You can use Academic Upgrading courses to help meet prerequisites for other college courses and programs, or to obtain a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly known as an Adult Dogwood).
Academic upgrading courses are also part of Access Progams offering guaranteed admission of advanced standing in:
With the regular classroom format, all students start on the same day, work through the course material together, and finish the course at the same time. The instructor leads the students through the material each day.
With the continuous intake format, students start their studies at different times throughout the year. Individual students in the same room may be studying different levels of courses. The instructor is there to help, but each student must be prepared to work independently.
Students who are self-disciplined and work well with printed instructions will be successful in the continuous intake environment.
Note: All courses may not be offered at all campuses. Check with Academic Advising at your campus for details.
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
To enter the Academic Upgrading program, you must be at least 18 years old.
To enrol in Academic Upgrading courses, you can:
BC Adult Education is Tuition-Free*.
Please note the following fees.
There are grants available for the Academic Upgrading program. Find out if you are eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant.
We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.