College and Career Preparation
Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses
Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are for adults who want to:
review and improve their English, computer, math, or science skills to
meet employment requirements or for personal benefit
For entry into ABE courses, students must:
be at least 19 years of age, or
Note: If you do not meet the entrance requirements, you may apply for special admission.
Note: Please consult UCFV International if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
How to apply
Students apply to take ABE course by calling or visiting their nearest CCP department to discuss their education and career goals with an instructional assistant. If necessary, students will be advised to register for an assessment session where their reading, writing, and/or math skills will be assessed.
To find out when the next CCP information and assessment session will be held, please see this section of the CCP website or contact your nearest UCFV CCP centre by phone or email.
Registration into courses is dependant on available seats, so assessing early is recommended.
Students who have been given a registration time and meet course prerequisites can register online or in person at Admissions and Registration.
Students who do not meet course prerequisites will be given permission to register in courses based on their previous education, assessment results, and their goals. Permission to Register forms should be picked up from a CCP instructional assistant.
UCFV students are required to pay a variety of fees and buy their own textbooks and supplies. The fees paid for courses, which depend on the level of the course and the level of education of the student, are described below.
There are no fees for courses numbered 051 or 061.
See the Fees and Other Costs section for details.
Financial aid from Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP)
The ABESAP grant is available to eligible students to help pay required fees and related costs. For information about the ABESAP grant, contact the CCP instructional assistant on your campus or Student Financial Aid Services at 604 864 4601 in Abbotsford or 604-702-2618 in Chilliwack.
Dates and locations
ABE courses are scheduled according to the UCFV timetable. During the fall and winter semesters, courses are offered in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Mission. Summer semester courses are offered in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Go to this section of the CCP website to see the CCP timetable, or contact the CCP instructional assistant on a campus near you (see above) for more information.
Three-credit CCP courses meet twice per week for 15 weeks for a total of 90 hours. In addition to attending classes, students are expected to work on assignments outside of class time. For this reason, a full-course load for ABE students is considered to be three courses (9 credits).
The CCP department offers courses from the four levels of BCs Adult Basic Education (ABE) program: Fundamental, Intermediate, Advanced, and Provincial. ABE courses follow the guidelines and requirements established by the Ministry of Advanced Education. A certificate is available for each level for students who complete the requirements.
Fundamental Level (certificate available)
The following Fundamental-level courses offered through the CCP department help students bring their skills up to the Grade 8 level.
ABE Tutee, ENGL 051, and MATH 051 are Fundamental level I courses. To enrol in a Fundamental level I course, a student must obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
COMP 061, ENGL 061, and MATH 061 are Fundamental level II courses. To enrol in a Fundamental level II course, a student must meet the prerequisite or obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
Fundamental-level certificate requirements:
Intermediate Level (certificate available)
The following Intermediate-level courses offered through the CCP department help students bring their skills up to the Grade 10 level.
Note: Intermediate-level courses meet the entry requirement for some vocational programs.
To enrol in an Intermediate-level course, a student must meet the prerequisites or obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
Intermediate-level certificate requirements:
Advanced Level (certificate available)
Advanced-level courses considered to be equivalent to Grade 11 courses are offered through several different UCFV departments.
The CCP department offers the following Advanced-level courses.
The following Advanced-level courses are offered through other UCFV departments.
Note: MATH 084 or 085 may be used to fulfill the math requirement of the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (see below for information about the BC Adult Graduation Diploma).
Note: Some Advanced-level courses may be used as prerequisites for post-secondary programs.
To enrol in an Advanced-level course, a student must meet the prerequisites or obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
Advanced-level certificate requirements (four courses):
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.
Provincial-level courses considered to be equivalent to Grade 12 courses are offered through several different UCFV departments.
The CCP department offers the following Provincial-level courses.
The following Provincial-level courses are offered through other UCFV departments.
Note: Provincial-level courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (see below for more information)
The BC Adult Graduation (Adult Dogwood) diploma is the adult secondary completion diploma for adults, 19 years of age or over.
To be eligible to graduate in the Adult Graduation Program, adult students (19 years of age or over) must complete five courses in the post-secondary system.
A Provincial-level English (ENGL 091) or higher course, and
To complete the requirements, students may need to take some courses outside the CCP department, so it is important when planning your program to consult with your CCP Instructional Assistant.
Note: To be eligible for the Adult Graduation Diploma, a person must be 19 years or older. An eighteen-year-old who has been out of school for at least a year may be admitted to an adult program with approval form.
Note: Courses from the BC School System may be counted toward the diploma; however, at least three courses must be taken as an adult.
The General Educational Development (GED) tests are five multiple choice tests in the areas of language arts writing, language arts reading, social studies, science, and mathematics. The language arts writing test also requires the writing of an essay.
The GED Secondary School Equivalency Certificate is awarded to examinees who successfully complete all five tests. The GED certificate is NOT the same as the Dogwood diploma awarded to students who complete the graduation requirements of the BC Secondary School Program or the Adult Dogwood diploma awarded to students who complete the graduation requirements of the BC Adult Graduation Program. While the GED cannot be considered as a substitute for a Dogwood diploma, success in earning the GED certificate will satisfy the UCFV entrance requirements where the stated requirement is secondary school completion or equivalent. However, passing the GED tests does not result in a student having credit for any specific Grade 11 or Grade 12 individual course.
To write the GED, a student must:
be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant,
To learn more about the GED, go to http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/ged/.
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