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English, Social Sciences and Humanities - Academic upgrading


Upgrade your education in English, social sciences and the humanities to prepare yourself for today’s job market and for higher learning.

These courses cover topics such as reading, research, academic writing, grammar, vocabulary, critical thinking and media literacy. They can be used as prerequisites for VCC career and University Transfer programs as well as programs at other colleges and universities.

Scheduled classes include English 11 and 12, Reading and Writing Skills, Psychology 12, Law 12, and Economics 12.

For information, please phone 604.871.7000, ext. 7289


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:
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous Varies Intermediate or Advanced Certificate or Provincial Grade 12 Diploma Broadway and/or Downtown Full or Part-time

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

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.

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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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Fall 2019 (201970)

(ENGL 0981) English 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits course outline



ENGL 0981 (English 12 - Part 1) is the first half of Adult Basic Education Provincial Level English(Literature). This course introduces students to a variety of Canadian/non-Canadian, classic and contemporary short stories. Students also read classic and contemporary poems and learn about poetic literary devices. Through these works, students learn about symbolism, theme, characterization, irony, context, and setting. Students learn how to write, research, and edit paragraphs and essays. Students also develop presentation and critical thinking skills.

Both ENGL 0981 and ENGL 0991 are required for completion of ABE Provincial Level English (Literature).

ENGL 0981 and ENGL 0991 may be taken in any order or at the same time.

Prerequisites: ENGL 0871 (English 11- Part 2)  or equivalent.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  75609 BWY-A Rm. 3701
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1500 - 1659
03-Sep-2019
to 24-Oct-2019
Lindsay, Kathryn
  75610 BWY-A Rm. 3700
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
03-Sep-2019
to 20-Dec-2019
Lindsay, Kathryn
  75611 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
03-Sep-2019
to 24-Oct-2019
Patterson, John


(ENGL 0991) English 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  75926 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
28-Oct-2019
to 20-Dec-2019
Patterson, John
  75927 BWY-A Rm. 3701
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1500 - 1659
28-Oct-2019
to 20-Dec-2019
Perras, Laurent


(LAWS 0982) Law 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  75575 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
03-Sep-2019
to 24-Oct-2019
Patterson, John
  75575 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned
03-Sep-2019
to 24-Oct-2019
Patterson, John


(LAWS 0992) Law 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  75928 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
28-Oct-2019
to 20-Dec-2019
Patterson, John


Upcoming Schedules in Winter 2020 (202040)

(ENGL 0981) English 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits course outline



ENGL 0981 (English 12 - Part 1) is the first half of Adult Basic Education Provincial Level English(Literature). This course introduces students to a variety of Canadian/non-Canadian, classic and contemporary short stories. Students also read classic and contemporary poems and learn about poetic literary devices. Through these works, students learn about symbolism, theme, characterization, irony, context, and setting. Students learn how to write, research, and edit paragraphs and essays. Students also develop presentation and critical thinking skills.

Both ENGL 0981 and ENGL 0991 are required for completion of ABE Provincial Level English (Literature).

ENGL 0981 and ENGL 0991 may be taken in any order or at the same time.

Prerequisites: ENGL 0871 (English 11- Part 2)  or equivalent.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  44781 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
06-Jan-2020
to 28-Feb-2020
TBATo be assigned
  44782 BWY-A Rm. 3251
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
06-Jan-2020
to 28-Feb-2020
TBATo be assigned


(ENGL 0991) English 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  44784 BWY-A Rm. 3255
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
06-Jan-2020
to 24-Apr-2020
Loveday, Jolene
  44313 BWY-A Rm. 3709
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
02-Mar-2020
to 24-Apr-2020
Patterson, John
  44314 BWY-A Rm. 3251
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
02-Mar-2020
to 24-Apr-2020
Patterson, John


(PSYC 0981) Psychology 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  44729 BWY-B Rm. 2227
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1500 - 1659
06-Jan-2020
to 28-Feb-2020
Najarian, Bahman


(PSYC 0991) Psychology 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  44763 BWY-B Rm. 2227
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1500 - 1659
02-Mar-2020
to 24-Apr-2020
Najarian, Bahman


Course(s)

Communications for Health Sciences (CCAC 1084)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits course outline
English 10 - Part 1 (ENGL 0750)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
English 10 (ENGL 0751)
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0.0 credits
English 10 - Part 2 (ENGL 0752)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
English 11 - Part 1 (ENGL 0861)
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4.0 credits course outline
English 11 - Part 2 (ENGL 0871)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
English 12 - Part 1 (ENGL 0981)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
English 12 - Part 2 (ENGL 0991)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
Writing Skills 12 (ENSK 0902)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits
Law 12 - Part 1 (LAWS 0982)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
Law 12 - Part 2 (LAWS 0992)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
Psychology 12 - Part 1 (PSYC 0981)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
Psychology 12 - Part 2 (PSYC 0991)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline