Academic Upgrading Pre-Grade 10 Skills

CREDENTIAL: Statement of Completion

Improve your pre-Grade 10 reading, writing, math, computer, and career exploration skills. Join our small supportive classes or flexible self-paced sessions. For students aged 16 and older. 

Tuition: *
Credential: Statement of Completion
Length: 0 0 Varies
Hours: Part- or Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Self-paced
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Continuous

What you will learn

  • Develop fundamental reading and writing skills for home, work, college and community life

  • Develop fundamental skills to solve everyday problems with whole numbers, decimal numbers, fractions, ratio and percent

  • Build confidence with keyboarding, the Internet, email, and Microsoft Word

  • Gain skills for academic success

What to expect

  • New ABE Fundamentals English students begin in ENGL 0300: Topics in Fundamental English. New ABE Fundamentals Math students begin in MATH 0300: Topics in Fundamental Math. These courses include skills refreshers, academic goal setting, and referral to appropriate follow-up courses.
  • After completing our program, students may wish to enroll in Grade 10 courses in the College and Career Access Department or College Foundations Department.

Admission requirements


Students applying to ABE Fundamentals courses must be:

  • able to understand and comfortably speak English

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • age 16 or older

To get permission to register, drop by the ABE Fundamentals Department Office: Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:00pm (No appointment needed). VCC Broadway Campus, Building A, Room 2713.

Note: The ABE Fundamentals Office is closed every summer from July 1 to the end of August. Please email or phone 604.871.7369 during this time.


  • 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.

Recommended Characteristics

ABE Fundamentals courses is suitable for students who:

  • are able to work co-operatively in a group or independently in a self-paced classroom

  • have not completed Grade 10 or were streamed into an Evergreen certificate

ABE Fundamentals is not an appropriate placement for students who have a strong academic background indicated by post-secondary training at a university or similar academic institution. 

Students are referred to the Vancouver Community College program that best meets their educational needs. Students who need more work on oral language skills are normally referred to EAL programs. Students with cognitive disabilities and students who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired are normally referred to specialized programs for students with disabilities.

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