informed debate on topics related to technology
  • Effectively apply scientific and engineering concepts towards subsequent coursework

What to expect

The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and computer and laboratory applied practical experiences. Classes may be delivered face-fo-face, blended, or fully online.

Admission requirements


All students must meet the general college entrance requirements.

  • 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
    • VCC Math 0983/0993 with a minimum 'B' grade, or
    • VCC Math 1020 with a minimum 'C' grade, or
    • VCC Math Precalculus Test (MPT) with a minimum of 72%.
  • Knowledge of physics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Physics 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or
    • VCC Physics 0983/0993 with a minimum 'C+' grade.
  • Knowledge of chemistry demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Chemistry 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or 
    • VCC Chemistry 0983/0993 with a minimum 'C+' grade.


  • 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.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Motivated and disciplined.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Some word processing experience.

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program. 

Successful completion of a minimum of 43 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:

Term One Credits
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
PHYS 1100 Physics 1 4
CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1 4
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
  Credits 14
Term Two
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
PHYS 1200 Physics 2 4
CHEM 1223 Chemistry 2 4
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
  Credits 14
Term Three
ENGL 1100 English 1 3
PHYS 1170 Mechanics 1 3
SCIE 1100 Engineering, Technology and Society 3
SCIE 1110 Professional Communication 3
SCIE 1151 Engineering Graphics & Design 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 43

Fees and other costs *

NOTE: Tuition fees vary for each course. Course tuition rates range from approximately $310 - $985. The amount shown below is the estimated total tuition.

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

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

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 6362
Student union192
College initiative106
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource177
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 531
Program-specific extra fees0

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