Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

University Preparation

The University Preparation program offers adult basic education courses and programs for students with diverse educational backgrounds and academic goals.

Gain access to a specific course or complete your B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly called the Adult Graduation [Dogwood] Diploma). Adult basic education helps with bridging to a career, vocational, or academic program.

Courses are designed to provide a strong foundation for adult learners. They are delivered in small, student-centered classes through teaching methods that can accommodate students’ life experience and learning styles.

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How to Enrol

Applications for the UPREP program are accepted throughout the year with three semester intakes offered in the Fall, Winter and Summer terms.

  1. Contact an academic advisor to ensure you register for the right courses.
  2. After you've spoken with an advisor, you can apply for admission to TRU. See the Admissions Information Pacakage
  3. TRU will notify you of your acceptance and of your registration date.

Costs and Financial Aid

Low income students qualify for the Adult Upgrading Grant. This non-repayable grant covers costs for tuition, textbooks, ancillary fees, unsubsidized childcare and other fees. Learn more about the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Students who do not qualify for this grant are encouraged to contact the Students Awards and Financial Aid Office at TRU to access other sources to help fund their education.

Accuplacer Assessment

Students applying into UPREP for the first time are strongly encouraged to take the Accuplacer. The test is designed to assess the academic grade level you currently have which helps determine the correct level of courses for which you should be taking. Contact our Assessment Centre for costs and to schedule a testing time.

B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma

If your goal is to obtain a B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma our UPREP Program can assist you. This diploma is equivalent to the High School Dogwood Diploma.

Requirements:

  • Languages Arts 12 (TRU ENGL 0600)
  • Mathematics 11 or 12 (TRU MATH 0510)
  • Three Grade 12 ministry authorized courses or Social Studies 11 and two Grade 12 ministry authorized courses (TRU BIOL 0600, CHEM 0600, COMP 0600 or 0650, PHYS 0600, PSYC 0500, MATH 0600/0610, NAST 0500, NAST 0600, SOSC 0600,  or University-level courses)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have successfully completed three credit courses as an adult
  • Have successfully completed at least one credit course at TRU

Courses

CHEM 0500
Foundations of Chemistry 1 (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ABE - Advanced: This course is designed for those students who have taken no previous high school chemistry course but who now require the equivalent of Chemistry 11 for entry into a certain program or course. Topics covered include chemical arithmetic, chemical nomenclature, chemical formula calculations, energy, solutions, atomic theory, chemical bonding, acids and bases, and physical properties. The laboratory reinforces concepts introduced in the lectures.
Prerequisite: Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 12, or MATH 0500 or equivalent
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation department Required Lab: CHEM 0500L

COMP 0500
Introduction to Personal Computers (1,2,2)
Credits: 3
Campus
ABE - Advanced: This course is designed to introduce students to the personal computer environment at an advanced level. Students will gain basic computing skills, including File Management (Microsoft Windows), the Internet, Email, Word Processing (Microsoft Word), Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), and Microsoft PowerPoint. Historical and social issues arising from the use of computer technology is also covered.
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: COMP 0500L

ENGL 0400
Basic Language Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ABE - Intermediate: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to enter higher level courses. It is based on the following core skills: vocabulary development, reading, writing and study skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 0300, or English 9, or equivalent, with a B or better; or placement on the TRU entry assessment tests at an 0400 level in English
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department

ENGL 0500
Developing Writing Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ABE - Advanced: A basic writing skills course which covers mechanics, sentence structure, grammar and composition. The major modes of writing (description, narration, and exposition) are covered.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 0400 or English 10, or equivalent with a C+ or better or Communications 12 with a C+ or better
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department

ENGL 0600
Literature and Composition (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ABE - Provincial: ENGL 0600 is a Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalency) course which prepares students for the demands of compositions required in academic courses. It provides for further development of writing and thinking skills begun in earlier levels. Students work with a variety of rhetorical models for essay development. Also included is a critical analysis of selected works of prose and poetry.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0500 or English 11 or equivalent, with a C+ or better, or completion of all of ESAL 0570 and 0580 with a grade of C or better
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department

MATH 0300
Fundamental Math (8,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
Adult Basic Education – Fundamental: This is an entry-level math course, which focuses on operations involving whole numbers, fractions, decimal, percents, and measurement. Problem-solving is practiced in all topic areas.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department

MATH 0400
Basic Math Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
Adult Basic Education – Intermediate: Students practice and develop basic math skills, including a review of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percentages. Additional topics include systems of measurement, geometry, and an introduction to algebra.
Prerequisite: Minimum C+ standing in MATH 0300, or placement on the TRU entry assessment test at a MATH 0400 level; prerequisites must have been attained within the last two years
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department

MATH 0410
Algebra 1 (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
Adult Basic Education - Intermediate: Students prepare for entry into Math 0510 or Math 0520, by reviewing basic math skills, graphing linear equations, performing operations with polynomials, handling inequalities, solving first and second degree equations and systems of two equations, and simplyifying and solving rational and radical expressions and equations. Students are also introduced to right-triangle trigonomentry. Together with MATH 0400: Basic Math Skills, this course fulfills the Adult Basic Education-Intermediate requirements.
Prerequisite: Minimum C+ standing in Math 0400, or placement on the TRU engry assessment test at a MATH 0410 level
Note: The prerequisite must have been attained within the last two years. This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department.

MATH 0520
Foundations of Mathematics (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
Adult Basic Education – Advanced: This course is designed to prepare students with the math skills required to enter programs or courses for which Foundations of Math 11 is a prerequisite. Topics include basic algebra, rates, linear relations, systems of linear equations/inequalities, quadratic functions, geometry, and trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Minimum C standing in MATH 0410
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department

MATH 0650
Provincial Foundations of Mathematics (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
Adult Basic Education – Provincial: This course is designed to prepare students with the math skills necessary for entry to programs where Foundations of Math 12 is a prerequisite. Topics include logical reasong and set theory, permutations and combinations, probability, exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial and sinusoidal functions, and financial mathematics.
Prerequisite: Minimum C standing in MATH 0520 or Foundations of Math 11, MATH 0510 or Pre-calculus 11, or equivalent
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department