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ABE Intermediate Program Certificate


The program gives students the opportunity to plan an efficient education or employment pathway and gain all of the necessary courses to access trades and career programs at VCC and other post-secondary institutions where grade 10 is the minimum program admission requirement.


Students registered in the intermediate program certificate will be placed on a wait list for the trades or academic program they wish to transfer into.

This program is tuition-free, however other fees (e.g. application fee, U-Pass fee) are still charged.
For assistance with these costs, ask VCC Financial Aid about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant.

Program Status:

Accepting applications Apply for Adult Updgrading: Self Paced or Class Based



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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Monthly Varies Certificate Broadway Full or Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

The ABE Intermediate Certificate Program prepares students for success in further study, lifelong learning and employment by offering education and skills in a supportive and flexible learning environment. The program gives students the opportunity to plan an education/employment pathway and acquire all of the necessary courses to access trades and career programs at VCC and other post-secondary institutions where Grade 10 is the minimum program admission requirement. Program RequirementsStudents must complete a minimum of twenty (20) course credits. A minimum of eight (8) credits must be met by taking ENGL 0752 and MATH 0751.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Not applicable

Program Duration

Students have three (3) years to complete the Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes include core outcomes that align with the required courses in the program and additional outcomes that align with elective courses in the program. Additional program outcomes will be dependent on the elective courses chosen by the student.

Core Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills across a variety of disciplines.
  2. Locate, select, and manage a variety of information resources.
  3. Compose a variety of writing that is clear, logical, and structured.
  4. Demonstrate reading skills and comprehension at the Intermediate level.
  5. Solve practical problems involving fractions, decimals, ratios, percent, measurement, basic statistics, geometry, and 1st order algebra.

Additional Program Learning Outcomes (dependent on the electives chosen by students)

Upon successful completion of the program, students may be able to:

  1. Identify, describe, and use scientific concepts related to various areas of science.
  2. Identify interests, values, and temperaments that will inform a career/educational pathway.
  3. Apply study and communications skills required for success in further study or employment.
  4. Use current computer technology to communicate, do research, produce material, manage information, and complete assignments.
  5. Identify the characteristics of an active and responsible global citizen.
  6. Discuss social issues from multiple perspectives and describe their personal points of view.
  7. Discuss and evaluate Canadian history, government, culture, economy and geography from 1815 to 1914.


Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The program is delivered by both the College and Career Access (CCA) and College Foundations (CF) departments and provides students with two course delivery options. CCA offers a self-paced delivery model, and CF offers a class-based delivery model. Students can choose to take courses through either or both departments.

Self-paced format:

Students receive individualized instruction and work/learn at their own pace using course material that is customized to accommodate their needs and enhance their success while meeting the course requirements. The instructional methodology is based on one-to-one model with instructors providing individualized instruction, guidance, and assessments to students. Students complete assignments and assessments according to a flexible schedule they determine with the instructors. Students can access the self-paced classrooms at any time of day they are open and receive six (6) hours of direct instruction per course per week.

Class-based format:

Students receive instruction in classes that have a fixed schedule and instructor. In most cases, courses are delivered either six (6) hours per week or twelve (12) hours per weeks giving students the flexibility to take courses that best suit their needs and schedules. Students also have access to instructors during set office hours. Instruction is provided in classrooms and/or labs through lectures, seminars, and demonstrations. In general, course assignments and assessments follow a fixed schedule.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation methods are clearly stated in each course outline. These may include exams, quizzes, assignments, reports, essays, and lab activities.

Once you have completed all of the required courses to be eligible for this certificate you can complete the Application for Credential and submit to records@vcc.ca.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Students are admitted into the program on an individual course basis as determined by the College and Career Access and College Foundations departments.

Students taking ABE courses through the College and Career Access require departmental approval prior to registering for courses.

Recommended Characteristics:

Recommended Characteristics of Students

  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Motivation and dedication to complete an academic program
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to take responsibility for learning
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Respectful of others
  • Ability to take directions and guidance

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(ACED 0707) Job Search Techniques
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0709) Education and Career Exploration
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0710) Work Experience
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0711) Communications
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline
(COMP 0750) Computer Studies 10
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 0750) English 10 - Part 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 0752) English 10 - Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(LIBR 1100) Information and Research Fundamentals
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits course outline
(MATH 0750) Math 10 - Part 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 0751) Math 10 - Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 0755) Trades Math 10 Part 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(MATH 0757) Trades Math 10 Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(SCIE 0751) General Science 10
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(SOSC 0751) Social Science 10
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline