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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 program provides a variety of learning options to match your needs. We offer traditional classroom instruction during the fall and the winter terms or ongoing flexibly scheduled self-directed learning. You can study at our campus or at home through our online option and you can take courses during the day or you can come 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:

Courses offered 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
  • Math 10-C, 10-3
  • Math 20-1, 20-2, 20-3
  • Math 30-1, 30-2, 30-3
  • Math 31
  • 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
  • Aboriginal Studies 10, 20, 30
  • Microsoft Office Fundamentals* (2010)
  • Microsoft Office 10* (2010)
Academic Upgrading Course Map

Admission Requirements 

  • Transcripts for high school courses successfully completed in Canada within the last five years; OR:
  • Obtain a high school level on the Bow Valley College Admissions/Placement Test:                                 

Tutor Support 

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.