University Transfer – Software Systems (SFU)

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Complete first-year software systems at VCC and transfer directly into second-year degree programs at Simon Fraser University.

Tuition: *
Credential: Certificate
Length: 1 0 year
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: May, Sep

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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. 

Assured SFU Software Systems Degree 2nd Year Admission Pathway

Assured admission under this pathway requires completion of this Certificate.  The number of students receiving assured admission from VCC to SFU is capped at 10 per year.  Students must have an overall average GPA of 3.2 on the courses required for the pathway which are listed below (calculated based on the best attempt for each course) and an overall average of 3.2 (again, calculated based on the best attempt for each course) on all work combined in order to be considered for the 'assured admission' pathway.  Students who have been previously required to withdraw from another institution would be considered ineligible for the assured admission pathway as would students who were formerly in a Computing, Engineering or Mechatronics program at SFU.  Students must achieve an overall 3.0 CGPA from all post-secondary transfers from the last three years.  

The assured admission pathway does not apply to international students. While the certificate is fully transferrable to SFU’s Computing Science and Software Systems Degree, international students’ GPA requirements may vary at the time of transfer.

The following courses must be completed as part of this pathway:

CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3
MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1120 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
MATH 1221 Applied Linear Algebra 3
MATH 2700 Probability and Statistics for Science and Engineering 3
SCIE 1100 Engineering, Technology and Society 3
SCIE 1110 Professional Communication 3
Select one of the following electives: 3
SOCI 1100
Sociology 1: Introductory Sociology  
SOCI 1200
Sociology 2: Canadian Society  
ECON 1100
ECON 1200
PSYC 1100
Psychology 1  
Total Credits 30

Of these courses, the following core courses must be taken at VCC:

SCIE 1110 Professional Communication 3
SCIE 1100 Engineering, Technology and Society 3
CMPT 1010 Introduction to Computer Programming 1 3
CMPT 1020 Introduction to Computer Programming 2 3

Other (non-core) courses in the certificate that are taken at post-secondary institutions other than VCC may be used towards completion of the VCC/SFU Computing pathway, providing that they transfer independently to SFU and receive the same credit at SFU as does the VCC pathway course. All credits must be obtained within sixteen months. In addition, for at least two of the terms at VCC, students would need to meet a minimum course load of 12 credits. 

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