Academic Upgrading, Certificate

Start small but dream BIG! We offer programs from basic literacy through high school upgrading including:

- Foundations of Academic Upgrading, Certificate

- Intermediate Academic Upgrading, Certificate

Upgrading Instructor with students

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Work experience

None

Study options

Full-time or part-time

Open to International

Yes

Length

4 months

Student Navigators

Weekdays 8am-4pm.
Valerie: Call 250-370-3847 or Cell 250-216-8692.
Tia: Text or Call: 250-216-7156 or 250-370-3466

A supportive learning community

As well as offering programs on both the Lansdowne and Interurban campuses, the School of Access engages with Community Learning Partners (CLP) off-campus sites to enhance your education.

    Upgrading Instructor with math student

    Our instructors are highly qualified and committed to providing a friendly and caring learning experience in an adult learning environment. We understand diverse learning needs and are committed to student success. We provide Help Centres staffed with expert tutors and filled with resources to assist you. 

    Advantages of upgrading at Camosun

    Our scheduling is flexible to fit your busy life: part-time, full-time, daytime, or evening. Take advantage of Camosun's customized upgrading to meet the admission requirements for specific trades, human services, or access career programs. 

    If you’re working towards admission into another Camosun program and enrolled in the courses you need to meet its admission requirements, your application may be granted provisional qualification status. You’ll need to complete your prerequisite courses at least two months prior to the start of your chosen program.

    Get an additional head start on program electives by combining your upgrading with university transfer courses.

    Apply today

    Programs

    BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD) and upgrading courses

    Camosun offers a range of upgrading (college prep) courses in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics to prepare you to enter trades, career programs or college and university programs and courses to help you gain admission requirements or finish grade 12.

    What you'll learn

    Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

    Program outline

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Program outline

    Certificate in Fundamental Academic Upgrading

    The Foundations Academic Upgrading program is designed for students who want to upgrade their basic reading, writing, and math skills.

    This program is available full or part-time and varies in completion time.  

    What comes next?

    Completion of this program certificate can prepare students for academic upgrading courses at the Intermediate level, and, in some cases, will provide direct entry into some college programs. For a full understanding of how this certificate can lead to other programs, students are encouraged to see an Academic Advisor.

    Certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading

    The certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading is designed for students requiring upgrading in math and English, as well as students who wish to undertake career exploration combined with academic preparation. 

    This program is available full or part-time and varies in completion time.

    What comes next?

    Completion of this certificate prepares students for courses at the Advanced (math) and Provincial levels (English) with ENGL 050, and for direct entry into Technology Access Programs, Health Care Assistant, as well as the math for the Electrical Foundation Program.

    Apply today

    Programs

    BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD) and upgrading courses

    Camosun offers a range of upgrading (college prep) courses in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics to prepare you to enter trades, career programs or college and university programs and courses to help you gain admission requirements or finish grade 12.

    Tuition and fees

    Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

    Estimated tuition

    Academic upgrading

    For domestic students, 0-level upgrading courses are tuition-free. Tuition fees, for other courses, vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

    For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees

    Student fees

    In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees

    Financial assistance

    The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers student fees, deposit, tuition (if applicable), required textbooks and childcare support for eligible students enrolled in 0-level upgrading courses.

    You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

    Financial Aid & Awards 

    Curriculum & courses

    Course list

    Course
    Course name
    Credits
    Tuition

    Admission requirements

    Fundamental Upgrading and Intermediate Upgrading

    Ready to get started? 

    When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

    Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

    All of:

    • By assessment*
    • Informational interview with the Foundations Dept Chair if a student's English assessment places them in ENGL 021, ENGL 022, ENGL 023, ENGL 024 or ENGL 025.  A student whose English assessment places them in ENGL 033 or above is not required to attend the informational interview.

    *Students are admitted based on their previous educational background and experience. A student should contact the Assessment Centre for an English or mathematics assessment.

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Apply today

     

    Missing admission requirements?

    Take an assessment or upgrade with us.

    Talk to a student navigator

    Student navigators are available to answer general questions and share their student experiences. 

    Email upgrade@camosun.ca or call weekdays, 8am-4pm

    Valerie Neaves: 250-370-3847
    Tia Primrose: Text or Call: 250-216-7156, Messages Only: 250-370-3466

    For admissions questions contact:

    Meet our instructors

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    Zahra Khimji

    Chair - Academic and Career Foundations

    Zahra has thirteen years of teaching experience in the Northwest Territories working closely with ABE and Indigenous students, as well as six years of ...

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    Puja Gupta

    Puja Gupta

    Math Instructor

    I am originally from a small city in India. I moved to Canada in 2008 and landed in this beautiful territory of the Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁ ...

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    Mice Albano

    Mice Albano

    English Instructor

    Mice Albano has been a visitor to the land of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ for the past 30 years. Her ancestors are from the Guarani nation in B ...

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    Faculty/staff profile

    Jennifer Bennett

    Jennifer Bennett

    Instructor, English, Math and Computer Studies

    Greetings! Originating from Ontario, I have English, Irish and French ancestry. I am grateful to have been a visitor on the beautiful land of the Coas ...

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    Karen Lightbody

    Karen Lightbody

    English, Math and Computer Studies Instructor

    I began supporting students in the School of Access in 2007 as an Instructional Assistant in English Language Development. Since that time, I have als ...

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    Mark Kunen

    Mark Kunen

    English and Math Instructor

    In 1970, I moved to Canada from the United States. Camosun College has been my place of work since 1978. I teach English and sometimes Math at the Vic ...

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    Mayu Toyoda

    Learning Coordinator, Learning Support

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    Faith Shields

    Faith Shields

    English and Math Instructor

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    Augustine (Ruse) Rusekampunzi

    Augustine (Ruse) Rusekampunzi

    Math Instructional Assistant - Academic Upgrading

    ACF Math Upgrading

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    Zack (Richard) Zajchowski

    Zack (Richard) Zajchowski

    Instructor, Academic and Career Foundations

    I'm Richard Zajchowski, but everyone knows me by my nickname "Zack". I have enjoyed many years of teaching/learning work at various Canadian post-seco ...

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    Atulah Kennedy

    Academic and Career Foundations, English Teacher

    Upgrading trades student in front of servers

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    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

    Contact information

    General questions

    Contact a Student Navigator

    Campus location

    Student Navigators are available on both Campuses weekdays, 8am-4pm
    Valerie Neaves: Call 250-370-3847 or Cell 250-216-8692
    Tia Primrose: Call: 250-370-3466 as well Text or Call: 250-216-7156

    Email:

    upgrade@camosun.ca

     

    Admission questions