Academic Upgrading Program (A751)

PROGRAM
Academic Upgrading
CODE
A751
SCHOOL
School of Work and College Preparation
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
1 to 3 semesters depending on student’s goals
STARTING MONTH
Monthly
CREDENTIAL
George Brown College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
2017-2018
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free, full-time program for English-speaking adults, designed to improve their reading, writing, math, science and computer skills. The program prepares students for post-secondary studies, further skills training, apprenticeship or employment. Students create individualized learning plans based on their goals. For acceptance into the program, applicants complete a reading and writing assessment to determine their literacy levels and eligibility for the program. While in the program, students are provided with advising services and may be eligible for a transportation allowance. The program runs year round and has a monthly intake.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Academic Upgrading is a program for English-speaking adults who need to upgrade their communications, math, science or computer skills in order to prepare for post-secondary programs, apprenticeship or employment. Students have individualized learning plans based on their goals.

Communications courses are offered at the following levels of study:

  • Foundations
  • Pre-ACE
  • ACE (Academic and Career Entrance, Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)

Math courses are offered at the following levels of study:

  • ACE Workplace Math
  • ACE Business Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
  • ACE Apprenticeship Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college or Apprenticeship admission purposes)
  • ACE Technology Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)

Science Courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) are offered only at the ACE level for college admission purposes.

The Academic Upgrading program also offers academic and vocational counselling. Program length varies for each student according to their beginning level, their goals and their progress.

This program has intake throughout the year. Prospective students participate in an assessment of reading and writing skills to determine academic preparedness for participation.

Students begin the program with a three-week orientation to determine their appropriate upgrading class level, and create a learning goal plan. Applicants not fluent in English may be referred to an English as a Second Language program.

Students may be eligible for a transportation allowance.

There are no fees. This program is funded by the Employment Ontario branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Courses will vary depending on students’ goals and their current level of study.

semester courses
Code Course name
ENGL7028 Foundations Communications
ENGL7030 Pre-ACE- Communications
ENGL7101 ACE Communications
MATH7101 ACE Math for Technology
MATH7102 ACE Math for Apprenticeship
MATH7103 ACE Math for Business
MATH7105 ACE Workplace Math
COMP7101 ACE Computer Studies
PREP7026 Core Skills
PREP7138 ACE Personal and Professional Exploration
BIOL7104 ACE - Biology
CHEM7104 ACE - Chemistry
PHY7104 ACE - Physics

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

There are no fees. This program is funded by Employment Ontario through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Admission assessment
  • Fluency in English
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older)

Suitable for adults planning to begin a new career or enrol in apprenticeship.

Call 416-415-5000 ext. 3560 or email upgradinginfo@georgebrown.ca to attend a program information session.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

George Brown College’s Academic Upgrading program offers intakes into the program every month. Information sessions are held weekly and everyone is welcome to attend a session to determine if this program is right for them in preparing for their post-secondary, employment or apprenticeship goals.

For information on upcoming information sessions, please call 416-415-5000, ext. 3560 or email upgradinginfo@georgebrown.ca

In order to apply for Academic Upgrading, all learners will complete a reading and writing assessment. Appointments for assessments are made during the information session. Assessment sessions are booked weekly throughout the year as space permits.

Apply To  

upgradinginfo@georgebrown.ca

Contact Us

Contact Us  

The Academic Upgrading program office is located within the School of Work and College Preparation.

The office is in room 524A at 200 King St. E. (St. James “A” building).

For more information, call 416-415-5000, ext. 3560 or email upgradinginfo@georgebrown.ca.

 

Want to upgrade for post-secondary or apprenticeships online?

ACE level classes in math, sciences, computers and communications are available online! Visit georgebrown.ca/ace or email acedistance@georgebrown.ca for more information.

 

Are you Deaf or hard-of-hearing?  

George Brown also offers Academic Upgrading for Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. Visit georgebrown.ca/deafupgrading for more information.

If you are a Deaf or hard-of-hearing adult and would like to study online, you can join Deaf Learn Now. Visit deaflearnnow.ca for more information.

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.