Types of programs and courses at UCFV
A certificate is earned by taking 10 to 12 specified credit courses.
Certificates can be completed in one year of
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 this calendar, where the required
courses are listed.
Certificate programs are also offered through
Access and Continuing Studies
A diploma is earned by taking 20 to 24 specified 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.
Diplomas can be completed over a two-year period of full-time study.
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 this calendar, where the required courses
Associate degree programs
An associate degree is earned by taking approximately 20 prescribed and
elective credit courses which promote both breadth and depth of knowledge.
Associate degrees can be completed over a two-year period of full-time
study; part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it will take
longer than two years to earn an associate degree.
Designed to provide a credential after the equivalent of two years of university
Bachelors degree programs
A bachelors degree is earned by taking 35 or more prescribed and elective
courses (minimum 120 credits).
Degrees can be completed over a four- or five-year period of full-time
study. Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes longer
than four years to earn a degree.
Students can complete some bachelors 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
Transfer guides published by the universities show which UCFV courses are
equivalent to which university courses.
Upgrading College and Career Prep
and English as a Second Language (ESL)
Courses are scheduled 12 months a year in Abbotsford, 10 months a year
Can be taken to fulfill prerequisites for programs
at UCFV and/or other
Access and Continuing Studies
courses and programs
Advertised in the Continuing Studies brochure, delivered twice yearly to
Fraser Valley homes, in late summer and the end of December.
Generally scheduled on evenings and weekends,
and occasionally during daytime
Courses range from professional development to business and career training
to job skills upgrading.
Most CS certificate programs require applications and courses range from
several hours to several hundred hours.
Few prerequisites. Registration for most courses is in early September
and early January (although note: some programs require advance application).
General Studies courses
This category of courses is not a true program; it has no structured grouping
of courses, but can allow you to:
take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for
do course work at UCFV for transfer to another institution
take upgrading and some program course work at the same time
take some of the courses from your preferred program
if you have not yet
been accepted to the program
take a few courses to get started if you are not ready
to take a program
choose from College and Career Prep, English as a Second Language, and
complete a diploma in General Studies upon completion of 60 credits
Preparation for professional programs
You can begin your studies toward a career in teaching, law, medicine,
veterinary medicine, dental hygiene, etc., at UCFV.
If you require assistance planning your program, make
an appointment with
an educational advisor
to discuss your program plan.
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