University Transfer – Computing Science and Software Systems

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Start your computing science degree at VCC in a supportive learning environment with attentive instructors. Credits transfer to post-secondary institutions across British Columbia.

Tuition: 6349*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate critical thinking into theoretical reasoning and decision making.
  • Work collaboratively in computing laboratory activities.
  • Utilize information literacy abilities to determine the nature and extent of information required.
  • Develop appropriate presentation styles to produce clear and accurate written, verbal, and visual communication for clients and other professionals.
  • Utilize accepted research processes and abilities in all professional enquiries, communications, and scholarship.
  • Apply scientific and quantitative methodology as well as analytical skills.
  • Apply problem-solving in math and computer programming.


What to expect

The courses are delivered using a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and activities, including lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and applied computing experiences.

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Precalculus 12 with a minimum 'B' grade, or equivalent
    • Math 0983 and MATH 0993 both with a minimum 'B' grade, or equivalent
    • Math 1020 with a minimum 'C' grade, or equivalent
    • VCC Math Precalculus Assessment Test (MPT) with a minimum 72% grade
  • Knowledge of science demonstrated by one of the following:  
    • Physics 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  PHYS 0983 and PHYS 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
    • Chemistry 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  CHEM 0983 and CHEM 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
    • Biology 12  with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or  BIOL 0983 and BIOL 0993 both with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent


  • 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 or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Motivated and disciplined.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Some word processing experience.

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

For students attempting the assured pathway to Simon Fraser University, PLAR is not allowed, as per the agreement with SFU. 

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 6349
Student union128
College initiative86
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource157
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 354
Program-specific extra fees0

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