Academic Upgrading

Put yourself on the path to further education. We’ll help you get there. Improve your reading, math, and computer skills with basic literacy and essential skills courses. Get ready for your GED, take high school upgrading, and more.


Interested in Upgrading? Apply now. Students must apply before they can register in courses or apply for funding. See below for more information on how to apply.

Step 1 - Read about your study options

*For the programs with an asterisk (*) above, visit the program webpage for application and registration information. For all other programs, follow the steps listed under the Apply for Upgrading section below.

*For the programs with an asterisk (*) above, visit the program webpage for application and registration information. For all other programs, follow the steps listed under the Apply for Upgrading section below.

Students apply to Alberta College of Art + Design for the Artstream program. Visit the Artstream program page for more information.

Step 2 - Apply for Upgrading

Term Application Open / Closed Status

Fall
2017

Applications are now closed for the Fall 2017 term for all Upgrading programs  

Winter 2018

Applications are now closed for the Winter 2018 term for all Upgrading programs, except the following (seats are limited):

Spring 2018

Applications for the Spring 2018 term classes will open on January 18, 2018.

Submit your application on ApplyAlberta.

Apply Alberta

On the "Select Program" page, you should choose the following program:

ApplyAlberta selection
  • Choose the Upgrading program.
  • After selecting the Upgrading program, choose if you want the online or in-class program.

  • If an option doesn't appear, that means we aren't accepting applications for that delivery method.

    If you attended high school in Alberta, your transcripts will be sent to Bow Valley College when you apply through Apply Alberta.

    If you haven't completed any grade 10 to 12 courses in Canada in the last 5 years you will need to take the Bow Valley College placement test.

    Step 3 - After you apply

    After you apply, you should receive an email from Bow Valley College within 2 to 3 business days. This email will tell you if you are accepted into the Upgrading program and what you need to do next. Check your email often to make sure you don't miss this notice. 

    Alberta Works funding is limited. Visit the Alberta Works page to find out how to apply for Alberta Works funding.

    • There is a separate deadline for Alberta Works funding.
    • Only accepted students can apply for funding.
    • Apply to Bow Valley College as early as possible if you want to apply for Alberta Works funding.

    When a student is accepted into an Upgrading program, he/she will be sent information about how to register via email. Please check your email for Upgrading course registration information.

    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.

    Get help

    Contact the Prospective Student Centre for information and assistance. We can be reached at info@bowvalleycollege.ca or 403-410-1402 during regular business hours.

    • Indigenous students are welcome to call 403-476-2256 to speak with the Aboriginal Student Recruitment Specialist.
    • If you want to apply using a paper application, you can download a PDF of the application form here. Students applying for Anytime Online upgrading courses, cannot apply using a paper application.

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