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Apply to Academic Upgrading

Students must apply to Upgrading before they can register in courses or apply for Alberta Works funding. Please see below for more information on how to apply and register for upgrading at Bow Valley College.

Application Open / Closed Dates

Fall 2017 term
  • Applications are now closed for the Fall 2017 term for all programs except:
Winter 2018 term
  • Applications for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017.

How to Apply: Program-Specific Information


High School Upgrading - Aboriginal Program

(NoteApplications for this program for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017)

The Aboriginal Upgrading Program accepts learners of First Nations, Metis and Inuit descent, who are over 18 years of age, for either full-time or part-time studies.

  • For more information or help with the application process, please contact the Aboriginal Student Recruitment Specialist at 403-476-2256.

High School Upgrading - In class (Traditional and Flex class)

(Note: Applications for this program for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017)

  • If you would like to apply for Upgrading courses at the Calgary Campus (Traditional Classroom Learning and FlexClass Learning), please submit an application through Apply Alberta.
  • If you attended high school in Alberta, your transcripts will be sent to Bow Valley College automatically when you apply online through Apply Alberta.
  • If you have not completed any high school courses (grade 10 - 12) in Canada in the last 5 years, you will need to write the Bow Valley College placement test. The test schedule can be found on the High School Upgrading page, under the "Admission" section.

High School Upgrading - Anytime Online Learning


Career Program Pathways - Business and Health

(Note: Applications for this program for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017)

  • If you would like to apply for the Career Program Pathway - Business or Health, please submit an application through Apply Alberta.
  • If you attended high school in Alberta, your transcripts will be sent to Bow Valley College automatically when you apply online through Apply Alberta.
  • If you attended high school outside of Alberta, please send your transcripts to Bow Valley College directly.

GED Preparation Full-time

(Note: Applications for this program for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017)

  • If you would like to apply for GED Preparation Full-time course, please submit an application through Apply Alberta. To apply for the GED Preparation Full-Time Program, select the "Upgrading" program because the GED Preparation Full-time Program is part of the High School Upgrading Program.
  • If you attended high school in Alberta, your transcripts will be sent to Bow Valley College automatically when you apply online through Apply Alberta.
  • If you have not completed any high school courses (grade 10 - 12) in Canada in the last 5 years, you will need to write the Bow Valley College placement test. The test schedule can be found on the High School Upgrading page, under the "Admission" section.

GED Preparation Part-time Evenings

  • Register in person at the Registrar's Office or over the phone (403-410-1400) by paying the course fee.

Literacy and Essential Skills - Adult Basic Education

(Note: Applications for this program for the Winter 2018 term will open on September 12, 2017)

  • If you would like to apply for Adult Basic Education, apply to the "Upgrading" program online at Apply Alberta or in person at the Registrar's Office.
  • If you attended high school in Alberta, your transcripts will be sent to Bow Valley College automatically when you apply online through Apply Alberta.
  • If you have not completed any high school courses (grade 10 - 12) in Canada in the last 5 years, you will need to write the Bow Valley College placement test. The test schedule can be found on the High School Upgrading page, under the "Admission" section.

Literacy and Essential Skills - Literacy

  • To register for our Lifeline to Literacy, Intermediate Literacy, the Supported Adult Learning Classroom (formerly SARAW), and Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, please call 403-410-1525. 


After you Apply


You will normally receive an email from Bow Valley College 2 - 3 business days after you have submitted your application for Upgrading. This email will advise you of whether or not you have been accepted into the Upgrading program and/or what you need to do next.

Please check your email regularly.

Learners with Disabilities:
Learners requiring academic accommodations must contact the Learner Success Services at least four months prior to the commencement of their scheduled classes at Bow Valley College to establish an academic accommodation plan. Reasonable effort will be made to provide suitable academic accommodation; however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that start dates may have to be deferred in order to provide required accommodation. While the College will attempt to facilitate all learner requests for accommodation, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters. 

Registering for Classes


Once a student has been accepted into a Bow Valley College upgrading program, they can submit an Upgrading Registration & Payment Options Request form. This form will be sent to you via email or you can pick it up at the Registrar's Office front counter during regular office hours.

Registration for Fall 2017 term courses starts on May 15, 2017 for accepted students.

Exceptions:

Applying for Funding


If you are interested in applying for Alberta Works funding, see the BVC Alberta Works webpage for more information. There is a deadline to apply for funding, so please ensure you apply to Bow Valley College as early as possible.



More information


  • If you have questions about upgrading or the application process, contact the Prospective Student Centre for more information
  • If you want to apply using a paper application, instead of applying online through ApplyAlberta, you can download a PDF of the application form here.