Changes to the Enforcement of English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction and communication at BCIT. All applicants and registrants, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, must demonstrate a level of English proficiency equivalent to English 12 at a Canadian secondary school. This language requirement ensures that all students will have the opportunity for success in their chosen courses and programs.

What is changing?

BCIT is in the process of developing tools and processes to enforce the English Language Proficiency Standard (i.e., English 12 or equivalency) as a requirement for registration in our Part-time Studies courses.

At this time, proof of English language proficiency is not required unless you apply for admission to a BCIT program. It is, however, important that you represent your level of English language proficiency truthfully, as failure to do so will result in consequences listed under Policy 5102 – Student Code of Conduct (Non-Academic). As early as the 2020/21 academic year, you will not be able to register for any BCIT course or program without proof that you meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency Standard.

It’s also important to note that, at BCIT, entrance requirements are program-specific. Please note that if you are applying for admission to a program, the entrance requirements remain unchanged. Please refer to the program-specific entrance requirements, which are different than the English Language Proficiency requirements for Part-time Studies courses.

Why is BCIT changing its approach to enforcing English language proficiency?

With the changing demographics of our province, BCIT has experienced an increase in learners whose first language is not English.

We are hearing—from both students and instructors—that our students’ opportunity for success can be compromised in classes where English language proficiency widely varies. In these classes, instructors often struggle to meet the needs of all students, and student learning may be impacted during group work and class discussions. Enforcing a consistent level of proficiency in English is one step we’re taking to improve the student experience.

Who will be impacted?

All applicants and registrants, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, must demonstrate a level of English proficiency equivalent to English 12 at a Canadian secondary school.

How can I meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency Standard for Part-time Studies courses?

Part-time Studies students must have completed one or more of the following:

What if I don’t meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency Standard?

If you do not meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency Standard, we recommend upgrading your English skills prior to any future registration. At BCIT, successful completion of COMM 0005 or ISEP Level 6 (with a minimum score of 50 in each course) will meet BCIT’s English Proficiency Standard for Part-Time Studies courses.

I have not yet written a test of English language proficiency, but I believe I could meet the requirement. What should I do?”

You may take the COMM 0015 English Competency Assessment to determine your English language skills level. A mark of 50 is considered to meet the English 12 Language Proficiency Standard for Part-time Studies courses.

I don’t meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency requirements today but I will once I finish my studies. Which option should I choose? Can I still register?

Please select “I do not meet the English requirement”. You can still register for a Part-time Studies course and update your profile once you have successfully completed your studies.

I meet BCIT’s English Language Proficiency Standard in more than one way. Which one do I pick?

Please choose your most recent successfully completed requirement.

Still have questions?

Contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610.