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Academic Upgrading

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. You can earn the high school prerequisites you need to enter college-level courses at GPRC or at other educational institutions.

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), Comprehension Skills (LL), 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.

Admission Requirements

You must be 18 years of age or older in the semester in which you plan to attend the program.  English and Mathematics placement assessments may be necessary in order to properly place you in your courses.

Placement Assessment
When do you write a placement assessment?

  • if you have been out of school for two or more years
  • if you received less than 60 percent in Alberta Education English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 or in Alberta Education Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 30-1
  • if you have not taken courses in the Alberta Education English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 or Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 30-1

You will need to provide your high school transcript with your application to confirm successful completion of prerequisite and co-requisite courses, including the following:

You may register in the next higher level of mathematics (MA0120 or MA0130) if you achieved a mark of 60 percent or better in Alberta Education (Mathematics 10C or Mathematics 20-1), within two years of admission to GPRC.

You may register in the next higher level of English (EN0120, or EN0132, EN0130) if you achieved a mark of 60 percent or better in Alberta Education English 10-1 or 20-1, or equivalent, within two years of admission to GPRC.

If you have successfully completed a GPRC or Alberta Education Science course within two years of admission you 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 you 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)

Social Studies
To register in SL0120, you must have a minimum of 60 percent in Alberta Education Social Studies 10-1 or minimum grade 10 equivalent English placement results.  To register in SL0130 you must have a minimum of 60 percent in Alberta Education Social Studies 20-1 or 30-2 

The Alberta Transfer Guide identifies the following Academic Upgrading courses as the equivalent of Alberta Education courses

Academic Upgrading

Alberta Education High School Course

MA0110, MA0120, MA0130, MA0131

Mathematics 10C, Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31

MA0122, MA0132

Mathematics 20-2, Mathematics 30-2

MA0113, MA0123, MA0133

Mathematics 10-3, Mathematics 20-3, Mathematics 30-3

EN0110, EN0120, EN0130 EN0132

English 10-1, English 20-1, English 30-1, English 30-2

SL0120, SL0130

Social Studies 20, Social Studies 30

PC0120, PC 0130

Physics 20, Physics 30

CH0120, CH0130

Chemistry 20, Chemistry 30

BI0120, BI0130

Biology 20, Biology 30

FR0120, FR0130

French 20, French 30

SC0110, SC0130 Science 10, Science 30

Additional Information

Certificate of Achievement in Grade 12 Equivalency

You can apply for a Certificate of Achievement in Grade 12 Equivalency from GPRC if you 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 33 is also acceptable).

In addition to English and Mathematics or English and Social Studies listed above, you must successfully complete two other grade 12 level courses from the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics 0130 or Mathematics 0132 or Mathematics 0133 (if not used above)
  • Mathematics 0131 or Mathematics 31
  • Physics
  • Science
  • 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 you meet these requirements, please complete an Application form, available from Student Services.

Contact Information

Academic Upgrading
Office: B301
Phone: 780-539-2707
Fax: 780-539-2775
Web: Visit Homepage
GPRC Grande Prairie
10726 - 106 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Canada T8V 4C4