What you'll study

Using the results of your assessment (please contact admissions in regards to the assessment) as a guide, an instructor will help you choose courses from the list below.

Academic Upgrading course repeat policy

Academic Upgrading course repeat policy A student who has received two consecutive final letter grades of “F” in the same Academic Upgrading course can only enrol in that same course for a third consecutive time with permission from a counsellor or the dean/principal. However, the student may enrol in the same course again after a one-semester break.

Fundamental Level

COMP 020 Basic Computer Studies

This course is designed primarily for students with little or no computer experience. Students will learn essential computer concepts and terminology, including the theory of computer architecture, hardware, software, and networks. Through hands-on experience, students will acquire skills with computer applications such as word processing (Word) and the Internet.

ENGL 021 Fundamental Preparatory English 1

ENGL 021 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 022. Areas covered include pre-reading, beginning reading, pre-writing, beginning writing and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills).

Prerequisite: Interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment.

ENGL 022 Fundamental Preparatory English 2

ENGL 022 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 023. Areas covered include beginning reading (e.g., phonics, personal and functional sight words), beginning writing (e.g., complete sentences, short messages) and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills). Students work in small classes with other adults at a similar skill level.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 021 or interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment

ENGL 023 Fundamental Preparatory English 3

ENGL 023 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 024. Areas covered include reading (e.g., word attack skills, summarizing short passages), writing (paragraph format) and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills). Students work in small classes with other adults at a similar skill level.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 022 or interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment

ENGL 024 Fundamental Preparatory English 4

ENGL 024 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 025. Areas covered include reading (e.g., increased reading fluency), writing (e.g., expanded paragraph writing skills), and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills). Students work in small classes with other adults at a similar skill level.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 023 or interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment

ENGL 025 Fundamental Preparatory English 5

ENGL 025 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 026. Areas covered include reading, writing and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills). Students work in small classes with other adults at a similar skill level.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 024 or interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment

ENGL 026 Fundamental Preparatory English 6

ENGL 026 provides students with the skills necessary to enter ENGL 030. Areas covered include reading, writing and essential skills and strategies for learning (oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills). Students work in small classes with other adults at a similar skill level.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 025 or interview with the Academic Upgrading placement person and participation in a reading and writing assessment

MATH 015 Fundamental Mathematics (Competency Based)

This is a course designed for the student who has some understanding of whole numbers and who wants to expand his or her knowledge of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, estimation, and problem solving.

MATH 020Basic Preparatory Mathematics (Competency Based)

This course is a review of basic operations in whole numbers, decimals and fractions, basic operations with ratio and proportion and percent, as well as an introduction to metric measurement, geometry, and graphing.



Intermediate Level (roughly equivalent to Grade 10)

COMP 030 Intermediate Computer Studies

Computer Studies 030 builds on the skills acquired in Computer Studies 020. Through hands-on experience, students will acquire skills with computer applications such as Windows XP file management, spreadsheets (Excel), and advanced word processing. The course allows students to experience the project development while improving their software skills and knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets.

ENGL 030 Intermediate Preparatory English

ENGL 030 is designed to provide students with the communication skills needed to enter higher level courses or to satisfy personal or career goals. This course focuses on the following core areas: composition and grammar, literature, interpersonal communication, reading comprehension, and study skills.

Prerequisite: English 026 or English 9 or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

MATH 030 Intermediate Algebraic Mathematics

This course includes an introduction to the metric system, ratio and proportion, roots and powers, manipulation of formulas, an extensive introduction to algebra, basic geometry, graphing and writing equations from graphs, and right angle triangle trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Math 026 or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

SCI 030 Intermediate Preparatory Science

This course is an introductory study of the basic principles of biology, chemistry, and physics. Some topics of investigation include the scientific method, cells, environmental science, atoms and compounds, periodic table, writing and balancing chemical equations, problem solving, simple machines, and energy and matter. This course fulfills the prerequisites for Biology 045, Chemistry 045, and Physics 045.

Prerequisites: ENGL 026 and MATH 026 or as evaluated by the Academic Upgrading placement test



Advanced Level (roughly equivalent to Grade 11)

BIO 045 Advanced Preparatory Biology

Advanced Preparatory Biology is a lab oriented course dealing with the basic elements of biology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of ecology and will include a survey of the diversity of plant and animal life.

Prerequisites: English 030 or English 10 or appropriate reading comprehension level as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test
(112 total course hours)

CHEM 045 Advanced Preparatory Chemistry

This course covers such topics as measurement, states of matter, composition of matter, structure of the atom, periodic table, bonding, naming compounds, formula writing, mole and composition problems, equations and calculations, solutions, and introductory organic chemistry. Lab work is an integral part of this course.

Prerequisites: Science 030 or Science 10 in the last three years and/or as evaluated by a Chemistry Placement Test; and Math 030 or Math 10 in the last three years and/or skills as evaluated by a Math Placement Test
Corequisite: Math 044 or Math 045 (If an applicant tests at the Math 050 level on the Math Placement Test, then they are exempt from the Math corequisite)
(112 total course hours)

CNST 045 Advanced Preparatory Canadian Studies

This course looks at Canada’s role in contemporary society and examines a number of global issues such as population, food supplies, urbanization, and environmental damage and their effect on Canada.

Prerequisite: English 030 or as evaluated by a placement test

COMP 045 Advanced Computer Studies

Through hands-on experience, the student acquires skills with a variety of computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics and presentation software. Supporting discussions include introductory theory of computer architecture, hardware, software, networks, and computer use in society.

Prerequisites: English 030 or English 10 and one of Math 030, Principles of Math 10, Foundations of Math and Pre-calculus 10 or Computers 030; or appropriate reading and math levels as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

ENGL 045 Advanced Preparatory English

The course includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Extensive writing and research skills are taught. There is a literature component, as well as a section on media literacy.

Prerequisite: ENGL 030 or English 10 or as determined by a Academic Upgrading placement test

MATH 041 Trades Math I

The course is designed for students who are pursuing a career in trades or a trades related field. It serves as a math prerequisite for either entry-level programs or apprenticeships. This course emphasizes basic mathematics skills and their practical application in trades. Topics include whole number operations, decimals, fractions, measurement systems and instruments, geometry of plane and solid figures, Pythagorean Theorem, ratio, proportion, percentage, geometric constructions with circles, triangles, and lines plus trades related problems for all topics.

Prerequisite: Math 026 or as placed by the Academic Upgrading placement test

MATH 042 Trades Math II

This course is designed for students who are pursuing entry-level trades training or an apprenticeship in a trade which requires a background in algebra and trigonometry. Students entering electrical, millwright, machinist, power engineering, or computer/network electronics technician programs could use this course as a math prerequisite. Topics include review of fractions, decimals, percentage and ratio and proportion plus operations with signed numbers, exponents, roots, basic algebra, formula use and manipulation, Pythagorean Theorem, right triangle trigonometry, solution of linear and quadratic equations plus trades-related problems for all topics. The course is competency based.

Prerequisite: One of Math 030, Math 041, Apprentice and Workplace 10, Foundations of Math and Pre-calculus 10 completed within the last three years or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

MATH 044 Advanced Developmental Mathematics

The course includes math for science, number and number operations, geometry, algebra—linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, factoring polynomials, simplification, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational expressions.

Prerequisite: Math 030 or Principles of Math 10, or Foundations of Math and Precalculus 10 completed within the last year or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

MATH 045 Advanced Algebraic Mathematics

This course includes a core of algebra; factoring; radicals; exponents; graphing; solving linear, simultaneous, and quadratic equations; formulas; functions; and trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Math 030 with a grade of “B+” or higher, Math 044,or “B+” or higher in Principles of Math 10, Foundations of Math and Pre-calculus 10 completed within the last year or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

PHYS 045 Advanced Preparatory Physics

This introductory physics course prepares students to the Physics 11 level. It covers such topics as measurement, motion, dynamics, energy, electricity, and heat. Lab work is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: One of Math 030, Math 044, Principles of Math 10 or Foundations of Math and Pre-calculus 10 or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

Prerequisite or Corequisite: Math 045, or one of Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11 taken within the last year or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test, or Math 045 as a co-requisite.
(120 total course hours)

SCI 045 Advanced General Science

This is a general science course developed primarily for students who have had little or no science background. Advanced General Science is a lab-oriented course that introduces students to the basics of scientific inquiry, scientific terminology, chemistry and biology, including cell biology, viruses, bacteria, botany, and ethnobotany.

Prerequisite: English 030 or English 10 or appropriate reading comprehension level as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test



Provincial Level (roughly equivalent to Grade 12)

BIO 050 Provincial Preparatory Biology

A lab-oriented course dealing with the basic elements of biology. The emphasis will be placed on the study of cell biology, bio-energetics, genetics and human biology.

Prerequisites: One of Biology 045, Biology 11, English 045, English 12 or English 12: First Peoples; or appropriate reading comprehension level as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

CHEM 050 Provincial Preparatory Chemistry

This course covers such topics as: gas laws, liquids and solids, energy and changes of state; water reactions, solutions; acids, bases, and salts; oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry; reaction ratesand chemical equilibria; organic chemistry. Lab work is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisites: CHEM 045 or Chemistry 11 completed within last three years and one of MATH 044, MATH 045, or Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Precalculus Math 11 completed within the last year; or appropriate math level as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test

ENGL 050 Provincial Preparatory English

This course emphasizes writing, research, and communication skills. There is a strong literature component, which includes study in all literary genres.

Prerequisite: English 045 or English 11 (not Communications 11) or as evaluated by a Academic Upgrading placement test.

ENGL 051 Provincial Preparatory English: First Peoples

This course is designed to introduce the student to Aboriginal perspectives while developing writing, research, and oral communication skills. There is a strong literature component which includes study in various literary genres.

Prerequisite: English 045 or English 11 (not Communications 11) or as determined by the appropriate CNC placement test

MATH 050 Provincial Preparatory Algebraic Mathematics

This course is designed for students who are seeking admission to technical programs or who need to meet a prerequisite of Math 12. This course will also prepare students for introductory calculus. Topics include polynomials; equations and inequalities; imaginary and complex numbers; sequences and series; and exponential, logarithmic, circular, trigonometric and inverse functions.

Prerequisite:Math 045 completed within the last year or as evaluated by an Academic Upgrading placement test.

PHYS 050 Provincial Preparatory Physics

Provincial Preparatory Physics introduces students to the physical laws governing motion in two dimensions, electrical field, electromagnetism, vibrations and waves, and optics. Problem solving, critical thinking, and experimentation are important components of the course.

Prerequisites: Physics 045 or Physics 11 completed within last three years, and one of Math 045, Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus Math 11 completed within the last year or appropriate math level as evaluated by the Academic Upgrading math placement test
(112 total course hours)

Academic Upgrading

  • Credential: Certificate/Diploma
  • Type: Full-time or part-time
  • Campus: Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel, and Vanderhoof
  • Fees: $544 (per course)
These fees are an estimate.