Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Department of University and Employment Preparation

Our courses fit in with your schedule


Are you thinking about taking one of our tuition-free University Preparation courses — but you've already got a lot on the go? Check out our list, with days and times for each course. It might be easier than you think.

We offer adult learners the opportunity to:

  • complete prerequisites for admission into career, vocational and academic programs
  • complete several adult basic education diplomas including the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (the equivalent to high school completion)

Courses in biology, business, chemistry, computing, English, math, psychology, physics, science, social science and student success are designed for adult learners and delivered in small, student-centred classes through teaching methods that accommodate students' life experience and different learning styles.

Courses are offered at the Kamloops, Williams Lake and other regional campuses.

University Preparation (Adult Basic Education Courses)

Complete a specific course before entering a career, vocational, or academic program. We offer courses in:

  • biology
  • business
  • chemistry
  • English
  • math
  • physics
  • science
  • student success

Adult Graduation (Dogwood) Diploma

This diploma is equivalent to the High School Dogwood Diploma.

Education and Skills Training Program (ESTR)

Specific Training and employment information for students with cognitive disabilities:


Students registering in university preparation courses for the first time are encouraged to take the Accuplacer for correct course placement. Make arrangements to write this placement test through the TRU Assessment Centre.

Student Success course

If you are a new student to TRU or a student who has been away from formal education for a while we would like you to consider enrolling in our STSS 0500 (Student Success) course.

Students are introduced to a variety of topics applicable to their other courses. Topics include time management, successful study strategies, communication and listening skills, reading strategies and vocabulary development, problem solving skills, test taking strategies, test anxiety management skills, and others.

Department Contact

Jane Horton
University and Employment Preparation Chair
Phone: 250-828-5261
Fax: 250-371-5514

High School Homework Help

The PAUL Initiative resumes Tuesday, Sept. 19. This service for high school students in grades 8 to 12 is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the UPrep Centre located in Old Main (OM 2551). We have three tutors (Jon, Francis, and Alex) as well as other volunteers who can help students in mathematics, sciences, French and English.

The PAUL Initiative is named in honour of Paul Jubinville, one of our first volunteer tutors, who died of cancer during the first semester of this service.

The UPrep Centre is also open during the day for students seeking additional support or a quiet place to work and study; see the Winter 2018 UPrep Centre schedule.

For further information please call Jane Horton at 250-828-5261 or email her at