Academic Calendar 2021-22 
    Jun 01, 2023  
Academic Calendar 2021-22 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Policies & Procedures

In order to give Camosun College applicants the greatest opportunity for success, their suitability for admission to a program will be assessed and considered based on a range of factors including their academic history and credentials. Each program has academic, language, and residency requirements that applicants must satisfy in order to be admitted to that program. Specific admission requirements may vary from program to program. Details of the program-specific academic or secondary requirements are referenced in the program listings .

The College reserves the right to deny admission to any individual as well as limit application to oversubscribed programs.

General College Admission

To be admitted to the college, applicants must qualify as either domestic or international.


Applicants who are in possession of valid documentation confirming their legal status as Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or convention refugees. Note: Admission requires proof of Permanent Resident status at the time of application.


Applicants who are not domestic students who meet the guidelines established for International students studying in Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

All applicants must:
  • be high school graduates or 19 years or older at the start of the student’s first academic term unless special college admission is granted, and
  • indicate an intended primary program of study.
Special College Admission
  • Current British Columbia (BC) and Yukon High School Students
    Provisional program admission will be granted to British Columbia (BC) and Yukon High School students who apply for Fall admission in their Grade 12 year. If interim and/or final high school grades fall below program admission requirements, applicants will be deemed ineligible for admission and advised on how to meet admission requirements. These grades become the official version used to assess admission requirements to programs and courses unless more current/advanced grades exist or are provided. Note: Interim and final grades received by the Ministry of Advanced Education annually will be used to verify that program admission requirements have been met. If interim and/or final grades do not meet the program admission requirements, the seat, if offered, will be rescinded.
  • Underage Applicants
    ​The college may consider granting special admission to underage applicants on an individual basis, subject to the following:
    • Underage domestic applicants must include in their application written consent from a parent or guardian and letters of support from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s circumstances (such as a school principal or health care provider);
    • Underage international applicants are subject to the guidelines established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Visiting Students
    Visiting students are students who are enrolled at other post-secondary (sending) institutions and are taking courses from Camosun College to grant them credit toward a credential at the sending institution. To be admitted as a Visiting Student, applicants must submit a ‘Letter of Permission’ from a sending post-secondary institution and must meet general college admission criteria and all prerequisites for each Camosun College course in which they are seeking enrolment.
  • Reciprocal Exchange Students
    Students, either domestic or international, may be admitted to Camosun College under a reciprocal exchange agreement established between the student’s home institution and Camosun College.

Program Admission

Applicants must be deemed qualified in order to be admitted into a program. Admission to programs will be granted on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

  • BC/Yukon high school students can apply after September 15 until May 15 in their Grade 12 year and working toward graduation requirements. Applicants who apply under this category will be considered provisionally admitted. This “provisional admission” is tied to your commitment to completing the necessary program admission requirements with your interim and final grades.

Note: Interim and final transcripts must be submitted via the Student Transcripts Service where students authorize their grades to be electronically downloaded to Camosun College. If interim and/or final grades do not meet the program admission requirements, the seat, if offered, will be rescinded.​

  • Applicants to apprentice programs may apply on an ongoing basis for all levels.
  • To audit credit courses for general interest purposes, submit an audit application form. Prerequisites are not assessed when auditing a course; therefore, transcripts are not required.
  • Current Camosun College students receive conditional application status when:
    • application received for chosen program;
    • completing the academic admission requirements to their chosen program at Camosun and they will complete the necessary course(s) two months prior to the program start;
    • all non-academic admission requirements to the program have been met.
Admission Requirements

Other than in the case of programs requiring admission requirements at the post-secondary level, course and program admission requirements are expressed in terms of BC secondary school courses and/ or Camosun alternatives. View Programs by Credential  or Programs by Discipline  for program-specific requirements. Students from out-of-province should be aware that out-of-province secondary school courses to be used as prerequisites must be academic.

All program admission requirements and course prerequisites must be met with a minimum “C” grade unless otherwise noted.

Note: The college does not accept responsibility for the cancellation or discontinuation of any program, course or class of instruction that may be necessary as a result of an act of God, fire, labour problems, lack of funds, or other similar causes.

Assessment Tests

Assessment or competency testing of English or Math may be necessary for students who do not have documentation of certain admission requirements. The purpose of assessment tests is to determine the level at which the student can be placed, which may result in placement into an appropriate upgrading course level. English and math tests are designed to be written only once. Completed assessments become the property of Camosun College.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Camosun College recognizes that learning, which some adults acquire from life and work experiences, may be equivalent to college-level learning. View Academic Regulations   for more information.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is the process whereby official post-secondary transcripts (from recognized institutions) are evaluated to determine academic course equivalency towards Camosun College programs.

  • Official transcripts are evaluated by the Transfer Credit Coordinator once admission requirements for the program have been assessed by Enrolment Services.
  • Where admission to a program is based on transfer credit evaluation, this evaluation begins once an application and fees are processed by Enrolment Services and transcripts are forwarded to the Transfer Credit Coordinator.
  • Credit is assessed/outlined for all courses relevant to the program of application.
  • Students with education from within Canada may be requested to submit detailed course outlines in order for the evaluation to begin.
  • Students with out-of-country transcripts are required to submit detailed course outlines before credit will be assessed. Transcripts and course outlines in languages other than English must be submitted with official translations into English.
  • Students who enrol in a course for which the transfer credit evaluation is pending are responsible for withdrawal from duplicate courses and are subject to all college refund and withdrawal policies in the event transfer credit is granted.
  • An evaluation form is mailed upon completion of the evaluation.
  • Processing timelines for general evaluations are approximately 4-8 weeks. Complex credit assessment that requires consultation with other educational personnel may take considerably longer. Therefore, it is important that all documentation related to the evaluation of credit be submitted well in advance of the program commencement.

Please visit the Transfer/Credit section of our website for:

  • more information about the transfer credit process; and
  • step-by-step details on how to apply for transfer credit.
International Credentials

Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement
Camosun College generally grants credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement subjects. Official documents outlining the courses and grades completed in these programs must be submitted and are subject to the processes as outlined in the “Assessment of Transfer Credit” section.

Admission Requirement Course Alternatives

Upgrading courses and programs are available to help students gain admission requirements for college and university transfer programs. The College also offer specific math and English upgrading courses that lead directly into career programs. Questions after scanning the list below? Contact an Admissions Advisor.


High School Requirement Camosun Alternative
Biology 11 BIOL 102
Biology 12 BIOL 090
Biology 12  BIOL 103
Chemistry 11 CHEM 070
Chemistry 11 CHEM 100
Chemistry 12 CHEM 090
Chemistry 12 CHEM 110
English 10 Assessment Test
English 10 ENGL 050
English 10 ELD 062 and ELD 064
English 11 Assessment Test
English 11  ENGL 070
English 11 ELD 072 and ELD 074
English 12  Assessment Test
English 12  ENGL 091 and ENGL 093
English 12  ENGL 092 and ENGL 094
English 12  ENGL 092 and ENGL 096
English 12 ENGL 103 and ENGL 104
English 12  ENGL 142
English 12  ELD 092 and ELD 094
English 12  ELD 097
English 12 ELD 103 and ELD 104
Math 10 Assessment Test
Math 10 MATH 052 and MATH 053
Math 11 Assessment Test
Math 11 MATH 072 and MATH 073
Math 11 MATH 075
Math 11 MATH 077
Math 12 Assessment Test
Math 12 MATH 097 
Math 12 MATH 107
Math 12 MATH 115
Physics 11 PHYS 070
Physics 11 PHYS 101
Physics 12 PHYS 104


English Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction at Camosun College, and all prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Students may meet the English proficiency requirement with one or more of the following alternatives (Some programs or courses may require a higher score for entry):

Assessment Minimum Result
IELTS (Academic)
International English Language Testing System
6.0 overall
(no sub-score less than 6.0)
Test of English as a Foreign Language
78 overall
(no sub-score less than 19)
PTE (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
54 overall
(no sub-score less than 50)
Cambridge (C1)
Cambridge English Qualifications
174 overall
(no sub-score less than 169)
Canadian Academic English Language
60 overall
(no sub-score less than 60)
Duolingo English Test
105 overall
Global Test of English Communication
1200 overall
Minimum sub-scores:
Reading 325; Writing 270;
Speaking 260; Listening 335

Note: IELTS or TOEFL results must be from within the past two years. Some schools/programs may have higher requirements.

English Language Development and academic upgrading programs: No minimum level of English proficiency is required for general college admission. 

Language Placement Tests
  • Camosun Assessment Testing
    Assessment testing for students with less than 2 years of English Language study occurs at the School of Access. Students with more than two years English Language studies can test at the  Assessment Centre. International students should contact Camosun International prior to arranging testing.
  • International English Testing System (IELTS)
    In place of a “C+” in English 12, Camosun accepts an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Speaking; or assessment.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    The following TOEFL scores are accepted in lieu of the English 12 C+ pre-requisite for Camosun College courses: IBT = 88-90 (min 20 in each section), CB = 230 (min 4.5 TWE), PB = 570 (min 4.5 TWE).

How to Apply

Admission Process

Applications are processed in order of receipt, and are reviewed to:

  • ensure application fee is paid, if required; 
  • ensure applications are complete; and
  • determine applicant satisfies the college’s Admission Policy.

Applications are evaluated based on approved program admission requirements and submitted documentation from applicants. Complete admissible applications, are processed on a first-qualified, first-served basis (with the exception of competitive entry programs). Applications with incomplete documentation will become inactive if the required documentation is not received within 12 months, and must be resubmitted. 

Acceptance of an application does not guarantee admission to a program or course. Seat offers in programs and courses are based on space availability. 

Official notification of the status of an application will be emailed within four weeks of receiving the application. Communication will include further steps the applicant must complete and the associated deadline(s). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure deadlines are met.

For information on International Student Applications, please contact Camosun International.

See also How to apply.

Student Status

New Students 

A new student is one who submits an application and has never attended the college. 

Returning Students 

A student who has experienced an enrolment break of greater than 12 months (from the month of their last attendance to the month of their return to the college) needs to submit a new application and application fee. 

Continuing Students 

A continuing student is one who is registered in the current academic year and will continue to take classes in the same program in the next academic year; there is no need to reapply.

Immigration Status

A student’s immigration status determines their categorization as a resident or non-resident and facilitates the tuition assessment process.

 Status  Category  Tuition
 Canadian Citizen  Resident  Domestic
 Permanent Resident  Resident  Domestic
 Convention Refugee*  Resident  Domestic
 Refugee Claimant  Non-Resident  International
 Permanent Resident Applicant  Non-Resident  International
 Study Permit  Non-Resident  International

*Upon presentation of documentation that confirms the applicant as a “protected person” by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, applicants with convention refugee status will be assessed for admission and/or tuition and fees in the same manner as a Canadian citizen / permanent resident.

Changing Your Residency Status

Documentation supporting a residency status change must be received prior to the start of the semester; all requests received after will be processed for the subsequent term. Acceptable identification/documentation to support a status change:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Permanent Residency Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued by DIAND/INAC/AANDC)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688)
  • Protected Person Status Document (IMM 5292)
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Diplomatic Visa

Additional Notes:

  • A student may be required to prove their status at any time during their registration at the College. Failure to comply will result in assessment of International fees.
  • All documents may require additional and matching official photo ID.
  • All documents must be valid during the period of study.
  • The Registrar may require a written and signed declaration/affidavit to support a residency claim.
  • Additional documents may be reviewed and approved by the Registrar on a case by case basis.
  • Submit your documents early to avoid missing any deadlines!

Seat Deferral

Applicants with extenuating (medical or compassionate) circumstances who have accepted a seat offer and have paid a deposit may request to defer their acceptance one time to the next available intake. Requests for deferral must be received by email to prior to the start date of the program to be considered. Requests for deferrals after the program start date will not be granted.