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

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 are now closed, except the following (seats are limited):


Applications for the Fall 2018 term will open on May 15, 2018.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Seats in Upgrading classes are limited. Please see below for information on how to apply.

Program Application process

Online Upgrading programs, (includes):

  • High School - Anytime Online

 Apply online at Choose the "Upgrading" program from the "Select a Program" page.

Other programs and courses
For all other programs and courses, check the "Read about your study options" section at the top of this page to find links to the appropriate application or registration processes.
  • If you attended high school in Canada within the past 5 years, please bring a copy of your transcripts to the Office of the Registrar when you submit your application for admission.
  • 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.

See the Admissions and Placement Testing page for the test schedule and additional testing information

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 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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