We understand the uncertainty related to COVID-19 measures can make preparing for your future studies at BCIT stressful. We are committed to ensuring the application process remains as smooth as possible for you. We also understand that many of the circumstances you may be facing are beyond your control. Our dedicated team of program advisors and admissions officers are here to help wherever possible. In addition, below you will find answers to many frequently asked questions.
Updated: July 24, 2020 – 3:30 pm
Fall 2020 Program Delivery
Frequently asked questions
Yes, applications are still open for many programs. Visit the Program Availability page to see a full list. Admissions officers continue to work remotely and provide the same level of customer service standards. Some programs have application submission deadlines, and, where appropriate, these programs are extending their deadline or adding additional deadlines to allow more time for you to apply. Please see your program’s Program Entry page for specific deadline changes.
Yes, the Fall 2020 term is going ahead as scheduled. You can expect your courses to be delivered fully or partially online while delivering the exceptional learning experience BCIT is known for. Delivery will vary by program, depending on the degree of learning that requires the use of specific equipment, tools, or facilities that cannot be replicated in an online environment. Over the summer, we are reviewing each program and course for any required in-person learning. Along with your program area, our Occupational Health and Safety team is assessing classrooms, labs, and shops to ensure your safety as well as that of faculty and staff. You will be notified of any changes by email as soon as they are confirmed and approved. As decisions are made, program areas will be communicating with you to provide specific information for courses that will include face-to-face learning.
No, BCIT’s application process is fully online, and you can submit all your documents online with your application. Visit Submitting Transcripts & Supporting Documents for more information. If original documents are required for verification purposes, we will contact you by email.
The entrance requirements remain unchanged since they are important to ensure you will be successful in your program. However, we understand your concerns, and we have provided alternate ways to meet certain requirements. If your application is incomplete, and you are having difficulty meeting a requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact your admissions officer by email so they can provide you with alternatives. You can find their contact information in your myCommunication letters in your myBCIT account.
We understand that many English proficiency test centers have limited their in-person testing. We are temporarily accepting results from tests you can take at home, such as the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, Pearson Versant Student Placement Test, and the Duolingo English Test. You may also complete the online ISEP program or select BCIT online PELD courses. See English Requirements for details on the many alternatives that are currently available.
You can continue to use the alternate tests as long as they are listed on the English Requirements page when you upload your documents. Note that these are in place as temporary measures while test centers are impacted. When the situation stabilizes and test centers re-open, BCIT will re-assess the need for the temporary tests while allowing a transition period.
Online assessment tests are now available for most tests. We are working hard to offer alternatives for the remaining tests. Please see below for details.
|If you need:||We recommend you take:|
|Biology 12||BHSC 0012 – Biology 12 Challenge Exam|
|Chemistry 11||CHEM 0110 – Chemistry 11 Challenge Exam|
|Chemistry 12||CHEM 0120 – Chemistry 12 Challenge Exam|
|Math 11||MATH 0110 – Math 11 Competency Test|
|Math 12||MATH 0120 – Math 12 Competency Test|
|OPMT 0198||MATH 0110 – Math 11 Competency Test|
|Physics 11||We are working on providing alternate testing. For now, please contact your admissions officer.|
|Physics 12||We are working on providing alternate testing. For now, please contact your admissions officer.|
|Trades Entry Assessments:
All trades entry assessments have now resumed in-person testing using enhanced safety measures. Please note that testing is by appointment. See Trades Entry Assessment for details.
Yes, you can apply based on your midterm grade unless otherwise stated on your program’s Program Entry page. If you don’t have your Grade 12 midterm grades, you can apply with your Grade 11 final report card and your confirmed Grade 12 timetable. See High School Applicants and Using Your Midterm Grades for details.
We understand that many secondary and post-secondary schools have changed their teaching practices and moved to online delivery. We will continue to accept grades for online courses as shown on your transcript. If you are halfway through your online course, you may submit your midterm grade.
We understand that many secondary and post-secondary schools have changed their grading practices. Normally, a “pass” grade meets a 50% grade entrance requirement but not higher. If a program entrance requirement is higher than 50% and your transcript shows a “pass”, please submit your grade history and a letter from your institution stating the change of grading practice with your application. We will do our best to grant you acceptance while ensuring you satisfy the entrance requirements to be successful in your program.
At this time, there are no changes to commitment and tuition fee deadlines for programs starting this September. These deadlines vary, so please refer to your acceptance letter for details. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, please see Student Financial Aid & Awards for information.
It depends on your condition of acceptance. For study permit conditions, please refer to COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for International Students. For other conditions such as Security Worker Licence, immunization review, criminal records checks, Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate, or CPR certificate, please contact your admissions officer to explain your circumstances. You can find their contact information in your Letter of Conditional Acceptance in your myBCIT account under myCommunication. Your admissions officer will advise you accordingly, depending on the required condition and the program curriculum.
See COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for International Students for information.
If you are a prospective applicant, we encourage you to contact Program Advising for information on our programs and for guidance on the application and admissions process. If you have already applied and have questions about your application, please contact your admissions officer. You can find their contact information in your myCommunication letters in your myBCIT account.
Visit this page for important updates relating to admissions and check your myBCIT email account regularly. myBCIT is BCIT’s primary method of communicating with you about your application. Within myBCIT, you can use myCommunication to view all of your official correspondence from BCIT. You can also visit Breaking News for institute-wide updates.