Pre-Business Program (A146)

School of Work and College Preparation
St. James Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Certificate
The Pre-Business program provides academic strengthening and exposure to a broad cross-section of business fields. This unique program offers a strong foundation in business, marketing and accounting, math, English and general education. On graduation, students are well-prepared to continue on to further education in the School of Business or to pursue other career plans.

Full Program Descriptions



Pre-programs are post-secondary certificate programs that offer students the opportunity to take courses for career exploration or to qualify for further study. With small class sizes, dedicated teachers and built-in advising and supports, the pre-programs help students strengthen their academic skills and prepare for further course work.


The Pre-Business program provides opportunities for students to develop skills necessary for admission to programs in the Centre for Business at George Brown College or other post-secondary institutions. This unique program provides a challenging learning environment and exposure to a broad cross-section of business fields.

This program offers a strong introduction to business, marketing and general education plus foundation courses in math and English. On completion of the program, students will be well-prepared to develop their career plans, or to continue on to further education at the Centre for Business.

Note: Successful completion of this program is not a guarantee of admission to any other program. Graduates can apply for admission into semester 2 of certain Business programs.

Part Time Study Options  

Some of the courses in this program are offered during evenings and weekends through Continuing Education. See

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course name
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I
BUS1047 Business Essentials I
MARK1035 Marketing Essentials I
MATH1027 Business Math with Remediation
COMM1003 English Skills
COMM 1007 College English
PREP1012 Personal and Career Development


Code Course name
BUS1049 Business Essentials II
MARK1036 Marketing Essentials II
ACCT1041 Accounting Essentials I
GHUM1025 Speaking with Confidence
MATH1008 Mathematics for Business and Management I
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective

The School of Work and College Preparation provides applicants and students with access to a Pathway Advisor, who provides information about upgrading options, pre-programs and articulation agreements and helps facilitate the transition into further post-secondary programs.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

In just two semesters, this program can prepare you academically for entry into a number of two-year Business programs and three-year Business Administration programs. Successful completion of the Pre-Business certificate program may give you exemptions in certain Business courses, depending upon the grade level achieved.

Tuition and Fees


$3,509.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions: 

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

“The Pre-Business program is one of the best programs to help students decide their career path in the business field. The program helped me get equipped with skills such as teamwork, independence and a strong foundation in business.”

Sushil Dawadi (graduate, Pre-Business)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call the Pathway Advisor at 416-415-5000, ext. 2562 or email

Learn more about our college preparation programs and work preparation programs at

For more information about George Brown, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.