High School Admissions
- Approved BC High School Courses
- Admission Requirements by Degree Group
- Admission Requirements for Applicants from BC and Yukon High Schools
- Special Early Provisional Admission
- Early Provisional Admission from a BC High School
- BC High School Transcripts
- Headstart Entry from a BC High School
- Dual High School/University Credit
- International Baccalaureate
- Advanced Placement
- British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma
- Admission from Secondary Schools and CEGEP in Other Canadian Provinces
Approved BC High School Courses
Admission Requirements by Degree Groups
High School admission average is based on a calculation of the average grade of five required grade 12 courses.
Admission Requirements for Applicants from BC and Yukon High Schools
Successful completion of an approved grade 12 program leading to graduation with an acceptable BC/Yukon high school average calculated on the basis of the five best grade 12 courses from the above list, for the Degree Group in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group Table above or First Entry Professional Program of your choice (see also “Special Entry”).
Special Early Provisional Admission
Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are encouraged to apply for Special Early Admission no later than the end of February. A decision will be made based on the student's self-declared Grade 11 and 12 grades and, no later than the end of February, a provisional offer of admission will normally be made to all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum grade point average and course requirements. The conditions associated with special early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education.
The University reserves the right to withdraw a provisional offer of admission if the above conditions are not met.
Early Provisional Admission from a BC High School
Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are advised to apply for Early Admission (currently before the end of February). A provisional decision will be made based on the student's current grades and a provisional offer of admission will be made to applicants who are considered exceptional. The conditions associated with early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education. Where a student does not satisfy the three conditions, the University reserves the right to withdraw the provisional offer of admission.
BC High School Transcripts
Applicants who are required to submit official BC High School transcripts should contact the BC Ministry of Education:
Ministry of Education - Transcripts
PO Box 9886 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T6 General Information Telephone: (250) 356-7270
visit the Ministry of Education website: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/transcript
Headstart Entry from a BC High School
Outstanding students who have completed BC grade 11, can demonstrate an exceptional academic record, and can provide evidence of above average maturity may apply for admission to UNBC. In many cases this may mean concurrently registering in one or two first-year introductory UNBC courses while completing grade 12. However, in exceptional cases, these applicants may be admitted to study as a full-time first-year student at UNBC.
To apply for Headstart entry, the application must be accompanied by an autobiographical letter indicating the applicant's areas of interest and reasons for wishing to attend UNBC, along with letters of recommendation from the high school principal and at least one teacher or counsellor from the school, and a complete high school transcript. Questions and correspondence should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Dual High School/University Credit
High school students in grade 12 who are in good standing, and have the recommendation from their principal or guidance counsellor, may enroll with UNBC in order to earn credits that can be used jointly as elective credits towards high school graduation and as first-year university credit towards a degree. This program is designed to allow high school students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in a university-level course while at the same time earning credits towards their high school diploma. High school students who successfully complete a course(s) can also apply the credits earned towards their future university degree. The courses offered to high school students will be first-year UNBC courses. In order to qualify for dual credit, the British Columbia Ministry of Education requires that the course be approved by the student’s home high school before the student registers for the course.
High school students wishing to take a UNBC course to obtain Dual Credit must be in grade 12 and must be in good academic standing at the time of application. In addition, students must obtain the signature of their principal (or guidance counsellor) and a parent or guardian (if under 18 years old) indicating that they are capable of successfully completing a university-level course.
While students may take up to three courses from UNBC for Dual Credit, they may only take one course at a time. Upon completion of the course, a transcript will be mailed to the student and to the high school. It should be noted that successful completion of a Dual High School/University Credit course does not guarantee future admission to UNBC.
Students who are awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the International Baccalaureate headquarters. Students who are awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Diploma students are required to present three Higher level subjects and three Subsidiary level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credits.
Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. Subsidiary level subjects are not eligible for transfer credit on a certificate program. A list of acceptable IB courses is available in the BC Transfer Guide (available online at http://www.bccat.ca/), or visit our Admission Requirements by Degree Groups table above.
Students who take the College Board Advanced Placement courses in high school may be awarded transfer credit upon receipt of the official exam results from the College Board. Courses completed with a grade of four or above will be awarded transfer credit. Students who have completed AP courses with a grade of three may be considered for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing allows a student to register in a higher level course without the required prerequisite. However, as credit is not awarded advanced standing will not reduce the number of credits that a student must accumulate to obtain a UNBC degree. As a result a student must make up this credit by completing another course to be used towards their degree requirements. A listing of acceptable AP courses for transfer credit is available on the BC Transfer Guide's website at www.bctransferguide.ca/search/ap.
British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma
Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, and have successfully completed the BC Adult Graduation Diploma and the appropriate entrance requirements for Degree Group at the Grade 12 level with an overall average of 65% or better. Applicants in this category are not required to complete a fifth grade 12 course as noted in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group table above.
Admission from Secondary Schools and CEGEP in Other Canadian Provinces
|English Studies 12||Pre-Calculus 12||Anatomy & Physiology 12||Life Sciences 11||Chemistry 12||Chemistry 11||Physics 12|
|Alberta & Northwest Territories||ELA 30-1||Math 30-1||Biology 30||Biology 20||Chemistry 30||Chemistry 20||Physics 30|
|Saskatchewan||English A30 and English B30||Pre-Calculus 30||Biology 30||Biology 20||Chemistry 30||Chemistry 20||Physics 30|
|Manitoba||English 40S (Comprehensive/ Literary/Transac - tional Focus)||Pre-Calculus 40S||Biology 40S||Biology 30S||Chemistry 40S||Chemistry 30S||Physics 40S|
|Quebec Grade 12||Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-960-6306|
|Quebec CEGEP||Please contact us at email@example.com or 250-960-6306|
|Nova Scotia||English 12 or English 12 African Heritage||Advanced Math 12 or Math 12||Anatomy & Physiology 12||Biology 11||Chemistry 12||Chemistry 11||Physics 12|
|New Brunswick||English 121 or 122||Pre-Calculus A 120 and Pre-Calculus B 120||Anatomy & Physiology 122||Biology 112||Chemistry 122||Chemistry 112||Physics 121 or 122|
|Prince Edward Island||English 611 or 621||Math 621B||Biology 621||Biology 521||Chemistry 611 (A) or 621 (A)||Chemistry 511 (A) or 521 (A)||Physics 621|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||English 3201||Math 3204 or 3205||Biology 3201||Biology 2201||Chemistry 3202||Chemistry 2202||Physics 3204|
|Nunavut||ELA 30-1||Math 30-1||Biology 30||Biology 20||Chemistry 30||Chemistry 20||Physics 30|
Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Successful completion of an academic grade 12 program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall 65% average selected from:
- English Language Arts 30-1
- at least three additional courses selected from the following: Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot Language and Culture 30, Chemistry 30, Chinese Language and Culture 30, Cree 30, Cree Language and Culture 30, English 35, Experiential Science 30, Français 30-1 or 30-2, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, German 30/30S, German 31, German Language and Culture 30, German Language Arts 30, Gonawo K'e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian Language and Culture 30, Japanese Language and Culture 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Mathematics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2, South Slavey 35, Spanish Language and Culture 30, Ukrainian Language and Culture 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
- additional level 30 or level 31 courses necessary for the successful completion of grade 12. The fifth course subject must be distinct from the four academic courses (e.g., English Language Arts 30-1 and English Language Arts 30-2 cannot both be used).
Successful completion of an academic level three (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least seven academic courses with an overall 65% average (five of which are at the 30 level) selected from:
- English A30 and B30
- Math A30, or B30, or C30 or Precalculus 30
- at least three additional courses numbered 30 selected from the following subjects: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français A30 or B30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics 30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukrainian 30, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
- additional acceptable courses necessary to graduate
Successful completion of an academic Sr 4 level (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall average of 65% selected from:
- English 40S (One of Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus)
- three or more of the additional courses should be selected from the following: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, Français 40S, Geography 40S, History 40S, Language 40S, Law 40S, Mathematics 40S, Native Canadian Languages 40S, Physics 40S, Pre Calculus 40S, Social Science 40S/World Issues 40S, Western Civilization 40S
- one additional course from above or another area at the 40A (advanced), 40G (general), or 40S (specialized) level and any further work necessary to graduate
Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including five grade 12 U or 4U/4M courses with an overall 65% average including:
- English 4U
- four additional 4U/4M courses
All high school courses applied as prerequisites for UNBC courses must be drawn from the “University” designation. Not more than one course proposed for admission may be drawn from the “Arts” category.
Successful completion of at least 12 acceptable university preparatory CEGEP courses with a minimum overall average of 70%, selected from:
- at least two pre-university English courses
- 10 additional pre-university courses deemed appropriate for entry into the academic program of choice
Students who complete more than 12 pre-university CEGEP courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each course may receive up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit.
Quebec Grade 12
Applicants who successfully complete a Quebec grade 12 program with an overall 65% average must present:
- at least three additional university preparatory courses selected from Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Literature, Social Sciences, History, Geography
- additional academic subjects required for graduation
Successful completion of an academic (college preparatory) program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least six courses from:
- English 121 or 122
- at least three additional grade 12 academic courses coded 120/121/122 selected from Advanced Mathematics, Atlantic Literature, Biology, Calculus, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, Computer Education, Economics, Environmental Studies, Français, French, Geography, Geology, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Writing, World Issues
- additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Prince Edward Island
Successful completion of an academic or advanced academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including:
- English 611 or 621
- at least three additional courses numbered 611 or 621 selected from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, Exploring Civilizations, Français, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Political Science, Sociology
- additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Successful completion of an academic program (university preparatory) that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least five subjects from:
- English 12, or English 12: African Heritage
- at least two courses numbered 12 selected from Biology, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, French, Gaelic, Geography, German, Global History, Latin, Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Pre-Calculus Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Spanish
- additional 12 courses from above or from Comparative Religion, Computer Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Food Science, Global Geography, Geology, Law, Modern World Problems, Music, Political Science, Sociology or Statistics
- additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Newfoundland and Labrador
Successful completion of an academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average, and including at least 13 credits selected from:
- English 3201 or completion of the former Language 3101 and either Thematic Literature 3201 or Literary Heritage 3202
- Mathematics 3200, 3201, 3204 or 3205
- at least one of Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, Physics 3204, Earth Systems 3209
- at least one of Advanced Writing 3103, Computer Technology 3200, Environmental Science 3205, Global Issues 3205, World Literature 3216, World Religions 3101/3106 or Geography, History or languages at the 3000 level
- at least two additional credits at the 3000 level
- additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Updated: June 7, 2022