UCFV offers an adult learning environment in which College and Career Preparation courses are a first step to further training in vocational, career, technical, and academic programs.

Such courses may also lead to better employment opportunities.

In British Columbia, these adult basic education courses are transferable from one college district to another. UCFV also offers assistance with preparation for the General Education Development (GED) tests. Further information follows.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

1. 19 years of age or older before the first day of classes.

2. 17–18 years of age and out of school for one year, or

3. B.C. secondary school graduation.

Although there is a minimum age requirement for the program, there is no maximum age limit and students of all ages are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Students apply to CCP by attending an information and assessment session.

At information sessions, students’ reading, writing, and math skills are assessed. At a later date they are interviewed and, if vacancies exist, with permission can register in the courses that best suit their abilities and career goals. To find out when the next CCP information sessions will be held, contact your nearest UCFV centre:








 604-869-9991, local 3779



Fees and additional costs

Fees stated are in effect for 2003/04 and are subject to change for 2004/05.

CCP students have two fee schedules:

1. Students who do not have a Grade 12 diploma or equivalent pay no tuition, but $4.25 per credit in ancillary fees.

2. Students who have the B.C. Dogwood (adult or regular) or graduation from other provinces or countries that are considered equivalent to B.C. Grade 12, pay $75 per credit for tuition plus $7.50 per credit in ancillary fees.

Other fees may apply.

There are no fees for courses numbered 051-061.

The Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) is available to assist with required fees and related costs. Financial aid officers are available to discuss students’ financial needs. Contact Student Services (Financial Aid) at 604-864-4601 in Abbotsford or 604-702-2618 in Chilliwack.

Dates and locations

Students are admitted for semesters that begin in September and January on the main campuses. Continuous entry is also available in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope. Check with the CCP department for course availability.

GED courses may start later. Courses, dates of admission, and times may differ at Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, and Hope. Please check with the local CCP centre.

Program outline

College and Career Preparation courses are offered in two delivery options: some are semester-based, and some are offered on a continuous-intake basis. To progress from one course level to the next, you must obtain a C standing (C+ in some courses). A P grade (pass) carries course credit but does not allow progression to the next level.

Semester-based courses

These courses are structured within a 17-week time frame (days or evenings) in the fall and winter semesters.

Continuous intake classes

These classes are available day or evening during semester time in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope. Learning Centres are also offered which focus on upgrading designed to provide students with entry-level requirements for specific UCFV vocational, applied, and academic programs.

CCP courses are on the Academic timetable. Courses may start in September or January. There may be a spring semester, beginning in May (subject to funding).

Fundamental Level (certificate available)
(Basic Literacy)

At the first level of instruction, you may enrol in English 051, or Mathematics 051, or the Volunteer Tutor program on page 98.

Prerequisite: Individual Assessment

At the second level of instruction, you may enrol in English 061, Mathematics 061, Science 061 (optional), Computing 061, or Education and Career Planning  064 (ECP 064).

Prerequisites: Individual assessment, or English 051 and Mathematics 051.

Requirements for certificate: English 061, Mathematics 061.

Intermediate level (certificate available)

Prerequisites: English 061, Mathematics 061, or an individual assessment.

Requirements for certificate: English 071, Math 071 or Mathematics 072, and two of the following courses: Biology 071 and Chemistry 071 (formerly Science 071), Social Science 071/072, Education and Career Planning 074, Computing 071.

Advanced level (certificate available)

Prerequisites: English 071, Mathematics 071 or Mathematics 072, Science 071, and/or individual assessment.

Requirements for certificate: Four courses — English 081, plus choices as shown in Fig. 1.

Provincial diploma (certificate available)
(B.C. Adult Graduation diploma — “The Adult Dogwood”)

The provincial level of instruction offers preparation for further training in vocational, career, technical, or academic programs. It is very important to consult an educational advisor when planning such a program.

The B.C. Adult Graduation diploma is the adult secondary completion diploma for adults, 19 years of age or over. To complete the requirements, students will need to take some courses outside the CCP department.

Prerequisites: one mathematics course at the Advanced Level and readiness to handle courses at the provincial level.

College and Career Preparation Framework
(Certificate requirements)

Fundamental (Basic Literacy):              (Two courses))    

(Four courses)

(Four courses)

Provincial (B.C. Adult Graduation diploma
— “The Adult Dogwood”):
(Five courses)

  • English 051 

  • Math 051

  • English 061 

  • Math 061



  • Science 061

  • Computing 061:
    Introduction to

  • Education and
    Career Planning — Career
    Explorations 064

  • English 071 

  • Mathematics 071
    Mathematics 072


And two of the following courses:

  • Biology 071 and

  • Chemistry 071 
    (both formerly Science 071)

  Elective: Select one
  • Computing 071:
    Introduction to
    Computers (Part II)

  • Social Science 071

  • Social Science 072

  • Education and Career Planning — Skills
    for Success 074

  • English 081, plus

List A: Select one

  • Mathematics 084

  • Mathematics 085

List B: Select one

  • Biology 083

  • Physics 083

  • Chemistry 083

 Elective: Select one
  • Social Science 081

  • Social Science 082

  • French 100

  • Trades specialty, or

  • Any other approved course at the 80 level or higher, including courses from List A and B.

  • A provincial level English or higher (English 091)

  • A mathematics course, at the advanced or provincial level or higher

  • Three additional courses at the provincial level or higher
    Advanced Social Sciences, and two provincial level courses or higher

Requirements for diploma: five courses

General Education Development (GED) tests
(Grade 12 equivalency certificate)

The General Education Development (GED) examination is a series of tests in mathematics, science, social studies, writing, and interpreting literature and the arts. These tests are marked by the B.C. Ministry of Education. Completion of the GED may not provide students with the preparation or prerequisite skills for some academic programs.

The GED tests are scheduled up to six times each year in a regional centre. A non-refundable administration fee is payable at the time of application. To write the test, you must be 19 or older and a B.C. resident for at least six months. GED Prep courses are available at UCFV. Program information is available from Student Services, Access and Continuing Studies, or regional centres.

Computer labs

Introductory computer classes are scheduled in the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope computer labs. You can use computer software to help you with academic skill areas in which you need to improve.

Volunteer Tutor program

This program deals with reading, writing, and mathematics at a beginning level. Emphasis is on practical life skills needed by adults. Instruction is provided on a one-to-one basis by volunteer tutors. For more information call Julia Dodge, 604-792-0025, local 4776, in Chilliwack; or Marilyn MacDonald, 604-820-6014, in Abbotsford.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see Course descriptions section.


COMP 061

 Introduction to Computers

COMP 071

 Introduction to Computers (Part II)

ECP 064

 Education and Career Planning

ECP 074

 Education and Career Planning — Skills for Success


ENGL 051

 Fundamental English

ENGL 061

 Fundamental English

ENGL 071

 Intermediate English

ENGL 081

 Advanced English

ENGL 091

 Provincial English (Pre-College Introduction to Literature)

ENGL 099

 Pre-College Composition (contact the English department)


Note: All students applying to UCFV for math courses at the 080 and 090 levels must write a Math Placement Test on dates provided in order to get permission to register. For further details, please refer to the Mathematics course descriptions in the Course Descriptions section.

MATH 051

 Fundamental Mathematics

MATH 061

 Fundamental Mathematics

MATH 072

 Intermediate Algebraic Mathematics

MATH 081

 Advanced Business Mathematics

MATH 084

 Advanced Developmental Math (Introductory Mathematics 11 — Algebra)

MATH 085

 Advanced Algebraic Mathematics

MATH 094

 Introduction to College Mathematics I (contact the Mathematics department)

MATH 095

 Introduction to College Mathematics II (contact the Mathematics department)


SCI 061

 Fundamental Science (optional)

BIO 071

 Life Science

BIO 083

 Pre-College Biology I

BIO 093

 Pre-College Biology II (contact the Biology department)

CHEM 071

 Physical Science

CHEM 083

 Pre-College Chemistry I (contact the Chemistry department)

CHEM 093

 Pre-College Chemistry II (contact the Chemistry department)

PHYS 083

 Pre-College Physics I (contact the Physics department)

PHYS 093

 Pre-College Physics II (contact the Physics department)


FREN 100, Introduction to French (contact the Modern Languages department)

Academic Support courses

For information about pre-college courses, see Academic Support Courses in the Introduction and General Information section, and the Course Descriptions section.

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