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BC Adult Graduation Diploma

Program Availability:

This program is available to applicants residing inside or outside of Canada. Prior to applying for an Adult Basic Education program, refer to individual course descriptions for availability of courses outside Canada.

Program Description:

Grade 12 equivalency.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

This program, which replaces the former Adult Basic Education Provincial Diploma option and the "Adult Dogwood," allows adult learners to return to and complete their BC Ministry of Education secondary school requirements, thus enabling them to enter the workforce or other post-secondary studies.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements:

Minimum of two of the required courses must be completed through TRU (distance or on-campus).

Diploma Requirements:

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education credential parallels the requirements of the Ministry of Education's Adult Graduation Diploma.

Five courses, of which a minimum of three are normally completed as an adult (at least 19 years of age, or 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system a minimum of 12 months), are required as follows:

English (one required)

ENGL 0601, Introduction to Literature

ENGL 0641, Survey of British Literature or an approved Grade 12 Language Arts course

Mathematics (one required)

MATH 0523, Advanced Mathematics

ACCT 1211, Accounting I or an approved mathematics or accounting course at the Grade 11 level or higher (not recommended for students wanting to pursue studies at other post-secondary institutions. Consult with other institutions about admission requirements and recommended courses if applicable)

Electives (three required)

BIOL 0601, Provincial Biology

ENGL 0641, Survey of British Literature (applicable as elective if not used towards an English requirement)

MATH 0633, Provincial Mathematics

PHYS 0601, Senior Physics

Consult a TRU-OL program advisor for a list of other suitable electives.


Approved Grade 12, college, or university courses may be eligible (consult an TRU-OL program advisor). Prior completion of all ABE Advanced Certificate requirements is not mandatory, although certain courses do have prerequisites.

Courses authorized by the Ministry of Education (four secondary-school credits) or the Ministry of Advanced Education may be used toward the BC Adult Graduation Diploma provided the ministry-authorized courses meet diploma requirements.

Courses taken through TRU-OL or at other recognized schools or colleges in BC or elsewhere, can be assessed for credit toward the Advanced Certificate and/or the BC Adult Graduation Diploma. A completed Program Admission form form, official transcripts from all schools and institutions attended and the appropriate fee are required for an assessment. The credit assessment fee may be waived if students are submitting transcripts only from BC secondary schools, BC college ABE programs or TRU-OL. Students may also apply for program admission on the ApplyBC website.

Some non-formal courses and qualifications have also been assessed as providing transferable credit. Credit can also be earned for some ABE requirements by demonstrating knowledge through challenge examinations.

Students wanting to enter a university directly must meet the requirements of the institution they plan to attend and should select courses accordingly

Credit courses from BC post-secondary institutions used to meet the requirements of the Adult Basic Education Advanced Certificate or BC Adult Graduation Diploma qualifications may also be used to meet the requirements of a TRU-OL program qualification.

Students are responsible for consulting with their TRU-OL program advisor to ensure that courses selected meet program requirements.


Email Student Services for more information.

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