You can take English Upgrading at Camosun!
You can choose from a variety of Camosun English upgrading courses that will serve your needs. Whether you want to meet employment requirements, progress into college and university preparatory level upgrading courses or gain the requirements to start the BC Adult Graduation diploma, we have a choice that is right for you. There are great benefits to upgrading at Camosun.
Which English courses should I take for:
- Upgrading to English 10 or below?
- Trades, Health Care Assistant, or Access career programs?
- Upgrading to English 12 alternative courses?
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I qualify for Camosun's English alternative courses?
- Why does Camosun turn English 12 into two courses?
- What grade will I need in a Camosun English 12 alternative course to meet requirements?
- How much does it cost?
- What if English is not my first language and I want to meet an English requirement?
Which English courses should I take for upgrading to English 10 or below?
We offer a full range of upgrading courses and programs to the grade 10 level. Courses are offered in a self-paced format daytime and evening, year-round. Most classes are held at our Interurban campus. Some are also offered at Lansdowne Campus, and others are held at several community and First Nations partner sites.
If you wish to learn to read and write for practical purposes, our Workplace Literacy and Numeracy certificate will help you acquire basic literacy skills to help you succeed in the workplace.
Which English courses should I take for Trades, Health Care Assistant, or Access career programs?
We offer career-focused English and math upgrading courses that target the knowledge and skills needed to enter trades, Health Care Assistant, or Access career training programs. You'll upgrade your skills in a timely, relevant way with one-to-one instruction in a supportive environment.
Which English courses should I take for upgrading to English 12 alternative courses ?
We can help you choose the right English 12 option, the one that best matches your goals and your current English skills. There are four pathways to consider.
Career and Academic Preparatory
If your goal is to complete high school requirements for a program offered at Camosun or elsewhere, meet requirements for the BC Adult Graduation diploma, or gain English skills needed for employment, choose one of these options.
You have two choices:
- ENGL 092 Provincial English Composition and ENGL 094 Provincial English Literature (together equivalent to Provincial English 12); OR
- ENGL 092 Provincial English Composition and ENGL 096 Provincial Indigenous Literature (together equivalent to Provincial English 12)
College and University Preparatory
You are ramping up for further academic post-secondary studies like first-year college or university transfer writing courses.
You will take:
Choose this single course if you want to meet an English 12 prerequisite with a business/technical perspective.
You will take:
ENGL 142 Academic/Professional English
If you are a non-native English speaker, choose this option to improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills for college or university transfer programs.
You have several options:
What are we talking about?
- Application is the first step toward admission to a program at Camosun.
- Registration is the process of signing up for courses.
- A collection of courses that usually leads to a credential.
- A course covers one subject, such as Math 108 Applied Calculus or History 206 Canadian Women: 1916-Present.
- University Transfer Course
- A University Transfer (UT) course is a course that transfers to at least one research university listed on the BC Transfer Guide.
- Co-operative Education
- Co-operative Education is a learning model that allows you to gain work experience in your chosen field while enrolled in your academic program.
- Abbreviation and Number
- Identifies the course, such as ENGL 151. The abbreviation and number appear on timetables, course registration forms and transcripts.
- The descriptive name of the course, such as Academic Writing Strategies.
- Credit values are based on hours per week.
- Courses you need to take before registration into your desired course.
- Courses you need to take at the same time as your desired course.
- Pre or Corequisites
- Courses you need to take either at the same time, or before, your desired course.
- Students are admitted into college programs and courses based on their previous educational background and experience. If your high school transcripts are dated, or if you do not have any transcripts, you will need to take an assessment of your current skills before registering. The results from the assessment will indicate where to start for success. Learn more.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
How do I qualify for Camosun’s English alternative courses?
You are admitted based on your previous educational background and experience.
On a high school transcript, a letter grade of:
- "C" or better in English 10, 11 or "C" in 12 will get you into ENGL 092 plus 094 or 096; and
- "C" or better in English 11 or "C" in 12 will get you into ENGL 103 plus 104; or ENGL 142.
No transcript? Been out of school for awhile? Take an assessment.
If your transcripts are missing or your writing and reading skills are a bit rusty, it's best to start with an English Assessment. This might save you time and money if your assessment shows you already qualify for your college program. If that's not the case, your assessment will show where you should focus your efforts. The important thing is to match your needs with the right course (or courses) so that you can accomplish your goals.
Why does Camosun turn English 12 into two courses?
Not everyone needs both components of English 12—composition and literature. By splitting English 12 into separate courses, you focus on specific skills. You can develop your composition skills and then apply them to the literature component.
What grade will I need in a Camosun English 12 alternative course to meet requirements?
If you're looking to use your Camosun course(s) for admission into a Camosun program, you will need a "C" grade or higher because our courses are specifically tailored to prepare you for our programs. This compares favourably with the "C+" in a high school English 12 course that is needed to meet admission requirements for most Camosun programs.
What if English is not my first language and I want to meet an English requirement?
If you are a non-native English speaker, we offer English Language Development (ESL) courses and programs to help you speak and write English with confidence. Courses range from basic to advanced levels and focus on academic preparation.
How much does it cost?
0-level Academic Upgrading
If you're taking 0-level courses, your tuition and student fees may be fully covered. Adult Upgrading Grant applications are currently being accepted. Call or visit Financial Aid & Awards for more info.
Tuition for upgrading courses varies according to the number and level of the course(s) you take.
Tuition will be charged for Academic Upgrading courses and ESL courses (English Language Development) along with student society fees & levies. You will find individual course fees on the Camosun website. You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Adult Upgrading Grant to cover these costs. For more information, visit Financial Aid.
ELD (ESL) – Permanent Residents and Canadian citizens may be eligible for financial assistance through the Adult Upgrading Grant. For more information, visit Financial Aid. International students should refer to the Camosun International website.
If you have a permanent disability, you may be eligible to receive specialized funding. Contact the Centre for Accessible Learning for more information.
If you have Indigenous ancestry, you may be eligible to receive specific grants or funding from a variety of sources. Contact an Indigenous Advisor to learn more.
Last updated: September 26, 2017 3:01 pm