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The Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) in Flexible Learning provides foundational skills in software development, mathematics, computer systems, and computer science.
CSC is part of a series of laddered credentials leading to the Computer Systems Technology (CST FLEX) Diploma, and Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science (BScACS).
Participants are introduced to solving problems by starting with Python, moving to Java, and C programming, along with other entry-level computing and IT skills.
There is a foundation of mathematics and computer architecture, as well as business analysis and systems design, along with soft skills for the workplace, including business and technical reports, interpersonal communication, group work and presentations.
Required courses include: Computer File Management, Database and SQL, Computer Architecture, Business Analysis and Systems Design, UX/UI Fundamentals and Agile.
The purpose of the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), is to provide a solid technical foundation, and it is parallel to the first year of the Full-time CST Diploma. The CSC also acts as milestone in the laddered credentials, as it comprises the first half of the part-time CST FLEX Diploma.
CSC graduates may apply for Full-time CST Direct Entry Level 3, or move on to CST FLEX and complete the Diploma entirely part-time.
The CSC provides the foundations for the CST Diploma and follow-on CST Degree.
Important Notice for International students and students on limited timelines
Prior to submitting a program declaration, those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans or time-limited sponsorship) must first email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.
Applications for international students must first be submitted online via How to Apply to Flexible Learning Programs – BCIT.
BCIT is Post-Secondary Education. Students must have English and Math skills equivalent to a minimum of BC high school Grade 12 level in order to complete courses in the CSC program.
Please review these alternatives to Grade 12 English equivalents.
One of the goals of this program is to help students acquire interpersonal skills. CSC students require strong communication skills by completing the 2 COMM courses at the start of this program. In the higher-level COMP courses students must engage in significant group work, write technical reports in teams, and make team presentations.
Please also consider upgrading with MATH 0001 prior to starting the program if you do not have recent higher math skills; Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.
Students only able to take 1 course per term must first complete “Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)” Associate Certificate prior to starting the CSC, leaving COMP 1516 until the end of ACIS, and being sure to choosing the electives which apply to CSC.
Students who cannot achieve 70% or higher should repeat COMP 1516 prior to COMP 2501. This is the same for COMP 2501, 70% or higher prior to COMP 2601.
Students who are able to complete 2 courses per term (a 25 hour per week commitment), must first complete COMP 1002 and COMM 1103 or (COMM 1106 recommended) before contacting the department for a course plan to complete CSC without ACIS and ASD.
Please Note: CSC requires a minimum of 2 years of study, with a maximum of 5 years to complete.
Students must have their own personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 11.
There are typically 17 courses required to complete the CSC.
Students should budget $11,000 for tuition and books.
The average cost for each PTS course for Canadian citizens and permanent residents is around $500-$600 per course plus books.
Some students may complete the CSC over 3 years with 2 courses per term, this would equate to an average workload of 25+ hours per week.
Students wanting to fast-track may complete CSC over 2 years (6x PTS terms) with 3 specific courses per term which equate to an average workload of 40+ hours per week between class time, reading and homework.
Attendance and participation are mandatory, students who skip classes or who do not participate may be dropped from a COMP course.
Please contact the department for course planning.
Students are not permitted to register for multiple programming language courses simultaneously.
A minimum of 70% in COMP 1516 is required in order to be able to declare ASD or CSC.
COMP 2501 Programming Fundamentals Part 2 (Java) should be completed in the term immediately following COMP 1516.
Do not skip terms between COMP 1516 and COMP 2501 as the learning outcomes are built on top of the preceding course, Part 1.
Most students should complete COMP 2601- Programming Fundamentals Part 3 (Object Design) prior to COMP 2511 -Procedural Programming with C.
COMP 2825 -Computer Architecture is currently offered in January and May.
The Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) in Flexible Learning requires a minimum of 60 credits and is the first half of the Computer Systems Technology (CST FLEX) Diploma, which requires 60 additional credits on top of CSC, for a grand total of 120 unique credits.
Please note: CSC may be delivered via a series of laddered credentials.
Each course has prerequisite knowledge. Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course. You are also expected to have an excellent command of English and Math at a BC High School Grade 12 level, or equivalent.
Most Flexible learning students are working adults who are completing one (1) course per term. The total average time commitment for a 12-week COMP course is 12+ hours per week. Typically 3 hours asynchronous in class, 1 hour asynchronous online and 8+ hours of reading and homework per week.
Note: the 6-week compressed sections have 2 classes and twice the homework per week.
CSC Program Content:
25% of CSC includes soft skills and starts with two required communications courses which should be completed in the first two terms. CSC students develop strong English communication and interpersonal skills for significant group work, research, writing and presentations.
CSC also requires two math courses which must be completed near the beginning of the program.
CSC Program Delivery:
CSC students typically complete 2 courses per term over a period of 3 years. Some students who are not working full-time may consider 3 part-time courses per term and potentially complete the CSC over 2 years. Students completing 1-2 courses per term should finish ASD and ACIS prior to CSC.
IMPORTANT: Students working on both the ASD and ACIS Associate Certificates should only choose those electives that correspond to CSC required courses.
Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is not possible to complete the CSC any less than 2 years with 3 courses per term.
Computing Flexible Learning is a course-by-course registration and was not designed for full-time delivery. International students and those on funding timelines should instead apply to Full-time programs.
Please read the CSC “Program Entry” section and the Computing Flexible Learning Student Guide before registering for any COMP courses.
Note: Full-time CST Students, CSC parallels the first year of the Full-time CST Diploma, Level 1 and Level 2. Students who drop full-time CST may have credit toward CSC if they want to complete the CST program via Flexible Learning.
For course and program planning prior to declaring CST FLEX Diploma, please contact the department.
Computer hardware and Internet requirements:
Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. COMP courses may use two-way audio and video as well as group work outside of class.
The curriculum may be modified in accordance with industry trends. Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.
Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is typically not possible to complete this part-time program in less than 6 terms, at night and on weekends.
Note: Flexible Learning was not designed for full-time delivery. International students and those on funding timelines may request course planning from the department and complete 3 courses per term with a specific course plan.
*BCIT curriculum may be modified in accordance with market trends in the industry.
The workload associated with three(3) courses per term can easily equate to 40+ hours work per week. This is the only option for International students and or some students on funding timelines.
The workload associated with two (2) courses per term can easily equate to 25+ hours work per week. Domestic students who can commit to 2 courses per term have two options:
- Complete ACIS and then move on to CSC.
- Skip ACIS and focus on CSC with the following specific course plan.
Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) in 9 terms
CSC with two (2) specific courses per term requires a department approved checklist. This plan will take nine (9) terms or three (3) years.
- Term 1: COMP 1002 and COMM 110x. (6 credits)
- Term 2: COMP 1516 (70%) and COMM 2216. (8 credits)
Request checklist and department approval to declare CSC after Term 2 is completed.
- Term 3: COMP 1114, and COMP 2501 (70%). (7 credits)
- Term 4: COMP 1850, and COMP 2601. (6 credits)
- Term 5: COMP 1630, and COMP 2132. (8 credits)
Note: If you want to earn ACIS, complete COMP 2010.
- Term 6: COMP 2121, and COMP 2831. (8 credits)
- Term 7: COMP 2825, and CST elective (5.5 minimum credits)
- Term 8: COMP 2511, there are 2 classes per week. (5 credits)
- Term 9: COMP 1011, and COMP 2833. (7 credits)
Complete CSC and apply to graduate, then declare CST FLEX.
In order to protect completed credits, students must formally request a checklist prior to declaring their program as soon as the initial requirement of COMP 1516 with 70% minimum is completed.
- Students who cannot achieve 70% or higher should repeat COMP 1516 prior to COMP 2501.
- Students who cannot achieve 70% or higher should repeat COMP 2501 prior to COMP 2601.
- COMP 2601 may be completed after COMP 2501 and COMP 2132.
- COMP 2511 may work better for most students after COMP 2601.
- COMP 1011 and COMP 2833 should be the last courses in CSC.
Prior to declaring CSC, please contact the department.
*BCIT courses and programs may change without notice.
100% of CSC students who completed the graduation surveys report that they are working full-time.
The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC parallels the first year of the Full-time Computer Systems Technology Diploma.
CSC was developed and is maintained by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head of BCIT Computing Flexible Learning and Industry Training.
BCIT Computing Flexible Learning “COMP” courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field.
Several of our COMP instructors are graduates of our Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma and Degree.
This credential was approved by the Computer Systems Technology, CST Curriculum Committee and School of Computing an Academic Studies Quality Committee, SQC.
Students who require a minimum course load for financial aid or international student status
Please understand there are no guarantees that all or any Flexible Learning courses will be available in any given term.
There is also no guarantee that the minimum course credits you require can be sustained from term to term in Flexible Learning.
Most Flexible Learning courses fill quickly, so space is not guaranteed. Courses may be cancelled before the term starts if there is insufficient interest.
This may impact both the number of courses a student is able to take in any term and the time it takes to complete a part-time credential.
As a result, students may not be able to obtain the minimum credits they need or want in each term to continue in the program.
Computing Flexible Learning was not designed for those attempting to complete a program in a full-time delivery model.
Most Computing Flexible Learning credentials cannot be fast-tracked in less than 2 years due to prerequisites and scheduling.
Please make allowances for this 2-year minimum time requirement in your funding or student visa applications for CSC.
Important Notice for International applicants:
The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC program program is available to international applicants who currently have a valid status in Canada. A valid study permit is required prior to starting the program. Limited seats per term are available, for details, please contact the department.
Prior to submitting a program declaration, international students and those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans) must first contact the department directly at email@example.com to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.
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