Computers - Academic Upgrading - Self-Paced

Upgrade your computer skills to prepare yourself for today’s job market and for higher learning.

These self-paced, one-on-one courses offer training in Windows, word processing, spreadsheets and internet use and cover a wide range of skill levels. They can be used as prerequisites for other VCC courses as well as programs at other post-secondary institutions.

For more information, phone 604.871.7000, ext. 8546 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

Program one-pager
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, please contact 604.871-7000 ext. 8546 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 will 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
    • Introductory Skill level computer courses must have English 9 or equivalent: ie. CLBPT level 6
    • Advanced/Provincial Level Computer courses must have English 10 or equivalent

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

Earn your Grade 12 diploma, improve your literacy skills or upgrade your academic qualifications to pursue further study and start a new career.

VCC offers a range of academic courses for adults designed to meet individual goals. Attend an information session to learn about our math, science, computer and English courses, meet our teachers, ask questions and learn how to apply.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1120 East 7 Avenue at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Ask us about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant. Contact VCC Financial Aid for more info.

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule



(COMP 0735) Introduction to Windows
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0.0 credits course outline
(COMP 0740) Introduction to PowerPoint
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0 credits course outline
(COMP 0831) Introduction to Word Processing
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0.0 credits course outline
(COMP 0832) Introduction to Spreadsheets
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0.0 credits
(COMP 0982) Word Processing 12
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4.0 credits  course outline
(COMP 0984) Spreadsheet Management 12
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4.0 credits  course outline
(COMP 0985) Database Management 12
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4.0 credits course outline