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If you are an adult learner and have not completed high school or need to upgrade to meet university requirements, the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program can help you. Improve basic English, math, and computer skills for personal benefit or to prepare for a job; finish high school and earn the provincially-recognized Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood); or complete specific courses the meet the prerequisites for vocational, technical, academic, or career programs.
There are four levels to the Adult Basic Education program, and your personal circumstances will determine which level is right for you:
For complete program information, see the UFV Academic Calendar.
For information on Adult Basic Education courses that transfer to other BC post-secondary institutions, see the Adult Basic Education Transfer Guide.
Upgrading your education is your passport to better job prospects.
On average, Canadians with a high school diploma earn 25% more than those without. The average earnings are even higher with a university diploma, certificate or degree.
Those without a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed, especially during economic downturns. Many employers now specify post-secondary education as a minimum qualification for employment, even when a degree or college diploma exceeds the actual skills requirements of their entry-level jobs.
View the Adult Basic Education entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.
This program is open for international students. Please note that tuiton fees will apply.
Book an appointment with the Upgrading and University Preparation department to discuss upgrading options.
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Upgrading through UFV was absolutely the right decision for me. I could get my foot in the door at a wonderful university, and despite having not yet completed high school, I feel like a real university student! The upgrading courses are fun and have a relaxed environment — allowing you to thrive and flourish academically.