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The Academic Upgrading Department offers a complete range of learning opportunities, from literacy through grade 12 equivalency and College preparation courses, on a full or part-time basis. Students can earn the high school prerequisites they need to enter college-level courses at GPRC or at other educational institutions.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older in the semester in which they plan to attend the program. English and Mathematics placement assessments may be necessary in order to properly place students in their courses.
When do applicants write a placement assessment?
- if they have been out of school for two or more years
- if they received less than 60% in Alberta Education English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 or in Alberta Education Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 30-1
- if they have not taken courses in the Alberta Education English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 or Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 30-1
Applicants will need to provide their high school transcript with their application to confirm successful completion of prerequisite and co-requisite courses, including the following:
Students may register in the next higher level of mathematics (MA0120 or MA0130) if they achieved a mark of 60% or better in Alberta Education Mathematics 10C or Mathematics 20-1, within two years of admission to GPRC.
Students may register in the next higher level of English (EN0120, or EN0132, EN0130) if they achieved a mark of 60% or better in Alberta Education English 10-1 or 20-1, or equivalent, within two years of admission to GPRC.
If students have successfully completed a GPRC or Alberta Education Science course within two years of admission they may enroll in the next sequential Science course if other prerequisites are met. If it has been more than two years since successful completion, then it is recommended that students speak with an Academic Upgrading advisor.
Note: Applied Mathematics will be considered equivalent to the -3 level for the purpose of prerequisites for Science courses (e.g. Mathematics 20 Applied=MA0123 or Mathematics 20-3).
To register in SL0120, students must have a minimum of 60% in Alberta Education Social Studies 10-1 or minimum grade 10 equivalent English placement results. To register in SL0130 students must have a minimum of 60% in Alberta Education Social Studies 20-1 or 30-2.
Courses in Academic Upgrading
Academic Upgrading offers a broad range of courses in a variety of subject areas that span pre-high school to high school equivalency. All upgrading courses are identified as “HS” courses in the Course Descriptions section of the calendar. Look for upgrading courses in these subject areas: Biology (BI), Chemistry (CH), Computers (CP), English (EN), French (FR), Mathematics (MA), Physics (PC), Science (SC), and Social Studies (SL). Not all courses may be offered in the current year. Consult the timetable or the Department of Academic Upgrading for courses offered this year.
The Alberta Transfer Guide identifies the following Academic Upgrading courses as the equivalent of Alberta Education courses
Alberta Education High School Course
Biology 20, Biology 30
Chemistry 20, Chemistry 30
EN0110, EN0120, EN0130, EN0132
English 10-1, English 20-1, English 30-1, English 30-2
French 20, French 30
MA0110, MA0120, MA0130, MA0131
Mathematics 10C, Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31
MA0113, MA0123, MA0133
Mathematics 10-3, Mathematics 20-3, Mathematics 30-3
Mathematics 20-2, Mathematics 30-2
Physics 20, Physics 30
Science 10, Science 30
Social Studies 20, Social Studies 30
Certificate of Achievement in Grade 12 Equivalency
Students can apply for a Certificate of Achievement in Grade 12 Equivalency from GPRC if they successfully complete (receive a passing grade in) English and either Mathematics or Social Studies as listed:
- English (EN0130 or EN0132) or an equivalent grade 12 level English course from another institution
- MA0130 or MA0132 or MA0133 or an equivalent grade 12 level Mathematics course from another institution or SL0130 or equivalent (Social Studies 30-2 is also acceptable).
In addition to English and Mathematics or English and Social Studies listed above, students must successfully complete two other grade 12 level courses from the following:
- Mathematics (if not used above)
- Social Studies (if not used above)
- One departmentally approved grade 12 option, which may be a second language other than French, music, art, drama, business education, home economics, physical education, industrial education or a departmentally approved post-secondary course
A minimum of two required grade 12 equivalent subjects must be taken with GPRC. An official transcript must be presented to verify courses and grades completed at other institutions.
If these requirements have been met, students can apply online through their myGPRC accounts.