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Non-Graduated Adult Program

Non-Graduated Adult Program

You may access the Course Planning Document here.

Adults who have not graduated (non-graduated adults) may take courses leading to the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (the Dogwood) or leading to the Adult Graduation Diploma (the Adult Dogwood).


Adults who have graduated (graduated adults) may take specific courses tuition-free under certain conditions.


Students are eligible to enter the adult graduation program at 18 years of age. School staff should encourage students to work toward a graduation diploma, ensure that they understand the requirements for graduation, and provide them with guidance in planning and course selection.


Adults eligible to take tuition-free courses must meet a number of conditions.  They must be:

     ordinarily resident in B.C

     enrolled in the school district

     taking the courses— under the supervision of, assessed and evaluated by an employee of the Board of Education who is certified by the Teacher Regulation Branch.


Schools must report credits earned by students to the Ministry for entry on student transcripts, and to incorporate the calculation of graduation eligibility for non-graduated adults.


To earn the Adult Graduation Diploma, an adult student must, either through enrolment or assigned credit through prior learning assessment, complete or obtain at least 3 courses after being admitted in an adult program.


Students working toward the Adult Dogwood may carry over two eligible courses taken before they begin the adult program. They may take courses from either colleges or school districts, or they can use qualifying courses from both systems and combine the attained credits to satisfy the Adult Graduation Program requirements.



Course Requirements:


To graduate with a British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma, an adult student must earn at least:

A. 20 credits in the secondary system; or B. 5 courses in the post-secondary system; or

C. a combination of the above.

in accordance with subsection (3).


An adult student must

1.    earn four credits in a Language Arts 12 course that meets the Language Arts requirements in the Course Registry or successfully complete one College or ABE qualifying course in the English subject area at either the provincial or postsecondary Level;

2.    earn 4 credits in a Mathematics 11, Mathematics 12, Accounting 11 or Accounting 12 course that meets the mathematics requirements in the Course Registry or successfully complete one College or ABE qualifying course in Mathematics at either the advanced, provincial or the post-secondary level; and

3.    Either

a.    earn a total of 12 credits in three “4 credit” Grade 12 Ministry Authorized Courses or successfully complete three College or ABE qualifying courses at the provincial level or the post-secondary level,


b.    meet the following:

                                      i.  earn a total of 12 credits, comprised of a “4-credit” Social Studies 11 course or a “4-credit” First Nations 12 course and two

“4-credit” Ministry Authorized Courses that meet the requirements in the Course Registry, or ii.           successfully complete one College or ABE qualifying course in Social Science at the advanced level and two courses at the provincial or post-secondary level.


An adult student may not earn graduation credit for Board Authorized Courses or local programs toward the British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma.


So, plainly stated, Adult Graduation requires one English 12 level course, one Math/Accounting 11 or 12 level course, and three other Ministry approved 4 credit courses of the grade 12 level, including Social Studies 11. Your advisor may request that you take a Literacy Foundation course or a lower level Science course to increase your success in completing your Graduation requirements.


For ease of use, we’ve included all the courses and their synopsis in this document.



English Requirement (select one if you have not completed)

English Studies 12

The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous
 learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 

courses. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities to:

     refine their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to achieve their personal and career goals
      think critically and creatively about the uses of language
      explore texts from a variety of sources, in multiple modes, and that reflect diverse worldviews
      deepen their understanding of themselves and others in a changing world
      gain insight into the diverse factors that shape identity
      appreciate the importance of self-representation through text
      contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples
      expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens




Mathematics Requirement (select one if you have not completed)

Accounting 11 (ACC11)

Workplace Math 11 (WPM11)

This introductory course is designed for those students seeking entry-level employment skills or personal skills. Stud

ents will gain insights into financial problems and solutions which have benefits for entrepreneurial and professional careers.

This pathway is designed the to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the workforce. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, number, statistics and financial literacy. The seven mathematical process (communication, connections, mental mathematics and estimation, problem solving, technology and visualization) are interwoven throughout the mathematical topics.

Foundations of Mathematics 11 (FoM11)

Pre-Calculus 11 (PREC11)

This pathway is designed to provide students with the

mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include logical reasoning, geometry, measurement, relations and functions, statistics and mathematics research project . The seven mathematical process (communication, connections, mental mathematics and estimation, problem solving, technology and visualization) are interwoven throughout the mathematical topics.

This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include algebra, number, relations and functions and trigonometry . The seven mathematical process (communication, connections, mental mathematics and estimation, problem solving, technology and visualization) are interwoven throughout the mathematical topics.

Foundations of Math 12 (FoM12)

Pre-Calculus Math 12 (PREC12)

Course delves into the world of finance, better preparing students for their financial future. Topics also covered are logical reasoning, odds and probabilities, and problem solving utilizing exponential and logarithmic functions.

An introduction to Calculus, including topics such as trigonometry, graphing, polynomials, exponents, and logarithms.

Calculus 12 (CALC12)


Calculus 12 is focused on students that are pursuing additional academic training in Science, Engineering, or other fields that require= advanced skills in mathematical analysis. It introduces the concept of calculus as an analytical tool and how it applies to written or graphical functions. Students will be able to calculate derivatives and anti-derivatives (integrals) of these functions and apply them to understanding the underlying relationships.


Additional Course Requirements (Minimum of Three)

Explorations in Social Studies 11 (EPSS 11)

BC First Peoples - SS12 (BCFP 12)

Social Studies 11 Explorations is a course unlike any other that you have taken.  It is an open, flexible course that has been designed to allow you to explore several areas within the realm of social studies at the grade 11 level. Each of the four units which make up this course has been created to prepare you for one of four social studies courses at the grade 12 level. It is like those restaurants that have a sampler menu so that when you go back the next time, you know exactly what to order. 

The units, which have the same names as the grade 12 courses, are as follows:


B.C. First Nations Studies is a course that addresses the history of First

Nations people in B.C. from prior to European contact up to the present day.

Anatomy and Physiology 12 (ATPH 12)

Chemistry 12 (CH12)

Biology 12 focuses on human biology, allowing students to develop an interest in, and understanding of, science by looking at themselves and seeing how diverse body systems are integrated to preserve and sustain life. To prepare students for exploring human biological functions, the first two modules introduce the biology of basic life forms. Cell structure and function get students thinking about how their bodies are formed, on a molecular level.

Chemistry 12 is designed mainly for students who might study science, engineering, medicine, or technology at the post-secondary level.

Physics 12 (PH12)


Physics 12 is a lab-oriented course. It expands on Physics 11 by extending
the study of motion to 2-dimensions. This includes the study of motion, forces, momentum, energy. It also deals with unique cases such as equilibrium, circular motion as they apply to the motion of the planets (gravitation). 


Work Experience Courses (WEX)

Literacy Foundations Courses

Creative Writing 12 (WR12)

Culinary Arts 12, Introduction to (FDN12)


This course provides students with a solid 

grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story, to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry.

This course will give you the basic fundamentals to start working in the kitchen and gaining experience as you explore and establish your talents for cooking and preparing food in a creative, safe way.

Digital Photography 12 (VAMT12)

Entrepreneurship 12 (ENT12)

Students will learn that photography is a not single process but rather a new way of seeing and thinking. Learning from the greats, students will develop a more critical and creative eye.

Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.

Fashion & Interior Design 12 (TXT12)

Hospitality & Tourism 12 (TRM12)

Do you have a flair for fashion? Are you constantly redecorating your room? If so, the 
design industry might be for you! In this course, you'll explore what it is like to work in the industry by exploring career possibilities and the background needed to pursue them. Get ready to try your hand at designing as you learn the basics of color & design then test your skills through hands-on projects.

One of the fastest-growing industries in the world is hospitality and tourism. This course introduces students to all aspects of the industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and more.

Human Geography 12 (CCN12)

International Business 12 (MK12)

How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do 
geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? We will explore the diverse ways in which people affect and are affected by their surroundings.

From geography to culture, global business is an exciting topic in the business community today. This course is designed to help students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace.

Real World Parenting 12 (FM12)

Theater, Cinema & Film Production 12 (MDFT12)

What is the best way to 
care for children and teach them self-confidence and a sense of responsibility? Learn what to prepare for, what to expect, and what vital steps parents can take to create the best environment for their children.

Lights! Camera! Action! This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of film and theater productions. Students will learn about the basics of lighting, sound, wardrobe, and camera work for both film and theater settings.


  You may access the Course Planning Document here.