Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult learners (18 and older) may take ABE courses to:

  • improve basic English and math skills for personal benefit or to prepare for a job
  • meet university program prerequisites, or
  • complete high school and earn the provincial recognized Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood)

Entrance Requirements | Program Information

Course Descriptions | Fees and Costs

Entrance Requirements

ABE applicants must be at least 18 years old before the first day of classes OR have a high school graduation diploma. There is no maximum age limit, and students of all ages are encouraged to apply.

Students applying to an ABE program may need to take an assessment to measure reading, writing, and math skills. Completing the assessment helps place students at a course level that is comfortable and meets their skill level. A UUP instructional assistant can review your high school transcript and let you know if you need to take an assessment.

Those who have successfully completed ENGL 081 or are assessed at the ENGL 091 level are eligible to apply to the Adult Basic Education University Preparation (ABEUP) program. ABEUP students take Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency) courses and, at the same time, are also able to take up to three first-year university courses.

Program Information

All courses in the ABE program meet the BC Ministry of Education requirements and guidelines.

There are four levels to the ABE program:

  1. Fundamental Level
    • Helps students bring their skills up to a Grade 8 level
    • Includes reading, writing, spelling, and math courses
  2. Intermediate Level (Grade 10 Equivalency)
    • Includes English, math, science, and socials studies courses
  3. Advanced Level (Grade 11 Equivalency)
    • Includes English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer studies courses
  4. Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency)

Courses are offered at the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Hope campuses during the fall, winter, and summer semesters. NOTE: Summer semester courses are only available at the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses.

See the UUP timetable for the courses that are currently being offered.

For complete program information, see the UFV calendar.

For information on ABE courses that transfer to other BC post-secondary institutions, see the Adult Basic Education Transfer Guide.

Course Descriptions

The following table lists the provincially recognized ABE courses taught at UFV. These courses meet the BC Ministry of Education requirements and guidelines.

For full course descriptions, click the links below:

Fundamental Level
Course  Title
 COMP 061  Introduction to Computers
 COMP 062  Introduction to Computers: Navigating the Digital World
 ECP 065  Introduction to Education and Career Planning
 ECP 066  Workplace Numeracy & Problem Solving
 ECP 067  Workplace Reading & Document Use
 ECP 068  Workplace Computer Use & Writing Skills
 ECP 069  Introduction to Portfolio Development & Lifelong Learning
 ENGL 052  Fundamental-Level English III
 ENGL 053  Fundamental-Level English IV
 ENGL 062  Fundamental-Level English V
 ENGL 063  Fundamental-Level English VI
 MATH 052  Fundamental Math I
 MATH 053  Fundamental Math II
 MATH 062  Fundamental Math III
 MATH 063  Fundamental Math IV

Intermediate Level (Grade 10 Equivalency)
Course  Title
 COMP 071  Introduction to Computers
 ECP 074  Education & Career Planning: Skills for Success
 ENGL 071  Intermediate English
 MATH 075  Intermediate Math I
 MATH 076  Intermediate Math II

NOTE: MATH 084 or MATH 085 may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood).


Advanced Level (Grade 11 Equivalency)
Course  Title
 BIO 083  Pre-College Biology I
 CHEM 083  Preparatory College Chemistry I
 COMP 081  Introduction to Computers III
 ENGL 081  Advanced English
 MATH 084  Introductory Algebra & Trigonometry
 MATH 085  Intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry
 PHYS 083  Preparatory College Physics I

NOTE: Provincial Level courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood).


Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency)
Course  Title
 BIO 093  Pre-College Biology II
 COMP 091  Graphics and Publishing
 COMP 092  Computer Applications
 ECP 094  Education & Career Planning
 ENGL 090 Technical and Professional English
 ENGL 091  Provincial English
 ENGL 099  Pre-University Composition
 FNST 091  Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Peoples' Cultures
 IPK 092  Academic Learning & Indigenous Cultures
 IPK 093  Critical Thinking from Indigenous Perspectives
 MATH 094  Introduction to College Math I
 MATH 095  Introduction to College Math II
 MATH 096  Algebra & Trigonometry
 PHYS 093  Preparatory College Physics II

Fees and Costs

Apply now for the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Due to government funding changes, tuition is now free for upgrading courses and programs. See here for costs per credit and semester based fees. 

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Supplies (binders, pens, etc.)
  • Ancillary Fees
  • Student Fees

The Student Union Society Health and Dental Plan fee is charged to students who are enrolled in nine or more credits. It is charged in the fall semester only, but provides coverage from September to August. Students may opt out if they have equivalent coverage with another health plan.

Funding is available for those who qualify for the Adult Upgrading Grant ‌through UFV Financial Aid and Awards. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid office at least four weeks before classes start.

Upgrading courses are tuition-free at UFV

If you are a domestic student, Adult Basic Education and English Language Studies courses are tuition-free. And you may qualify for a grant to cover other costs.

Apply now


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