Start Dates

  • May 05, 2022
  • September 06, 2022
Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
  • Any-time Online

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Spring/Summer intake.

Open Studies is available only for domestic learners.

If you plan to take Open Studies at one of our regional campuses, apply here.

Program Description

Open Studies at Bow Valley College (Calgary Campus) is a pathway that allows students to take selected post-secondary level courses to qualify for admission to most certificate or diploma programs at the College.

If you plan to take Open Studies at one of our regional campuses, apply here

Students missing requirements to qualify for admission for Bow Valley College programs have a number of options to meet those requirements including Open Studies, academic upgrading, our admissions/placement exam, and the GED test, depending on the program.

Upon achieving an appropriate final grade in the course, we accept:
  • ENGL1201 in place of high school English 30-1 for most programs
  • ANAT1101 in place of high school Biology 30 for our Practical Nurse Diploma
  • MGMT1201 in place of high school English 30-1 only for Chiu School of Business and School of Technology programs
  • MGMT1501 in place of high school Math 30-1 only for Chiu School of Business and School of Technology programs

Open Studies is not an independent program and is limited to a selection of entry-level courses which qualify students for admission to a Bow Valley College program or for advanced standing.

As a pathway to admission, applicants to 
Open Studies do not need to meet specific academic requirements to the College, only the standard English Language Proficiency requirements – see the Admission Requirements section below.


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Welcome Centre

South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669

Admissions Requirements

Results Minimum required score
BVC Academic English 1 Not accepted
BVC Academic English 2 Minimum grade of Grade B-
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) 50
Canadian Language Benchmarks 8 in each strand (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
 Duolingo 95 - 100
IELTS Academic

6.0 with minimum band score 6.0

Pearson Test of English (PTE) A 59 - 64

OR: Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the Career Program

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction. Click for more information.

OR: Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

For full information, visit bowvalleycollege.ca/elp.

Course Listings Request More Information
Welcome Centre

South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669

Course Listing

Courses are subject to change.

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

This comprehensive course introduces the structure of the human body and its relationship to the function and integration of the twelve body systems as well as how they work to maintain homeostasis. Learners will gain an in depth understanding of the organization of the human body from the chemical and cellular level to the tissues, organs and organ systems. This course will also facilitate understanding of the terminology associated with the human body.

Confident business communication requires learners to explore the changing landscape of digital media, while developing writing skills and techniques to compose competent, professional communications. In this course, learners explore research tools to aid in effective oral presentations and strengthen interpersonal skills to be an effective communicator in the Canadian workplace.

This course will cover business uses of math and algebra with specific topics including: percentages; ratios, proportions and currency exchange; merchandise mathematics; break-even and cost-volume-profit analysis; simple interest; compound interest including present and future value, annuities, loans and mortgages.

Program FAQs

You decide how many courses you want to take each term. You can take up to 15 credits per term. Nine credits is considered to be a full-time course load. 

No. Open Studies is not a program and does not have a certificate or diploma exit.

No. You may, however, be able to transfer credits from other post-secondary institutions to Bow Valley College post-secondary programs.

There is an application fee of $75 for domestic learners. There is also no confirmation fee.

The courses you take through Open Studies are used as an admissions pathway to a certificate or diploma program. You must still apply, meet the admission requirements, and be accepted into your program of choice.

You should contact the Welcome Centre at 403-410-1402 or info@bowvalleycollege.ca to learn more about about which courses can be used as an admissions pathway towards a Bow Valley College certificate or diploma program.

  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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