Career Access - Academic Upgrading

Learn more about yourself and the world of work through Career Access courses offering assistance in career and educational decision making.

These courses help students learn how to research occupations, adjust to the changing labour market, set realistic goals and conduct a successful job search. Career Access courses are ongoing and taught in a flexible format to suit the adult learner's schedule.

For more information, phone 604.871.7000, ext. 8301 or 604.871.7000, ext. 7366


This program is tuition-free, however other fees (e.g. application fee, U-Pass fee) are still charged.
For assistance with these costs, ask VCC Financial Aid about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant.

Program Status:

Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous Varies VCC Transcript Broadway and/or Downtown Full or Part-time

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Prior to applying contact 604.871.7000, ext. 8301 or ext. 7366 for information.

Program Description

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Students should be 18 years of age or older, or out of the public school system for at least one year
  • College assessments in reading, writing and mathematics may be required
  • All students must see an advisor for course placement and permission to register
  • ESL students wishing to register in self-paced:
    • Mathematics must have completed Upper Intermediate English or higher
    • Physics must have completed Upper Advanced English or higher
    • Biology must have completed English 059 or higher, and
    • General Science must have completed Upper Advanced English or higher.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Student Union Fee $55 - per term
College Initiative Fee $8 - per course
U-Pass Fee $41 - per month subject to eligibility
Other Costs $8 - Campus Resource Fee

Approved Adult Upgrading Grant may cover the cost of these classes. See Financial Aid for Applications

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Find out what you want to do with your life and learn to self-market by taking career planning, communications and job search courses at VCC. Join us for a brief information session to find out about these great part-time courses.

Need more information?

Allison Schubert
604.871.7000, ext. 8301


Date Day Time Room Location
October 21, 2019 Monday 1 - 1:30 p.m. 516 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule



(ACED 0700) Career Planning 12
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4.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0701) Assessment and Career Options
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0.0 credits
(ACED 0702) Career Decisions and Action Plans
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0.0 credits
(ACED 0706) Effective Communication
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0.0 credits
(ACED 0707) Job Search Techniques
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0709) Education and Career Exploration
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2.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0710) Work Experience
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0711) Communications
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0750) Student Success
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2.0 credits