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Program paths

Paths exist for Adult Education, Arts, Business, Child and Youth Care, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology, General Studies, Library and Information Technology, Nursing, Science, and Social Services.

Following a program path allows you to:

• take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for a program
• take courses to fulfill the first- or second-year requirements for professional programs
• take a few courses to get started if you are not ready to enter a program

Entrance requirements for all program paths

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

2. Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply to any of the program paths

1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Proof of graduation (an official high school transcript) if you are under 19 and no longer in school.
• A transcript is recommended for students over 19, in order to meet course prerequisites.

No documents need to be submitted by students currently in Grade 12, until final grades are available at the beginning of August.

You must show that you meet the prerequisites for each course. All prerequisites must be met when you register for courses, except for students currently in Grade 12 who will have until the beginning of August to meet high school prerequisites.

If a UFV Placement Test or Upgrading and University Preparation assessment (UUP) score is required, please make arrangements to write it early in the year.

2. Upon admission to UFV, you will be provided with registration information. You should contact a Student Services educational advisor if you require assistance in choosing your courses and planning your timetable.

3. For students under 19 years of age, admission is conditional upon B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of graduation is due at the end of the first week in August for the Fall semester. B.C. Grade 12 students can arrange at their schools to have transcripts sent directly to UFV.

Note: It is essential that you provide your Provincial Education Number (PEN) on the application form.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.

Location

Course locations vary from campus to campus.

Program path guidelines

Course selection

When selecting your courses, refer to the entrance or program requirements for your intended program so that credits you complete while in a program path may be applied to your preferred program at a later date. You may enrol in courses for which you meet the prerequisites. It may be difficult to enrol in some courses as seats are reserved for students admitted to the program. Students on a program path may be able to enrol in these courses if there are vacancies after program students have registered. Refer to the course descriptions for course prerequisite information. If a placement test is required, please make arrangements early in the year to write it.

Student Services educational advisors can assist you in developing an individual educational plan. Advisors encourage all new students to attend a free “Becoming a Student” session. Call Student Services at 604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack), or 604-826-6000 (Mission) or email advising@ufv.ca.

If you need more individualized assistance after attending the “Becoming a Student” session, please contact Student Services to make a confidential 45-minute appointment with a Student Services educational advisor. These appointments can help you refine your goals and objectives, understand available choices, and select courses which will apply to your intended program or programs.

Course transferability

Be sure to consult an educational advisor in Student Services if you are planning to transfer courses to another university, or check transfer information in the online B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca. We also suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips handbook available from Student Services, or online through bctransferguide.ca. Some courses carry transfer credit only to certain universities, and careful planning is important. Courses numbered 300 and 400 will be considered for transfer on a course-by-course basis by the university to which you are transferring.

For further information on transferring credit, please see Transfer to Other Institutions.

Continuance in a program path

To remain enrolled as a student in a program path, you must meet the criteria for continuance as outlined in the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Graduation

Program paths do not lead to graduation from a certificate, diploma, or degree program. Students should apply for their program of choice by the time they have completed 30 university-level credits. For more information about UFV programs and program paths, please see below.

Paths to programs

The following paths to programs are available.

Adult Education Studies
For students interested in pursuing the following program:
• Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) degree

Arts Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
•
Bachelor of Arts degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
• Associate of Arts degree (all options)
• Liberal Arts diploma
• Fashion Design diploma
• Graphic and Digital Design diploma
• Theatre Arts diploma
• Visual Arts diploma

Business Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Business Administration degree
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) degree
• Business Administration diploma
• Accounting certificate
• Administration certificate

• Marketing and Sales certificate

Child and Youth Care Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Care) degree
• Early Childhood Education diploma
• Early Childhood Education certificate

Computer Information Systems Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree
• Computer Information Systems diploma
• Computer Information Systems certificate

Criminal Justice Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
• Criminal Justice diploma

Kinesiology Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Kinesiology
• Adventure Tourism Training certificate (not available in 2013/14)

Library and Information Technology Studies
For students interested in pursuing the following program:
• Library and Information Technology diploma

Nursing Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (including LPN Access applicants)
• Practical Nursing diploma

Science Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Science
• Certified Dental Assistant certificate
• Health Care Assistant certificate

Social Services Studies
For students interested in pursuing one of the following programs:
• Bachelor of Social Work
• Social Service diploma
• Substance Abuse Counselling certificate (not available in 2013/14)
• Community Support Worker certificate

Studying for Interest
For students who are taking a course for interest.

If none of the paths meet your needs, then you may also consider the following programs:
• Bachelor of General Studies degree
• General Studies diploma