Camosun stands with Indigenous peoples

From Sherri Bell, President

The revealing by the Penelakut Tribe of 160+ undocumented and unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kuper Island Industrial School and foreshore deepens the pain of all Indigenous peoples.

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College Prep

Get the basics or get ready for college or university. Take one course or complete the courses needed for a certificate.

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Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

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Where do you want to go?

Start in September, January or May!

Get the basics or get ready for college or university. Take one course or complete the courses needed for a certificate.

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.

Gain admission requirements or finish grade 12

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

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.

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.

Camosun offers a variety of other support services to help you succeed. Because you're already part of our college community, you'll enjoy a smooth transition into programs at Camosun.

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.

An Investment in Your Future

Invest in yourself! Gain academic skills for life, further learning and work and enjoy college benefits and services.

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Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. 

Course Fees

Additional Student 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.

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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 detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

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, Creative Writing and 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 ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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Brenda Proctor

Brenda Proctor

Instructor, English

Courses Teaching/Taught: ENGL 092 Provincial English CompositionRead more

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Patrick Montgomery

Patrick Montgomery

Math Instructor, Math Access Chair

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 ... Read more

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Gemma Cuizon

Instructor, Upgrading Math College Prep

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Crystal Lomas

Crystal Lomas

Upgrading Math Instructor - College Prep

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

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Bogdan Verjinschi

Upgrading Math Instructor, College Prep

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 ... Read more

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Academic Upgrading

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Campus location

Lansdowne Campus
School of Arts & Science
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2

Location link

Lansdowne Campus