High School Upgrading
If you did not complete high school, do not have the grades required to take the post-secondary program you want, or have been out of school for a long time, our high school courses may be for you. Our programs provide a variety of learning options to match your needs. We offer traditional classroom instruction or more flexibly scheduled self-directed learning. You can study at our campus or at home through one of our online options. On campus, you can take courses during the day or in the evening. Mature students who did not complete high school are able to gain credits to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma issued by Alberta Education.
Courses in Program
High school credit courses include:
(Note: Courses marked with * are not for Alberta Education High School credit.)
- English Language Arts 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
- Prep Math 10**
- Math 10-C, 10-3
- Math 20-1, 20-2, 20-3
- Math 30-1, 30-2, 30-3
- Math 31
- Science 14, 24,
- Science 10, 20, 30
- Biology 20, 30
- Chemistry 20, 30
- Physics 20, 30
- Human Sciences**
- Social Studies 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
- Microsoft Office Fundamentals* (2010)
- Microsoft Office 10, 20, 30* (2010)
** Math Preparation 10 (MAT1041) was discontinued by Alberta Education. Bow Valley College decided to continue with the course, renaming it to Prep Math 10 (ACF0038), because the concepts and skills covered by the course remain necessary for students to succeed in successive math courses, such as Mathematics 10 C, Math 20-1, and Math 20-2, Math 30-1, and Math 30-2.
Prep Math 10 is a new designation but the course has remained the same, with the same text and activities. Students who complete the course will receive 5 adult education credits with Bow Valley College, instead of credits with Alberta Education. The impact of this loss of Alberta Education credits will not impede students in their academic plans. With mature student status, Foundational Learning students do not require a high school diploma to enter post-secondary studies. Should students require a high school diploma, the 5 adult education credits can be used toward the high school equivalency diploma available for mature students.
**Human Sciences (SCNH030) is not for Alberta Education high school credit. Students who are interested in the LPN program at Bow Valley College may use Human Sciences as the science entry requirement and with a final mark of C or above may be eligible to receive credit for Anatomy and Physiology (ANPH150). Pre-requisites apply.
Transcripts for high school courses successfully completed in Canada within the last five years; OR:
- Obtain a high school level on the BVC Admissions/ Placement Test. Please arrive at the test room 30 minutes prior to testing time.
- BVC Admissions/Placement Test Schedule - April 2014
- BVC Admissions/Placement Test Schedule - May 2014
- Traditional Classroom Learning
- FlexClass Learning
- Pre-Practical Nurse
- Academic Upgrading Course map
- Exam Challenge
- Equivalency or Diploma examination for grade 12 courses
Students currently enrolled in Academic Upgrading courses at Bow Valley College can receive additional help from tutors at no charge. Drop-in appointments are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tutors can also be contacted by e-mail or phone. Students enrolled in science courses can complete assigned labs Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.