Location
Start Dates

  • January 10, 2023
  • May 08, 2023
  • September 05, 2023
Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Combined Online
  • Hyflex
  • Any-time Online

For information on Tuition & Fees for High School Upgrading courses, please click on the 'Course Tuitions' tab and the 'Other Fees' tab.

Program Description

Bow Valley College offers high school upgrading in four modes of instruction.   

High School – Any time online (ATOL)

This is an online delivery mode where learning activities take place at the times and location of the learners own choosing using online communication technologies. Learners are not required to participate in any scheduled learning activities but must meet online with an instructor weekly to ensure progress in the course.

The following courses will be offered as ATOL for the 23WINT term. 

  • Mathematics 10-3 / 20-3 / 30-3 

High School – Blended (OT)

This is a mixed course delivery mode which allows learners to participate in scheduled in class sessions, attending scheduled online audio/video sessions, or by viewing the recorded class sessions at a time of the learners choosing, while working through the course materials posted online.  Scheduled exams may be required. 

The following courses will be offered as OT for the 23WINT term. 

  • Biology 30 
  • Chemistry 30
  • English Language Arts 10-1 / 20-1
  • English Language Arts 10-2
  • Mathematics 10-C 
  • Mathematics 20-1 

High School – Combined Online (COOL)

This is an online delivery mode which combines elements of scheduled and non-scheduled learning activities, providing flexibility and a level of freedom while completing high school courses.  You can study from home, overseas, while working or travelling and still maintain contact with your instructors through drop-in and scheduled appointment times Monday through Friday.

The following courses will be offered as COOL for the 23WINT term. 

  • Indigenous Studies 10 / 20 / 30
  • Chemistry 20
  • English Language Arts 20-2 / 30-2
  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 20-2 / 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Mathematics 31
  • Microsoft Office 10
  • Physics 30
  • Science 10 / 20 / 30
  • Social Studies 20-2 / 30-2
  • Social Studies 20-1 / 30-1  

High School – Traditional (TRAD)

If you like regular scheduled face-to-face classes, you may want to choose one of our courses offered in TRAD. Some features of this learning option are: 

  • Daily face-to-face 75-minute classes Monday through Friday at our downtown campus 
  • Live lessons offered daily between 8:00am - 5:00pm   

The following courses will be offered as TRAD in the 23WINT term. 

  • Biology 20 / 30
  • Chemistry 20 / 30
  • English Language Arts 10-2 / 20-2 / 30-2
  • English Language Art 30-1
  • Mathematics 10-C
  • Mathematics 20-2 / 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Microsoft Office 10
  • Physics 20
  • Science 10
  • Social Studies 10-2

Technology Requirements

To participate in the online components of our course's learners are required to have regular access to the following:

  • Reliable internet access which allows you to watch video and hear audio
  • A desktop, laptop or tablet which
    • has a camera and a microphone for online participation
    • supports Microsoft Teams, D2L and emailing through your myBVC account
    • allows you to view PDF and Word documents and allows you to create text documents of 500 words or more

*Please see BVC Calendar for exact listings as well as times and days of course offerings.

Things to Keep In Mind

  • You will require strong time management skills, intermediate computer skills and the ability to work independently to be successful in your studies.
  • Communication with your instructor is via Microsoft Teams audio/video chat, telephone, email, and face to face at our downtown campus.
  • You will be able to access your courses through D2L and make use of unit guides, assignments, media, and other resources.
  • You will be required to meet weekly deadlines and engage in collaborative group work.
  • Science courses may have mandatory in person and online interactive labs.  These will help you in understanding the course materials through experiment procedures.

You can buy your textbooks online through the College Bookstore

Financial Support

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.

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Ojeen

"The School of Foundational Learning is a place where the instructors strive to rebuild your confidence and where your success is important to them. Through the encouragement I have received from my instructors while upgrading over the last two years, I was able to achieve all the courses I needed to take my next step at University."

Ojeen Youhana

Student, Academic Upgrading 2018

Course Listing


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Courses in Program

In Class course delivery subject to change

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students explore and respond to novels or book-length nonfiction, film, Shakespearean plays, poetry, and short stories. Students write personal, critical, and analytical response to texts. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 20-1. The -1 stream helps students develop skills needed to write and critically analyze literature and nonfiction.
Prerequisite: B in ENGL0705 or B in READ0105 and B WRIT0105

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students explore and respond to novels or book-length nonfiction, film, modern plays, poetry, popular nonfictions, and short stories. Students write personal and critical response to contexts and texts. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 20-2. The -2 stream helps students improve functional and critical reading and writing skills.
Prerequisite: C- in ENGL0705 or C- in READ0105 and C- WRIT0105

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students explore and respond to novels, film, Shakespearean plays, modern drama, poetry, essays, and short stories. Students write personal, critical, and persuasive response to texts, literary texts, and prose. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 30-1. The -1 stream helps students develop skills needed to write and critically analyze literature and nonfiction.

Prerequisite: C- in English 10-1

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students explore and respond to novels, film or book-length nonfiction, modern plays, poetry, and short stories. Students write personal, critical, and persuasive response to contexts, prose, and non-print texts. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 30-2. The -2 stream helps students improve functional and critical reading and writing skills.
Prerequisite: C- in English 10-2

This is an Alberta Education Diploma credit course. Students read and respond to novels, film or modern plays, Shakespearean plays, poetry, short stories, and popular nonfiction. Students write personal, persuasive, and critical response to literary texts, prose, and other texts. The -1 stream helps students develop skills needed to write and critically analyze literature and nonfiction.
Prerequisite: C- in ELA2105

This is an Alberta Education Diploma credit course. Students explore and respond to novels or book-length nonfiction, film, modern plays, poetry, essays and short stories. Students write personal, critical, and persuasive response to contexts, prose, and non-print texts. The -2 stream helps students improve functional and critical reading and writing skills.
Prerequisite: C- in English 20-2 or English 20-1

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students will explore historical aspects of globalization, the effects of globalization on lands, cultures, human rights and quality of life. Through multiple perspectives students examine the effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and beyond, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities. Students will develop skills to respond to issues emerging in an increasingly globalized world.
Prerequisites: C- in ENGL0705 or C- in READ0105 and C- in WRIT0105

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students will explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. The course covers the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international and global relations. Through multiple perspectives students develop understandings of nationalism and how nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of people in Canada. This course prepares students for Social Studies 30-1.
Prerequisites: C- in SST1772

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students will examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world, the origins of nationalism as well as the impacts of nationalism on individuals and communities in Canada and beyond. Students examine examples of nationalism, ultranationalism, supranationalism and internationalism from multiple perspectives. Students will develop personal and civic responses to emergent issues related to nationalism. This course prepares students for Social Studies 30-2.
Prerequisites: C- in SST1772

This is an Alberta Education diploma credit course. Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. Students analyze various political and economic systems assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship encourages students to respond to emergent global issues.
Prerequisites: C- in SST2771

This is an Alberta Education diploma credit course. Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism. Students examine various political and economic systems to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.
Prerequisites: C- in SST2772 or D in SST2771

In this course students study the Aboriginal Perspective on oral tradition, worldview, traditional societies, contact, and cultural exchange. This course highlights current issues, art, and literature in Aboriginal cultures.
Pre-requisite: C- in ENGL0705

In this course students study Aboriginal history and culture change in Canada. This course highlights the Aboriginal way of life, the effect of colonization, the Metis and Inuit struggles, treaties, assimilation, and education.
Pre-requisite: C- in SSN1154

In this course students study contemporary Aboriginal issues including inherent rights, traditional governance, Aboriginal rights and self-government, land claims, communities in today's society, and world issues.
Pre-requisite: C- in SSN2154

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Topics include spatial sense and reasoning, algebra and number sense, graphing, and study of relations.
Prerequisite: C+ in MATH0801, D in ENGL0705 or D in READ0105 and D in WRIT0105; MAT1791 (repeat)

This is an Alberta Education credit course. The -3 stream is designed for students who want to enter the trades or directly into the workforce. Topics include spatial reasoning and measurement, number sense, critical thinking, and algebra.
Prerequisite: D in MATH0801 or C+ in MATH0703; MAT1793 (repeat)

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Topics include algebra and number sense, trigonometry, quadratic functions, quadratic equations, and reciprocal functions. The -1 stream is designed for students who want to enter post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus.
Prerequisite: Math 10C with a grade of C

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Topics include logical reasoning, properties of angles and triangles, acute triangle trigonometry, sine and cosine law, radicals, and quadratics. The -2 stream is designed for students who want to enter post-secondary programs that do not require calculus.
Prerequisite: Math 10C with a grade of C-

This is an Alberta Education credit course. The -3 stream is designed for students who want to enter the trades or directly into the workforce. Topics include spatial reasoning and measurement, number sense, critical thinking, statistics, and algebra.
Prerequisite: D in Math 10-3

This is an Alberta Education diploma credit course. Topics include algebra and number sense, trigonometry, inverses of relations, logarithms, exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, and permutations. The -1 stream is designed for students who want to enter post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus.
Prerequisite: C in Mathematics 20-1

This is an Alberta Education diploma credit course. Topics include logical reasoning, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and probability. The -2 stream is designed for students who want to enter postsecondary programs that do not require calculus.
Prerequisite: C- in Mathematics 20-2

This is an Alberta Education credit course. The -3 stream is designed for students who want to enter the trades or directly into the workforce. Topics include spatial reasoning and measurement, number sense, critical thinking, statistics, algebra, and probability.
Prerequisite: D in Mathematics 20-3

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Math 31 is taken as a corequisite or pre-requisite to Math 30-1. Topics include differential and integral calculus, algebraic computations of functions and graphs. This course helps prepare students who want to study university level mathematics.
Prerequisite: B in Math 30-1

This is an Alberta Education credit course. Students in this course will study energy and matter in chemical change, energy flow in technological systems, cycling of matter in living systems, and energy flow in global systems.
Prerequisite: C- in SCIE0801 , C- in ENGL0105 or C- in READ0105 and C- in WRIT0105, C- in MATH0801

This is an Alberta Education credit course. It is intended for students who do not need specialized sciences in career programs or trades. Students in this course study chemical changes, changes in motion, the changing earth, and changes in living systems.
Prerequisite: C- in SCN1270

This is an Alberta Education diploma credit course. It is intended for students who do not need specialized sciences in career programs or trades. Students in this course study how living systems respond to their environment, chemistry and the environment, electromagnetic energy, and energy and the environment. This science course is accepted as a 30 level science in many post-secondary institutions and career programs.
Prerequisite: C- in SCN2270

This is an Alberta Education credit course. This course analyzes energy and matter exchange in the biosphere, ecosystems and population change, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and human systems. This course prepares students for Biology 30.
Prerequisite: C in SCN1270

This is a diploma course for Alberta Education credit. This course analyzes nervous and endocrine systems, reproduction and development, cell division, genetics and molecular biology, and population and community dynamics. This course prepares students for post-secondary programs in health and biological sciences.
Prerequisite: C- in SCN2231 or D in BIOL0201

This is an Alberta Education credit course. This course analyzes the diversity of matter and chemical bonding, forms of matter, matter as solutions, acids and bases, quantitative relationships in chemical changes.
Prerequisite: C in SCN1270 and C- in MAT1791

This is a diploma course for Alberta Education credit. This course analyzes thermochemical changes, electrochemical changes, chemical changes of organic compounds, chemical equilibrium focusing on acid-base systems. This course prepares students for post-secondary programs that focus on chemistry and other sciences.
Prerequisite: C- in SCN2796 or C- in CHEM0201

This is Alberta Education credit course. This course analyzes kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, work, and energy, oscillatory motion and mechanical waves.
Prerequisite: C in SCN1270 and C- in MAT1791

This is Alberta Education diploma credit course. This course analyzes momentum and impulse, forces and fields, electromagnetic radiation, and atomic physics.
Prerequisites: C- in SCN2797 or C- in PHYS0201

This course consists of modules working in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Each module has 2 to 3 units with a final project. There is no final exam. Upon successful completion of COMP0702, COMP0101, COMP0201 and COMP0301, students will be proficient at an intermediate level in each of the Microsoft Office Applications.
Prerequisite: B in COMP0702, D in ENGL0705 or D in READ0105 and D in WRIT0105

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