Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

You can register for most courses without being enrolled in a program.

ABE courses and programs are for adult learners preparing for post-secondary studies and the workplace. (An adult learner is at least 19 years old or 18 years old and out of the public school system a minimum of 12 months.)

Our ABE programs are designed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and are similar to those offered by other BC post-secondary institutions.


Choosing courses

Credits you earned in high school may be applied toward the BC Adult Graduation Diploma, as long as you complete at least three courses as an adult learner. To succeed in your studies, you need certain skills in English and math. You can use self-assessments to help you decide where to start.

Your choice of courses depends on your educational goals. If you plan to transfer to a post-secondary program, you must complete at least one advanced-level math course and four provincial-level courses. You might also require basic knowledge of a second language. Check admission requirements at BCCAT.

The number of courses you take depends on what you can comfortably handle. Many students start with one or, at most, two courses. You may find that your learning is more effective when you are able to focus on one course at a time.

You have anywhere from 30 to 36 weeks to finish each course.

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