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Academic Upgrading (Certificate)


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Credential:

Certificate in Fundamental Academic Upgrading

Certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading

Program Code:

FDN.CERT

IAU.CERT

CIP: 32.0000

Overview

Fundamental Upgrading

The Foundations Academic Upgrading program is designed for students who want to upgrade their basic reading, writing, and math skills. 

This program is available full or part-time and varies in completion time.  

Opportunities for Academic Advancement

Completion of this program certificate can prepare students for academic upgrading courses at the Intermediate level, and, in some cases, will provide direct entry into some college programs. For a full understanding of how this certificate can lead to other programs, students are encouraged to see an Academic Advisor.

Intermediate Upgrading

The certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading is designed for students requiring upgrading in math and English, as well as students who wish to undertake career exploration combined with academic preparation. 

This program is available full or part-time and varies in completion time.

Opportunities for Academic Advancement

Completion of this certificate prepares students for courses at the Advanced (math) and Provincial levels (English) with ENGL 050 , and for direct entry into Technology Access Programs, Business Access, HCA, Sport Management Access and Exercise and Wellness Access (excluding prerequisite of PE 11 or Community Recreation 12 or departmental assessment),  as well as the math for the Electrical Foundation Program.

Admissions


 

Fundamental Upgrading and Intermediate Upgrading

All of:

  • By assessment* 
  • Informational interview with the Foundations Dept Chair if a student’s English assessment places them in ENGL 021 , ENGL 022 , ENGL 023 , ENGL 024 , or ENGL 025 .  A student whose English assessment places them in ENGL 033  or above is not required to attend the informational interview. 

*Students are admitted based on their previous educational background and experience. A student should contact the Assessment Centre for an English or mathematics assessmentTo arrange an access assessment with the School of Access, call 250-370-3945. 

Learning Outcomes


At the completion of the Fundamental Upgrading program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate various student-success skills and strategies, including working independently and collaboratively, managing in-class time, test-taking, accessing the Help Centre, and using the library.
  • Read a variety of written materials for a variety of purposes, including employment, literal and inferential comprehension, skimming and scanning, summarizing, interpretation and evaluation, research, enjoyment and study
  • Use various skills and strategies to build vocabulary and be able to understand vocabulary in context, at the Fundamental level
  • Write various types of basic compositions for a variety of purposes, including paragraphs, personal and business letters, and multi-paragraph compositions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and punctuation
  • Use basic Mathematics at a Fundamental level effectively
  • Apply a variety of strategies in solving Math-related problems
  • Apply knowledge and skills in basic arithmetic and measurement to solve problems related to employment, consumerism, personal finance, and other aspects of daily life
  • Use knowledge and skills in various math topics as a basis for further study in Foundation Trades Programs (If MATH 037 or MATH 038 are completed)
  • Use knowledge of various math topics as a basis for further study (If this is part of the student’s Personal Learning Plan [PLP])

At the completion of the Intermediate Upgrading program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate various student-success skills and strategies, including working independently and collaboratively, managing in-class time, test-taking, accessing the Help Centre, and using the library
  • Summarize and paraphrase written and verbal resources
  • Make inferences, distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Use standard reference sources
  • Read for main ideas
  • Use skills in outlining, memorizing, exam taking and note-taking
  • Identify point of view in written work
  • Write a brief, basic research report
  • Gather ideas and define and narrow the topic
  • Select, evaluate, and order material to create organized paragraphs, essays, summaries, reports, resumes, memos, application letters, and business letters
  • Revise and edit work
  • Plan and write narrative, descriptive, and expository pieces
  • Produce writing on demand in time-limited, testing situations
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Use mathematics at an Intermediate level effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in using the language, principles, and operations of introductory algebra
  • Apply a variety of strategies in solving math-related problems
  • Use knowledge of introductory algebra as a basis for further study in Advanced-level algebra, math for technology, and other courses and programs (If this is part of the student’s Personal Learning Plan [PLP])
  • Use knowledge of introductory algebra and trigonometry as a basis for further study in the Electrical Foundation program (If MATH 057  is completed)

Curriculum Fundamental Upgrading


Curriculum Intermediate Upgrading


Note:


To be eligible for the Certificate in Intermediate Academic Upgrading, you must complete:

  • at least three (3) of the Intermediate courses (listed above), or,
  • two (2) of the Intermediate courses* plus the BEST (Building Employment Success for Tomorrow) program.

*One (1) of ENGL 050 ENGL 057 , or ENGL 058  or equivalent; and one (1) of MATH 053 MATH 057  or equivalent.

Additional Information


These courses are the prerequisites for progressing to the Advanced and Provincial levels of study, and/or direct entry into post-secondary programs. 

Program

English

Math

Notes

Business Access 

ENGL 050  

MATH 053 

 

 

Tech Access: Civil, Mechanical, Computer 

ENGL 050  

MATH 053  

 

Health Care Assistant 

ENGL 059  

N/A

 

Exercise and Wellness Access and Sport Management Access  

ENGL 050 

 

MATH 053 

 

Both programs require  PE 11 or Comm. Rec. 12 or department assessment 

Trades: Automotive, Carpentry, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport, Horticulture, Plumbing & Pipe Trades, Sheet Metal, Welding C

ENGL 058 

 

MATH 038 

 

 

Professional Cook, Level 1 

ENGL 057 

 

MATH 037 

 

Electrical

N/A

MATH 057  

Requires English 12 

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