English Requirements

Note: Applicants to Trades and Technical programs should refer to BCIT's English Requirements for Trades and Technical Studies [PDF]

At BCIT, entrance requirements are program specific. Be sure to check your program entrance requirements for the level of English required (e.g. English 12 C+). In addition to the English level requirements, applicants are assessed as Category A or B.

Category A Applicants

Category A applicants are individuals who have studied for two years full-time in a country where English is the primary language.

Category A applicants must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. You have studied in a country where English is the primary language.
  2. You have completed at least two years full-time high school and/or post-secondary education in non-English Second Language (ESL) / English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses.

Category A applicants have met the speaking and listening requirements. Category A applicants must also meet the program's reading and writing English level (e.g. English 12 C+).

Category A applicants who have not met the program's English level should refer to BCIT's English Equivalencies - Category A.

Table: Countries where English is the Primary Language

Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana

Canada
Cayman Islands
Gambia
Ghana
Guyana
Ireland

Jamaica
Kenya
Mauritius
New Zealand
Nigeria
Singapore
South Africa
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
Tanzania
Uganda
United Kingdom
US
Zimbabwe

Category B Applicants

Category B applicants are individuals whose previous education is not from a country where English is the primary language or who have not completed two years of full-time education in English in non-English Second Language (ESL) / English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses.

You are a Category B applicant if:

  1. You have not studied in a country where English is the primary language.
  2. -OR-

  3. You have not completed at least two years of full-time high school and/or post-secondary education in non-English Second Language (ESL) / English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses.

Category B applicants will be required to satisfy the English requirement in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening to the required level of the program.

For information on how to meet all four English skills, review BCIT's English Equivalencies - Category B.