Senior Secondary Program
The Senior Secondary Program is open to students who have satisfactorily completed Grade 10 or the equivalent. Overseas applicants presenting external examination results, e.g. GCSE/GCE ‘O’ levels, Singapore/Cambridge GCE, SPM, or HKCE, should have achieved satisfactory grades, ordinarily the equivalent of a British Columbia Grade 11 ‘C’ average or better.
Applicants to the Senior Secondary Program presenting school reports (Form IV or V or Sec. 3 or 4) should have achieved overall satisfactory standing. Where school reports are not yet available, first term or mid-year reports must be submitted, together with Junior or Lower Certificate results.
Columbia College offers a Senior Secondary Program that fully conforms to the Ministry of Education requirements. The College’s semester system allows for a decrease in the time usually required to complete these requirements. Full Grade 11/12 requirements for high school graduation may be completed in four semesters (16 months). Students receiving transfer standing credit for studies taken prior to attending the College can expect to finish in 2 or 3 semesters. Upon completion of the Senior Secondary Program students receive a British Columbia Graduation Diploma.
Graduation Requirements (80 credits)
The courses listed satisfy both the BC Ministry requirements and Columbia College requirements for admission into the University Transfer program.
Students must have transfer standing for the courses in bold in order to be eligible for this program as Columbia College does not offer these courses. Students lacking these courses could consider the Accelerated or High School Completion Program instead.
English 11 (or Communications 11)
English 12 (or Communications 12)
Social Studies 10 and 11
Math 10 and 11
Science 10 and 11
Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10
Physical Education 10
3 Academic Grade 12 courses chosen from:
4 Elective courses chosen from:
Students are required to complete 150 minutes per week of physical activity, 30 hours of community service and complete a Graduation Transitions interview.
Where applicable, prerequisite courses must be completed and may increase the number of credits required to graduate. For example, Chemistry 11 is a prerequisite to Chemistry 12; students enrolling in Chemistry 12 must have first complete Chemistry 11 or the equivalent.
Note: not all courses are available every semester.
In keeping with BC Ministry of Education guidelines, at the discretion of the Principal, some Senior Secondary courses at Columbia College may be challenged. For details, students should consult a Counsellor.
Universities in Canada set their own entrance requirements. While these requirements vary from institution to institution, completion of the Senior Secondary Program at Columbia College satisfies the normal entrance requirements. Certain academic subjects and a minimum grade point average are also required.
Canadian university calendars are available in Student Services to all Columbia College students. Students will be advised regarding university admission requirements and application procedures during their course planning.
Students wishing to accelerate their studies can continue in the University Transfer Program at Columbia College immediately following satisfactory Senior Secondary completion, while awaiting their Provincial Examination results.