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Senior Secondary Program

In September 2017, Columbia College will introduce a full range of Grade 10 courses, providing students with the opportunity to complete all the requirements for Graduation in British Columbia (i.e. to complete a Dogwood Diploma). While major changes in curricula will be introduced in 2018, in the academic year 2017-18 Columbia College will offer a Graduation Program based on the program introduced in 2004.

This program is open to students who have satisfactorily completed Grade 9, 10, or 11, or the equivalent. Upon completion of the program, students can apply for direct university admission. The college’s 14-week semester system allows students to complete programs more quickly than a regular high school.

Graduation Requirements (80 credits)

The courses listed satisfy both the BC Ministry requirements and Columbia College requirements for admission into the University Transfer/Associate Degree program.

Required Courses Credits
English 10 4
Social Studies 10 4
Math 10 4
Science 10 4
Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10 4
P.E. 10 4
Planning 10 4
English 11 or Communications 11 4
Pre-calculus 11 4
A Science 11 4
Social Studies 11 4
English 12 or Communications 12 4

3 Academic Grade 12 courses chosen from:

Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Comparative Civilizations 12, Geography 12, History 12, Physics 12, Pre-calculus (Math) 12.

Graduation Transitions 4

4 Elective courses chosen from:

  • a Grade  10 course for which transfer standing has been received or,
  • Chemistry 11, Physics 11, Writing Discourse 11, or an Academic Grade 12

Note: Not all courses are available every semester.

University Admission

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. Information is available on university websites. Students may also seek advice from counsellors on university admission requirements and application procedures. 

Students wishing to accelerate their studies can continue in the University Transfer Program at Columbia College immediately following satisfactory High School completion, while awaiting transfer to university.