Sciences - Academic Upgrading - Self-Paced

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

These courses include biology, physics and general science. They can be used as prerequisites for VCC career and University Transfer programs as well as programs at other colleges and universities.

Self-paced classes include Biology 11 and 12, Physics 11, General Science 10 and 11, and Science skills courses.

For information on self-paced courses, phone 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 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.

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.

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



(BIOL 0861) Biology 11 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(BIOL 0871) Biology 11 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(BIOL 0983) Biology 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(BIOL 0993) Biology 12 - Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 0861) Physics 11 - Part 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 0871) Physics 11 - Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(SCIE 0751) General Science 10
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline