Academic Upgrading, Certificate

Foundations of Academic Upgrading, Certificate

Intermediate Academic Upgrading, Certificate

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

Yes

Length

4 months

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Upgrading female math student

Gain confidence and open doors to higher learning

Our courses and programs help you gain confidence, prepare for further academic studies, complete admission requirements to college or university programs, meet employment requirements or satisfy a personal goal.

Upgrading Instructor with math student

Foundations of Academic Upgrading program offers three study options:

  • Certificate in Fundamental Academic Upgrading

  • Certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading

  • Individual courses are also available for Pre-requisites

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

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.  

Opportunities for Academic Advancement

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.

Opportunities for Academic Advancement

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, HCA, as well as the math for the Electrical Foundation Program.

Individual courses are also available for Pre-requisites

Gain admission requirements or finish grade 12

Camosun offers a range of upgrading courses in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics that prepare you to enter trades and career programs or college and university programs and courses.

Courses can be taken individually or grouped to complete a Certificate in Academic Upgrading or the BC Adult Graduation Diploma. 

BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD)

BC Adult Graduation Diploma. for adult learners who want to take courses in order to complete high school and obtain their adult high school diploma, contact an Admissions Advisor.

You will take five courses, including:

  • a Language Arts 12 BC secondary course, or ABE equivalent or higher, and
  • a Math 11 or 12 BC secondary course, or ABE equivalent or higher, and
  • three Grade 12 level BC ministry-authorized courses or ABE equivalent or higher

To Apply for the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD) please email credentials@camosun.bc.ca with your request.

A supportive learning community

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.

Tuition-free for domestic students

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. 

Upgrading mature student

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. 

Course Fees

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Access.

You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

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.

Our teaching staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

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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 ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

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 ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Nicolas Mai

Nicolas Mai

Math Instructor

Hello, and welcome to Academic Upgrading at Camosun College. My heritage is French on my father's side and Africaaner on my mother's. I moved to the b ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Faith Shields

Faith Shields

English and Math Instructor

Faculty/staff profile

Augustine (Ruse) Rusekampunzi

Augustine (Ruse) Rusekampunzi

Math Instructional Assistant - Academic Upgrading

Faculty/staff profile

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 ... Read more
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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Contact a Student Navigator

Questions? We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Student Navigators are available on both Campuses from 8am-4pm weekdays.

Email:

upgrade@camosun.ca