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- Grade 12 English or equivalent.
All students must have the ability to communicate at a BC Grade 12 English level.
Many COMP courses have considerable group work and presentation requirements. If required, please upgrade your English skills prior to starting any COMP courses.
Computing PTS programs either require or assume this level of English:
COMM 1103 – Intro to Business and Technical Communication Please note: Those with English as a second language should instead complete:
COMM 0005 – Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 4
COMM 1106 – Intro to Business and Technical Communication (language development)
- Grade 12 Math or equivalent.
The ASD_ACIS_CSC laddered credentials and the Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC require recent Grade 12 Math. Those without recent higher-level math experience should first complete: MATH 0001 – Technical Mathematics
Yes. Please read the Computing PTS Student Guide before registering in any COMP courses.
If you do not have a BCIT Student ID you must first create one.
Please note: BCIT provides a lifetime Student ID which does not change, if you had a prior BCIT ID you can search for it online. After you have verified your BCIT ID then you may choose your PTS course number, section, day and time.
Follow the prompts and proceed to check out, your payment is then due when you register. If you do not pay the total within 24 hours you will be dropped from the course and someone else could get the seat. Credit cards are not accepted, you have other options for paying tuition online. Payment Options at BCIT
In order to withdraw from a PTS course at any point prior to the withdrawal deadline, you must fill out the Part-time Studies Course Withdrawal form and submit it to Student Records. If you simply stop attending you will get a “V” for vacating on your permanent record which calculates the same as a Fail in your GPA.
Yes. However only in very specific cases. All PTS course refund requests must be submitted prior to the refund deadlines.
- A PTS refund is 85% of the tuition. You may request a refund prior to the second lesson only in a 6 week or a 12 week course. Sorry, no refunds are granted in these courses after the second lesson has started.
- Refund requests for courses lasting 4 weeks or less must be submitted 1 week prior to the course start date.
Yes. Or you must prove prerequisite knowledge from prior recent education. COMP courses are unique to BCIT and assume specific prerequisites. Because we have limited seats only students who have prerequisites and who have declared a program are given the approval to register.
It is up to each student to prove that they have the prerequisite knowledge, this is done on a case by case basis. We have limited seats so only students who have listed prerequisites and those who have declared a program are given the approval to register.
Details are in the “Program Entry” section for each credential. Typically you must complete 1-2 COMP courses prior to declaring a program.
A current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Most courses will require you to have a microphone, video camera, and headphones or earbuds, as well as a high-speed internet connection.
For the majority of the COMP PTS courses you must attend during the scheduled class time.
We are currently offering 3 delivery options, all which require the BCIT Learning Hub.
- Synchronously online – students must be logged in at the scheduled class time
- Synchronously on campus – students must attend on campus at the scheduled class time
- Asynchronously online – online available for specific sections of COMP 1630, COMP 1850, COMP 2132 and COMP 2831
A current model PC with stable internet access is required for all of the delivery options.
Please check the course schedule notes for details and be sure to register for the specific delivery you want for that entire course.
Please do not contact BCIT Program Advising for course planning.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org as detailed in the Computing PTS Student Guide, our website and program pages. Always include your BCIT student A0 number in the subject lines of all emails.
You cannot apply for a credential unless you have declared the program.
The “Graduating & Jobs” section on each program page describes the process for submitting an Application for BCIT Credential.
Seats are limited and priority is given to students who have prerequisites and who have declared a program, they are given first approval to register.
Yes. You can request approval to register in courses for which you have the specific prerequisites. Please note: Students in approved programs have first priority.
Each credential is course by course registration, the total program costs will depend on the electives that you chose.Typically Computing PTS Associate Certificates are around $5,000 and larger Certificates are around $9,000 tuition. Tuition averages $500- $600 per COMP course; textbooks are an additional cost.
Please note: International students in BCIT Part-time Studies pay 3 times the base tuition fees.
Most Associate Certificates in Computing PTS will require 2 years to complete with 1 course per term. Some Associate Certificates may allow 2 courses in some terms however you can not typically complete these programs in less than 5 terms.
Not in most cases. The only fast-track options are for the Computer Systems Certificate, CSC and the Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC. Some students may be able to complete either certificate in 2 years if they can complete 3 courses for 9 credits every term. With prerequisites and scheduling fast-tracking a certificate in PTS requires very careful course planning.
Please note: Attempting 3 COMP courses per term could equate to a 40-hour workload each week.
No. We moved to online delivery in March 2020 as a temporary measure during the pandemic. Our goal is to move back to our physical classroom in September 2021. There are no guarantees that all Computing PTS courses will be online at that point. We are planning to offer some but not all COMP PTS courses online in the future.
We encourage students to register early.
Some PTS courses may not be available in any given term.
Part-time Studies courses are market driven and depend on enrollments.
Students are advised to check the website for course schedules before coming onsite.
Check our website or Google your course, i.e. “COMP 1002” to verify the current schedule.
Start dates may be postponed, end dates may be extended and room locations may all change.
We only cancel courses when absolutely necessary.
Be sure that we have your current preferred email and phone number on file.
The BCIT policy on PTS course cancellation is three business days notice.
If we cancel a course we will provide a tuition refund or to offer a transfer to another course.