College Prep

BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD) and upgrading courses.

Program at a glance

Credential

No credential

Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

No

Length

varies

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Upgrading mature student

Your first step is here!

Start in September, January or May

You don't need to complete high school to start your journey at Camosun!

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

Gain admission requirements or finish grade 12

Get ready to enter the trades, career training, college or university programs with upgrading courses in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Customize your learning

You can use Academic Upgrading courses to:

  • Meet prerequisites for other college courses and programs
  • Earn a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly known as an Adult Dogwood).
  • meet the admission requirements for specific trades, human services, or access career programs
  • Complete a Certificate in Academic Upgrading 

Get ahead

If you're working towards admission to another Camosun program you can enroll in courses to meet provisional qualification status

To get the most out of your time at Camosun talk to an Admissions Advisor

Why academic upgrading at Camosun?

  • Flexible scheduling to fit your busy life: part-time, full-time, daytime, or evening
  • Small class sizes mean more one on one attention
  • A friendly and caring, adult learning environment that supports diverse learning needs
  • Learn in your own community. Camosun offers upgrading courses on campus and at community based sites
  • Indigenous College Prep (ICP). Camosun offers a program, at the Saanich Adult Education Centre, designed for Indigenous students
  •  Extra help when you need it. Camosun students can access expert tutors in our help centres 

 

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

Programs

Looking for more than a course or two?

Combine academic upgrading with career exploration. Explore your career options while you gain admission requirements or finish grade 12 with Camosun's Academic Upgrading Certificate program.

What you'll learn

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

Upgrading courses

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

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

This diploma is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are an International student, please contact Camosun International for your options.

Your English and/or Math grades or assessment results will determine what courses you can register for based on the prerequisites for the course. Courses can be taken individually or grouped to complete a Certificate in Academic Upgrading or the 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 the Admissions Team.

For more details see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

High School RequirementCamosun Alternative
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Tuition and fees

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

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

College Preparatory

For domestic students, 0-level upgrading courses are tuition-free. For other courses, domestic tuition fees 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

Admission requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September, January or May intake.

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.

One of:

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

Apply today

Assessments and testing

We strongly recommend that you complete an assessment if your skills are rusty or your prerequisites are several years old. The assessment will help to determine if your current skills are sufficient, or whether taking a refresher course first would give you a better chance of success.

Our Teaching Staff

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

Faculty/staff profile

Kristine Kerins

Kristine Kerins

Chair, English

Kristine is a third generation lover of words. Her mother taught English and drama before becoming a librarian and curriculum coordinator, and her gra ...

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Jane Dillon-Davis

English Instructor

I have degrees in English and Education from the University of Alberta. For many years, I have worked for Continuing Education and College Preparation ...

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Margaret Fast

Margaret Fast

Instructor, English

Margaret began her postsecondary education at Camosun 25 years ago.  She continued her education at the University of Victoria and Dalhousie Univ ...

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Jennifer Guenther

Jennifer Guenther

Instructor, English

Jen joined the English Department in the fall of 2016. She teaches written composition, technical writing, and English literature in the School o ...

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Brenda Proctor

Brenda Proctor

Instructor, English

Courses Teaching/Taught: ENGL 092 Provincial English Composition

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Patrick Montgomery

Patrick Montgomery

Chair, Math & Statistics

Patrick joined Camosun College in 2014, and is excited to play a part in the mathematical journey of our students. He started his education at the Uni ...

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Gemma Cuizon

Instructor, Mathematics

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Crystal Lomas

Crystal Lomas

Instructor, Mathematics

Crystal attended UNBC in Prince George for her undergraduate studies in physics and applied mathematics. After graduating, she came to Victoria to pur ...

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Bogdan Verjinschi

Instructor, Mathematics

Bogdan started working at Camosun College in 2001, and became full-time in 2006. He has been teaching a variety of Math courses for both Arts & Sc ...

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Need advice?

Thinking about going back to school is a huge step. Admission Advisors are here to help. 

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.

Valerie Neaves:
250-370-3847
Cell 250-216-8692

Tia Primrose:
Text or Call: 250-216-7156
Messages Only: 250-370-3466

Email:

upgrade@camosun.ca