Direct Entry from a Canadian High School

Transferring directly from a Canadian high school? Use the drop down menu below and select your Province to display the requirements.

British Columbia and Yukon Territory


The BC Ministry of Education’s Handbook of Procedures for the 2004 Graduation Program is an excellent guide to the BC/Yukon Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/1213/handbook_of_procedures.pdf

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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in British Columbia or the Yukon Territory results in the awarding of a BC/Yukon Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood diploma).
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate British Columbia/Yukon graduation equivalents:
• British Columbia/Yukon Adult Education Graduation Program (Adult Dogwood diploma)
• General Educational Development (GED) Certificate
*The Ministry of Education will discontinue the GED program at the end of 2014.
• Adult Basic Education (ABE) Provincially approved courses
• Adult Graduation Diploma Program (Adult Dogwood)

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Grade Scale

Placement based on BC or Yukon Secondary results use the 2004 Graduation Program grade scale.

CANADA – British Columbia
Letter Grade Percentage (%) British Columbia Equivalent
A 86 – 100% A
B 73 – 85% B
C+ 67 – 72% C+
C 60 – 64% C
C- 50 – 59% C-
F 0 – 49% F
Pass mark = %50
RM N/A Requirement met. This grade is only assigned for Graduation Transitions
I N/A In progress or incomplete
SG N/A Standing granted
TS N/A Transfer Standing
AEG N/A Aegrostat Standing. This grade is only used for provincial examinations. The student has been granted a pass standing based on certification that he/she was unable to write the exam because of illness or special circumstances

Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Applied Physics 11 English 12
Biology 11 Writing 12
Chemistry 11 English 12 First Peoples
Physics 11 Communications 12
Principles of Mathematics 12 / AP Calculus 12AB / AP Calculus 12BC
Applied Physics 12
Biology 12 / AP Biology 12
Chemistry 12 / AP Chemistry 12
Physics 12 / AP Physics 12 / AP Physics 12B
AP English Language and Composition
AP Psychology
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics

Official British Columbia or Yukon Territory high school transcripts are available from the BC Ministry of Education..

Ministry of Education – Transcripts

P.O. box-reveal 9886 STN PROV GOVT

Victoria, BC V8W 9T6

Tel. 1 (250) 356.7270

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/transcript

 

Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories


Alberta’s Guide to Education provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies.
http://education.alberta.ca/media/8883032/abedar2013-14.pdf

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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Alberta, Nunavut, or the Northwest Territories results in the awarding of an Alberta, Nunavut, or Northwest Territories Secondary School Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Alberta, Nunavut & Northwest Territories graduation equivalents:

  • General Education Development (GED)
  • Alberta/Nunavut/Northwest Territories High School Equivalency Diploma (mature students)
  • Certificate of Achievement (mature students)
  • Certificate of High School Achievement (mature students)

Grade Scale

Placement based on Alberta secondary results use the post-1995 Alberta secondary grade scale.

ALBERTA
Letter Grade Percentage (%) Rationale
A 80 – 100 Excellent
B 65 – 79 Good
C 50 – 64 Satisfactory
F 0 – 49 Failed
P Pass
COM Complete
WDR Withdrawal
INC Incomplete

 

How to Read Course Codes

Alberta secondary courses use a 7 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘10’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘20’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘30’ are equivalent to grade 12.
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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 20 / Biology 20IB / Biology 20AP English A30 and B30
Chemistry 20 / Chemistry 20IB / Chemistry 20AP Mathematics B30, C30 or Pre Calculus 30
Physics 20 / Physics 20IB / Physics 20AP Biology 30 / Biology 30IB / Biology 30AP
Chemistry 30 / Chemistry 30IB / Chemistry 30AP
Physics 30 / Physics 30IB / Physics 30AP

Sasketchewan


The Government of Saskatchewan’s Education website is an excellent guide to the Saskatchewan Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies.
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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Saskatchewan results in the awarding of a Saskatchewan Secondary School Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Saskatchewan graduation equivalents:

  • Completion of (French) Immersion Program
  • Completion of Fransaskois Program
  • Completion of the Adult 12 program (mature students)
  • Completion of Adult 12 Alternative Education Program (mature students)

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Grade Scale

SASKATCHEWAN
The province of Saskatchewan does not maintain a standardized grade scale, and grading is independently determined by school districts. Grades are released as percentages, and letter grades are not used.Please refer to the reverse side of the academic transcript for the grade scale.Pass mark = 50%

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How to Read Course Codes

Saskatchewan secondary courses use a three character/numeric code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable ministry designed grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘10’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘20’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘30’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: English A30 and English B30 (English 12)
The first letter, A30, the letters correspond to the sequence order. For example:English Language Arts A30 (term 1)English Language Arts B30 (term 2)
The number, A30 indicates the grade level and/or adaptive dimension 10’s – Grade 1020’s – Grade 1130’s – Grade 12
Odd numbered courses (e.g. 11, 21, 31) indicate locally modified basic courses. These courses are designed with a reduced level of difficulty, and may not be used for placement or to meet prerequisites.
Courses ending in the number eight (18, 28, 38) are designed for special needs students.
An alternate letter, for example A30A, may appear at the end of the course code to indicate a modified or locally developed course. 10A, 20A, 30A indicate modified advanced courses
10AP, 20AP, 30AP indicate courses within the recognized Advanced Placement Program
10IB, 20IB, 30IB indicate courses within the recognized International Baccalaureate Program
10L, 20L, 30L indicate locally developed courses.

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 20 / Biology 20IB / Biology 20AP English A30 and B30
Chemistry 20 / Chemistry 20IB / Chemistry 20AP Mathematics B30, C30 or Pre Calculus 30
Physics 20 / Physics 20IB / Physics 20AP Biology 30 / Biology 30IB / Biology 30AP
Chemistry 30 / Chemistry 30IB / Chemistry 30AP
Physics 30 / Physics 30IB / Physics 30AP

Manitoba


The Government of Manitoba’s Education website is an excellent guide to the Manitoba High School System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/docs/policy/admin/index.html
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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Manitoba results in the awarding of a Manitoba High School Diploma. Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Manitoba graduation equivalents:

  • Manitoba Advanced High School Diploma
  • Mature Student Diploma
  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate

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Grade Scale

Placement based on Manitoba Senior Secondary results use the 2004 Graduation Program grade scale.

MANITOBA
Letter Grade Percentage (%) Rationale
A+ 89 – 100 Exceptional
A 80-89 Excellent
B+ 75-79 Very Good
B 65-74 Above Average
C+ 55-64 Average
D 50-54 Marginal Pass
F 0-49 Fail
I Incomplete
P Pass
S Standing
DE Deferred Exam
MC Excused from Exam
NP No Paper
CIP Course in Progress

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How to Read Course Codes

Manitoba secondary courses use a 3 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘20’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘30’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘40’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: English 40S (English 12)
The first number, e.g. English 40S, indicates the grade level. 20’s – Grade 1030’s – Grade 1140’s – Grade 12
The second number, e.g. English 40S indicates whether the course is provincially recognized 0 – Provincially developed (1 credit)5 – Provincially developed (1/2 credit)1 – Developed by the individual school2 – Externally developed by an educational authority, for use by an individual school
The third character, e.g. English 40S, indicates the course designation. C – College based orU – University based May be used for dual credit (credit may be granted by both grade 11or 12 level as well as first year of college)
E – EAL English as an Additional Language, modified content
F – Foundation Educational experiences with broad content appropriate for further vocational or academic study
G – General
I – Individualized orM – Modified Educational experiences intended for students with significant cognitive and or developmental disabilities
S – Specialized Educational experiences with specialized content leading to further studies beyond the senior years (e.g. apprenticeship, college, university)

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 30S / Biology 30U English 40S or 40C or U
Chemistry 30S / Chemistry 30U Pre Calculus 40S (Applied Math 40S is not accepted)
Physics 30S / Physics 30U Biology 40S / Biology 40C or U
Chemistry 40S / Chemistry 4C or U
Physics 40S / Physics 4C or U

Ontario


The Government of Ontario’s Education website is an excellent guide to the Ontario Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/list/commoncc/ccc.html
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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Ontario results in the awarding of a Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Ontario graduation equivalents:

  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate

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Grade Scale

Placement based on Ontario Senior Secondary results use the 1999 Graduation Program grade scale.

ONTARIO
Level of Achievement Letter Grade Percentage (%) Rationale
Level 4 A 80 – 100 Excellent
Level 3 B 70 – 79 High level of achievement, considered the provincial standard or average
Level 2 C 60 – 69 Acceptable. Achievement approaches standard
Level 1 D 50 – 59 Pass. Achievement falls well below average
F 0 – 49 Fail. Insufficient achievement of curriculum expectations.

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How to Read Course Codes

Ontario secondary courses use a 5 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘3’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘4’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: ENG4U – English 12
The first letters, ENG4U, identify the department and subject. A – ArtsH – Humanities & Social SciencesB – BusinessI – Interdisciplinary StudiesC – Canadian & World StudiesL – International LanguagesE – English F – FrenchP – Physical & Health EducationG – Guidance & Career EducationS – SciencesM – MathematicsT – Technology
The number, ENG4U, indicates the grade level. 1 – Grade 92 – Grade 103 – Grade 114 – Grade 12
The letter, ENG4U, identifies the type of course.Grades 9 & 10 D – AcademicP – AppliedO – OpenL – Locally Developed
Grades 11 & 12 U – University PreparationC – College PreparationM – University/College PreparationE – Workplace PathwayO – Open

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
MCR3U Functions ENGL4U or ENGL4C English
MCF3M Functions and Applications MHF4U Advanced Functions
SBI3U Biology 11 MCV4U Calculus and Vectors
SCH3U Chemistry 11 MDM4U Mathematics of Data Management
SPH3U Physics 11 SBI4U Biology 12
SCH4U Chemistry 12
SPH4U Physics 12

Quebec


The structure of secondary education in Quebec varies by school and by school district. All schools in Quebec will follow the structure of one of the following curriculum:

  1. Province of Ontario Curriculum
  2. French Baccalaureate
  3. CEGEP

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Graduation Equivalencies

1. Province of Ontario Curriculum

Please follow the equivalency information for the province of Ontario. Graduates of the Ontario curriculum program are awarded a Diplôme d’études Secondaires (DES) / Diploma of Secondary Studies.

 

2. French Baccalaureate (FB)

The French Baccalaureate program is an international baccalaureate program similar to the Cambridge ‘O’ and ‘A’ level system. The program is commonly used in France, across Europe, and in province of Quebec.

The FB program initiates at the senior secondary level (grades 11 &12). There are three (3) possible academic streams with the FB program:

  1. Baccalaureate L (literature / litteraire)
  2. Baccalaureate ES (economics and social sciences / economique et sociale)
  3. Baccalaureate S (sciences / scientifique)

 

FRENCH BACCALAUREATE
Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
None Mathematiques (coefficient 7+)
Phys-Chimie (coefficient 6+)
Biologie-Ecologie (coefficient 5+)

*FB courses may be considered for first-year credit on a case by case basis. The minimum mark considered for credit is 12/20.
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3. Collège d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEP)

Collège d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEP) may be translated as “General and Vocational College”. The CEGEP program initiates at the senior secondary level (grades 11 &12).

Language of instruction is indicated in the course number. English (603) or French (601).

CEGEP
Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Chemistry 534 Two English courses numbered 603
Chemistry 536 Calculus I and II
Physics 536 General Biology I and General Biology II
Physics 536 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II
Electricity and Magnetism or Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics

New Brunswick


The Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood website is an excellent guide to the (Anglophone) New Brunswick Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.gnb.ca/0000/anglophone-e.asp

Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in New Brunswick results in the awarding of a New Brunswick High School Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate New Brunswick graduation equivalents:

  • Adult High School Diploma (AHDS)
  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate

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Grade Scale

NEW BRUNSWICK
New Brunswick Senior Secondary Grade Scale
The province of New Brunswick does not maintain a standardized grade scale, and grading is independently determined by school districts. Grades are released as percentages, and letter grades are not used.
Please refer to the reverse side of the academic transcript for the grade scale.Pass mark differs between school districts, ranging from 50% to 60%

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How to Read Course Codes

New Brunswick secondary courses use a 3 digit code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘10’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘20’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘30’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: English 121
The first two numbers of the course code indicate the grade level, for example English 121 10 – Grade 1011 – Grade 1112 – Grade 12
The third number of the course code indicates the level of difficulty or modification, for example English 121 0 – Grade 12, or designed to accommodate all students, or a course which is not offered at another level of difficulty.1 – Enriched content (e.g. English 121 indicates English 12 Enriched)2 – Regular content (e.g. English 122 indicates English 12 Regular)3 – Modified (e.g. English 123 indicates English 12 Modified)

  • Modified courses are developed for students who may have difficulty with the regular course content, or students who do not intend to pursue post-secondary education.

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 111 or 112 English 121 or 122
Chemistry 111 or 112 Advanced Mathematics with Intro to Calculus 120
Physics 111 or 112 Biology 121 or 122
Chemistry 121 or 122
Physics 121 or 122

Nova Scotia


The Government of Nova Scotia’s Department of Education website is an excellent guide to the Nova Scotia Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.ednet.ns.ca/educators.shtml

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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Nova Scotia results in the awarding of a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Nova Scotia graduation equivalents:

  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults
  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate

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Grade Scale

NOVA SCOTIA
The province of Nova Scotia does not maintain a standardized grade scale, and grading is independently determined by school districts. Grades are released as percentages, and letter grades are not used.Please refer to the reverse side of the academic transcript for the grade scale.Pass mark differs between school districts, ranging from 50% to 60%

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How to Read Course Codes

Nova Scotia secondary courses use a 2 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘10’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘11’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘12’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: English 12
The number, English 12 indicates the grade level 10 – Grade 1011 – Grade 1112 – Grade 12

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 11 English 12
Chemistry 11 Pre-Calculus Math 12
Physics 11 Biology 12
Chemistry 12
Physics 12

Prince Edward Island


The Government of Prince Edward Island’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website is an excellent guide to the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.gov.pe.ca/education/

Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in PEI results in the awarding of a Prince Edward Island High School Graduation Diploma.
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate PEI graduation equivalents:

  • PEI High School graduation Certificate for Mature Students
  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate

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Grade Scale

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The province of Prince Edward Island does not maintain a standardized grade scale, and grading is independently determined by school districts. Grades are released as percentages, and letter grades are not used.Please refer to the reverse side of the academic transcript for the grade scale.Pass mark differs between school districts, ranging from 50% to 60%

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How to Read Course Codes

PEI secondary courses use a 6 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘10’ are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘20’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘30’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: ENG611 (English 12)
The first letters, ENG611, identify the department. BUS – BusinessCHI – Chinese Language and CultureKAE – Knowledge and EmployabilityCLA – Chinese Language ArtsMAT – MathematicsENG – English LanguageOTH – Other InstructionESL – English as a Second LanguagePED – Physical Education FNA – Fine ArtsSCN – ScienceFRA – FrancaisSPN – SpanishFSL – French as a Second LanguageSSN – Social SciencesGLA – German Language ArtsSST – Social StudiesPLC – Punjabi Language and CultureFLA – French Language Arts
The first digit indicates the grade level, for example ENG 611 4 = Grade 105 = Grade 116 = Grade 127 = Grade 10 or 118 = Grade 11 or 12
The second digit indicates the course classification, for example ENG611 O = Open1 = Advanced Academic2 = Academic3 = General4 = Vocational5 = Practical6 = Modified
The third digit indicates the course credit value, for example ENG611 .5 = One-half credit *55 hours of instructional time1 = One credit * 110 hours of instructional time2 = Two credits * 220 hours of instructional time
Some course codes may include a seventh character, which indentifies the program, for example ENG611A A to E = English First Language coursesF to J = French Immersion coursesM to Q = French First Language coursesW to Z = Local program courses

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 220X English 3201
Chemistry 220X Math 3204, 3205, or 3207
Physics 220X Biology 3201
Chemistry 3202
Physics 3204

Newfoundland


The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Education website is an excellent guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador Secondary System, particularly as it provides information on graduation requirements and grade equivalencies. http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/high_school_cert.html
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Graduation Equivalencies

Completion of Secondary Education in Newfoundland and Labrador results in the awarding of a Secondary School Diploma
Alexander College also recognizes the following alternate Newfoundland and Labrador graduation equivalents:

  • General Educational Development (GED) Certificate
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) Provincially approved courses

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Grade Scale

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador does not maintain a standardized grade scale, and grading is independently determined by school districts. Grades are released as percentages, and letter grades are not used.Please refer to the reverse side of the academic transcript for the grade scale.Pass mark: 50%

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How to Read Course Codes

Newfoundland and Labrador secondary courses use a 6 character code for identification. These are set out by the Ministry of Education.
Acceptable grade 12 courses: Courses numbered ‘I’ or ‘1’are equivalent to grade 10, courses numbered ‘II’ or ‘2’ are equivalent to grade 11, and courses numbered ‘III’ or ‘3’ are equivalent to grade 12.

Example Course Code: English 94 3201 (English 12)
The first two digits indicate the subject code, for example English 94 3201 01 – Art 16 – Guidance02 – Economics 17 – Foreign Language05 – Family Studies 18 – Native Language06 – French 19 – Media07 – Health 21 – Francais Langue Premiere08 – Technology Education 09 – Mathematics (old program) 50 – General Education10 – Music 5 9 – Mathematics (new program)12 – Physical Education 64 – Sciences13 – Religious Education 70 – Alternate course15 – Social Studies 94 – English Language Arts30 – Cooperative Education
The third digit indicate the course level or grade, for example English 94 3201 1 = Grade 102 = Grade 113 = Grade 124 – Advanced Placement
The fourth digit indicate the credit value of a course, for example English 94 3201 Number of credits awarded for successful completion of the course
The fifth digit indicates the type of course, for example English 94 3201 0 – Prescribed courses for students throughout the province1 – Pilot courses approved on a trial basis for evaluation as a possible prescribed course2 – Local or district courses approved for particular school (including Advanced Placement courses)3 – Prescribed courses for students in French as a First Language or French Immersion4 – Pilot courses approved on a trial basis in French as a First Language or French Immersion program5 – Local courses approved in French as a First Language or French Immersion6 – Prescribed courses modified by reducing depth of treatment and/or deleting certain curriculum outcomes7 – Alternate courses studies by individual students8 – Prescribed courses modified by extending the depth of treatment and/or adding curriculum outcomes, particularly International Baccalaureate courses9 – credit awarded for courses transferred from outside the Newfoundland and Labrador high school system
The sixth digit distinguishes courses in the same subject area which have the same level, credit value, and type. For example, English 94 3201 Numbered 0 -9

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Acceptable Course Codes

Accepted Grade 11 Courses Accepted Grade 12 Courses
Biology 220X English 3201
Chemistry 220X Math 3204, 3205, or 3207
Physics 220X Biology 3201
Chemistry 3202
Physics 3204

University Transfer

Alexander College is a member of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) system and has established transfer agreements with colleges and universities across British Columbia, including the most prestigious universities in the province. Alexander College is continuously negotiating new transfer agreements with the major universities in BC and the rest of Canada, as well as with other colleges and universities around the world.

The BCCAT transfer system’s online transfer guide enables students to check the transferability of the courses they wish to take, as well as develop a study plan allowing seamless transfer between Alexander College and the specific program they wish to complete.

University Transfer: Applicants must successfully complete at least 9 transferable post-secondary credits, with a cumulative GPA of 1.50 or higher. University transfer applicants with cumulative GPA’s below 1.50 may be admitted provisionally.

www.bctransferguide.ca


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