Upgrading

If you are missing one or more courses required for entrance into a BCIT program, or if you have the required course but your percentage grade is not high enough, there are several upgrading options available.

If you already have the knowledge you need and would rather write a test to prove your skills, find out more about BCIT's testing options.

BCIT upgrading options

Part-time studies courses

BCIT offers part-time upgrading courses in English, math, physics and biology. See the table below for courses offered and links to registration details.

Technology Entry (TE)

Applicants who need to upgrade several courses (i.e. English, math, chemistry and physics) may wish to consider BCIT's full-time Technology Entry (TE) program.

Professional English Language Development (PELD)

Applicants who need to upgrade their English may want to consider BCIT's part-time Professional English Language Development (PELD) program.

International Student Entry Program (ISEP)

International ESL applicants who need to upgrade English may want to consider BCIT's full-time International Student Entry Program (ISEP).

Trades Learning Centre

Trades access courses are available online or through distance education to help prepare you to write the BCIT Trades Pre-Entry Test.

Other upgrading options

School board adult learning centres

Equivalent high-school courses are available in day-school, night-school, or distance and online learning formats. Contact your local school board for current schedules. BC residents can search for distance and online courses at LearnNowBC.

Colleges

Equivalent high-school courses are available through your local colleges. Talk to a program advisor to ensure the course you have identified is equivalent to the BCIT requirement.

What grade is required for my upgrading course?

English courses: Refer to your program's entrance requirements and the English Requirements page to determine the percentage grade required.

Science and math courses: Refer to your program's entrance requirements to determine the percentage grade required.

Does your midterm grade for your upgrading course meets your program's entrance requirement? If yes, you can apply with your midterm grade.

Need more information?

Do you have questions or require further information about upgrading options? Contact Program Advising.

Upgrading courses offered at BCIT

Grade 12 Requirements

English Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
English 12 COMM 0005 - Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 4

ISEP Level 5 or Level 6 - International Student Entry Program
Two years of education in an English-speaking country COMM 0030 - Speaking and Listening Skills for ESL Students 2

ISEP Level 5 or Level 6 - International Student Entry Program

Science Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
Biology 12 BHSC 0100 - Human Biology
Chemistry 12 BCIT part-time studies course not currently available for Chemistry 12
Physics 12 BCIT part-time studies course not currently available for Physics 12

Math Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
Pre-Calculus 12 -or-

Foundations of Math 12 -or-

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 12
MATH 0001 - Technical Mathematics


Grade 11 Requirements

English Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
English 11 (for Technology Entry)
COMM 0004 - Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students

ISEP Level 5 - International Student Entry Program
Two years of education in an English-speaking country COMM 0029 - Speaking and Listening Skills for ESL Students 1

ISEP Level 5 - International Student Entry Program

Science Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
Biology 11
BCIT part-time studies course not currently available for Biology 11
Chemistry 11 BCIT part-time studies course not currently available for Chemistry 11
Physics 11 PHYS 0309 - Pre-Entry Physics 1

Math Requirement
Acceptable Course at BCIT
Pre-Calculus 11 -or-

Foundations of Math 11 -or-

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11

MATH 0007 - Technical Mathematics Introduction

OPMT 0199 - Math for Business

  • Acceptable for School of Business programs ONLY