Earn credits toward a B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (“Adult Dogwood”) in a supportive and flexible learning environment.
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 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.
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- 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
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:
- COMP 0986 Digital Arts and Graphics
- COMP 0987 Computer Programming
Students may complete up to eight (8) credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates. See the course outlines for methods of assessment or contact the department for details.
See VCC’s D.3.5 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Policy and Procedures for more information.
|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|
|Foundations of Mathematics 11 Part 1|
|Foundations of Mathematics 11 Part 2|
|Business/Technical Math 11 Part 1|
|Business/Technical Math 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|
|Digital Art and Graphics|
|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|
|Social Science 11|
|Social Justice 12|
* 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*
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|Student union||128||per terms|
|College initiative||0||per course|
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Campus resource||10||per course|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
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* 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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- 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:
- Adult Basic Education Grade 10 - 12 (Class-Based Individual Courses), or
- Adult Basic Education Grade 10 - 12 (Self-Paced Individual Courses)
- 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.
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