UCFV - Programs & Courses

Definitions

 Certificate programs  Upgrading / College and Career Prep
 Diploma programs  Access and Continuing Education
 Associate degree programs  General Studies courses
 Bachelor's degree programs
Certificate programs
-A certificate is earned by taking a collection of 10 to 12 credit courses.
-Usually completed over a one-year period.
-Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes more than one year to earn a certificate.
-Each UCFV certificate is described in the UCFV calendar, where the required courses are listed.
-Certificate programs are also offered through Access and Continuing Education (see below).
Diploma programs
-A diploma is earned by taking a collection of 20 to 24 credit courses usually emphasizing a particular area of study and generally designed to either "ladder" into UCFV degrees or to provide a credential showing two years of post-secondary studies.
-Usually completed over a two-year period.
-Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes longer than two years to earn a diploma.
-Each UCFV diploma is described in the UCFV calendar, where the required courses are listed.
Associate degree programs
-An associate degree is earned by taking a collection of approximately 20 prescribed and elective credit courses which promote both breadth and depth of knowledge.
-Usually completed over a two-year period; part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it will take longer.
-Designed to provide a credential after the equivalent of two years of study, and to mark the half-way point of a bachelor's degree at either UCFV or another B.C. university.
Bachelor's degree programs
-A degree is earned by taking a collection of 35 or more courses.
-Usually completed over a four- or five-year period. Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes longer.
-Students can complete some bachelor's degrees at UCFV, while others will require transfer to another university after one or two years.
-Degrees are described in the UCFV Calendar, and in other college and university calendars.
-Transfer guides published by the universities show which UCFV courses are equivalent to which university courses.
Upgrading / College and Career Prep (formerly Adult Basic Education) and
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
-Scheduled in the fall and winter semesters.
-Can be taken to fulfill prerequisites for programs at UCFV and/or other institutions.
Access and Continuing Education courses and programs
-Described in the CE brochure, delivered twice yearly to Fraser Valley homes.
-Generally scheduled on evenings and weekends, and occasionally during day-time hours.
-Most CE certificate programs require applications.
-Few prerequisites, and registration for most courses is in early September and early-January, although some programs require advance application.
General Studies courses
-This option is a logical starting point if you have not yet chosen or been accepted to a specific program.
-Courses (scheduled mainly in the fall and winter semesters) are described in the UCFV Calendar.
-The detailed day-and-time schedule can be found in the UCFV timetable.
-A three-credit course meets for approximately three hours of instruction per week, while a four-credit course meets for four or more hours per week, or has a lab session.
-Some credit courses carry credit only for a UCFV certificate or diploma, while others qualify for university credit as well.

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