- January 10, 2022
- May 05, 2022
For information on Tuition & Fees for Adult Basic Education courses, please click on the 'Course Tuitions' tab and the 'Other Fees' tab.
Our Adult Basic Education Program prepares you for further education and employment. The supportive and flexible learning environment will help you develop foundational skills in reading, writing, math, computers, and science. We also offer essential skills courses to build your digital skills, communication skills, planning and time management abilities, and much more.
We are committed to your success. Our team of instructors and support staff will work directly with you to help you reach your personal goals.
All courses will be taught in Traditional (TRAD) for FALL 2021:
- Daily face-to-face 75 or 150 minute classes Monday through Friday at our downtown campus
Recommended Technology Requirements:
When not in class, learners require regular computer access to stay engaged with course content and connected to their instructor and peers. Learners attending campus have access to computers in the Library and Learning Commons (North Campus, 1st and 2nd Floors).
For those interested in using a personal device, we recommend a device that
- Has reliable internet access
- Allows you to watch video and hear audio
- Has a camera
- Has a microphone
- Supports Microsoft Teams
- Supports D2L
- Allows you to receive and send email through your myBVC account
- Allows you to view PDF and Word documents
- Allows you to create text documents of 500 words and more
Our academic upgrading programs are eligible for Learner Income Support funding. Government of Alberta Learner Income Support (formerly "Alberta Works") is a financial support program managed by the Government of Alberta to support Alberta residents access adult education to help them towards more sustainable employment. Financial support may be available to you.
- Applicants are expected to obtain a minimum score on the Bow Valley College Admission/Placement Test
- Where possible, applicants may provide an official transcript or statement of marks
"When I first came back to school for upgrading at Bow Valley College, I was petrified. But as times went on, I got to know the teachers and the learner support people. Their doors are always open, no matter how busy they are, they always take the time to answer my questions."
Full course outlines are available here.Curriculum subject to change.
Courses in Program
Adult Basic Education credit
This course builds on basic reading and comprehension skills. Students will compare texts, study literary conventions and terms, and build vocabulary. Students read fiction including short stories and novels, as well as non-fiction texts. This course prepares students for Language Arts 4.
Prerequisites: Placement Test
This course builds on understanding basic English grammar practices by utilizing different parts of speech. Students will learn how to improve and develop their writing skills of sentences through the application of fundamental grammar processes. This course guides students through the basic structures and rules of the English language with the focus on improving skills that are necessary to write clearly and accurately and prepares students for Language Arts 4.
Language Arts 4 is a literacy course that prepares students to read and write in academic and real-world contexts. Learners are exposed to a variety of texts such as non-fiction, short stories, multimedia, and audio/visual presentations in order to build comprehension strategies. Learners engage with texts through skill-building tasks in order to enhance communication skills. This course prepares learners for Language Arts 5.
Prerequisite: C- in READ0103 and C- in WRIT0103
Language Arts 5 is a literacy course that continues to prepare students to read and write in academic and real-world contexts. Learners are exposed to a variety of texts such as non-fiction, short stories, multimedia, and audio/visual presentations in order to build comprehension strategies. Learners engage with texts through skill-building tasks. Learners will develop strategies of organization, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This course prepares learners for English Language Arts 10-1/-2.
Prerequisite: C- in ENGL0704 or C- in READ0104 and C- in WRIT0104
This course teaches students basic level math skills. Students will learn addition, multiplication, and fractions. Students also work with word problems. This course prepares students for Basic Math 2.
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in basic operations, and learn rounding, graphs, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and percent. This course prepares students for Basic Math 3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0701, D in READ0102, D in WRIT0102
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in ratio and proportion, percent, measurement, and geometry. This course prepares students for Prep Math 10, GED Math, and Math 10-3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0702, D in READ0103, D in WRIT0103
This course develops students' math skills. Students study number concepts, patterns and relations, variables and equations, measurement, geometry, and statistics. This course prepares students for Math 10C.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0703 and D in ENGL0704 or D in READ0104 and D in WRIT0104