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Adult Basic Education Program


Intake
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses
    Cowichan

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    City of Duncan
    Nanaimo

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    City of Nanaimo
    Parksville-Qualicum

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    City of Parksville - Welcome to Parksville
    Powell River

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    Home - Powell River
  • Length
    Varies
  • Tuition Estimate
    Tuition-free for domestic students; plus student-related fees (see program website for full details)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $50 to $100 per course
  • Credential Granted
    • Certificate
    • Diploma
    • High School Equivalency
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

This is a developmental program.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out VIU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended. Contact Department directly at your local campus.

By email at acp@viu.ca

By Phone:

  • in Nanaimo, call 250-618-4713.
  • in Parksville-Qualicum, call 250-248-2096.
  • in Cowichan, call 250-746-3500.
  • in Powell River, call 604-485-2878.

 

Application Fee: $41.72

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic/Non-Academic 

One of:

  • be at least 17 years old and been out of school for at least one year
  • secondary school graduation
  • enrollment in a VIU academic or vocational program

Admission Advice

If your prerequisites were completed more than five years before admission, an assessment may be required in order to place you in courses at the appropriate level.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy VIU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • English 12 (C) or equivalent
  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Level 5 Program
  • TOEFL paper-based = score of 550 overall with no section under 56
  • TOEFL iBT = 88 with no score under 20
  • IELTS Academic = 6.5 overall with no score under 6.0
  • CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment = score of 60
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) = 176 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) = 176 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) = score of 60, with no selection below 60
  • International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) = grade 3 or higher
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition = Grade 2 or higher 
  • 6 credits of post-secondary English composition and literature with a minimum grade of "C" from a recognized university where English is the language of instruction
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education = English at the O-level with a minimum grade of C or 4

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on VIU Admission page.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements for University Academic Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs 

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on VIU Admission page.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements for University Academic Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs 

 

BC Transfer Student

If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits. 

You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

  • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
  • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum "C" in English 12
For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits. 

You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

  • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
  • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum "C" in English 12
For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

Mature Student

See admission details in General Admission Requirements sections referring to Mature Students.

Students admitted to Vancouver Island University as ‘Mature Students’ must still meet individual course prerequisites. Check the Course Descriptions section of this Calendar, or consult an Educational Advisor at VIU to find out if you first need to complete prerequisites. Students can meet course prerequisites through VIU's Adult Basic Education program.

International Student

Information for international student applicant can be found here. 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories, please check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

 

 

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