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Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.
Instructions:

1. Under Program Comparison, click Add a New Program

2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

6. When you’re done, clicking Program Comparison will give you a preview of the programs and the option to delete, add or clear all

7. Open Program Compare for more details and an easy-to-read comparison of the programs you’ve selected

FAQ

Guidance Counsellors

Access-Specific FAQs

1. Where do I send workplace students?

2. This kid is a great cook - he just never took any math...

3. How do I help my kids know what their options are when they have been a bit misguided and don't have the marks or credits to get into the program they want?

4. Is it true that applicants need an OSSD and other courses at the C and/or U level for pre programs? Is there any other way of getting in?

5. What can we do with students that are so disenchanted with high school they just don't have the marks or the credits to be admitted?

6. Are Access programs intended for a student who had to leave school a few credits short of graduating due to personal problems?

7. How do you accommodate students with special needs?

General FAQs

1. Please describe GBC/Soulpepper partnership?

2. Are colleges planning on synchronizing semester start dates with the secondary schools?

3. Can someone go into Practical Nursing and transfer into Bachelor of Science Nursing?

4. Does pre-Health Science prepare students to go into the Bachelor of Science Nursing?

5. Are there any opportunities for a student who graduates with a basic/workplace level diploma?

6. What is the best way to apply for a program, online or by mail?

7. Should a student who is interested in a highly competitive program use two choices on his/her application, if there are two start dates?

8. Can a student take an engineering program at George Brown and transfer to a university?

9. Can applied degrees be used to gain admission to master/graduate-level programs at universities in Canada and abroad?

10. Can a student apply for a degree program out of high school and how does this affect admission criteria and how does the application work for joint programs?

11. How does the Consecutive ECE program work?

12. What programs/services are available for special education students? (LD/MID)

13. Is there a marked differential used for U and C courses? Are there cut off marks for any of your limited enrolment courses?

14. What is the difference (if any) in starting a nursing program at GBC as opposed to Ryerson?

15. What degree programs do you offer?

16. What are the approximate cut-off ranges to get into the different programs? What are the most competitive programs to get into?

17. What recommendations do you have for a student applying to a highly competitive program? Should they start in Continuing Education?

18. Do you help them find jobs after their diploma/degree? What scholarships (entrance) do you offer?

19. Do you have co-op placements?

20. Are any of your culinary/hospitality programs paired with a university?

21. What is the difference between your Environmental degree and Seneca's?

 

Access-Specific FAQs

1. Where do I send workplace students?

The Access Centre offers vocational training within the College Vocational program. The program provides tools to help students set and achieve realistic vocational goals and succeed in today's job market. It assists students who have had difficulties learning or who have major gaps in their past education. Upon completion, students will have learned communication skills, basic math, computer skills, life skills, fitness and employability skills, as well as gaining job experience through co-op placement. For more information about this program, please call 416.415.5000 ext. 2503 or email Jerry Nugent at jnugent@georgebrown.ca .

2. This kid is a great cook - he just never took any math....

If the student is missing a math or English credit, they can write an admission test in that subject area. The student applies for the program and they are sent a letter telling them they need to take an admission test. Please see the Assessment Centre webpage for information on admission testing.

3. How do I help my kids know what their options are when they have been a bit misguided and don't have the marks or credits to get into the program they want?

Entry Advising is a free George Brown College service that matches your academic skills, educational background and career goals with options from the college's exceptional certificate, diploma, and degree programs. These options may include upgrading, or referrals to academic departments. Entry Advising can even connect you to external agencies for anything from credential assessment to career counselling. For more information about this service, please call Entry Advising at 416.415.5000 ext. 2949 or email collegeadvisor@georgebrown.ca

4. Is it true that applicants need an OSSD and other courses at the C and/or U level for pre programs? Is there any other way of getting in?

As with other programs, if the student is 19 years of age or older, he or she can apply to the College as a "mature student." In lieu of submitting a high school diploma and/or academic prerequisites, s/he will be asked to write an admission test for the program to which s/he would like to enter. The student will then be evaluated for admission on the basis of the test results rather than on the basis of their high school grades. If students require additional information about admission prerequisites and/or mature student status, please refer to Admissions Web Page or the Admissions Office at 416.415.2000.

5. What can we do with students that are so disenchanted with high school they just don't have the marks or the credits to be admitted?

Students such as these may benefit from participation in a pre-program. Pre-programs help to make the transition to College easier because they act as a "stepping stone" between high school and post-secondary diploma programs. A pre-program allows the student to get used to going to college, strengthen academic skills, and build confidence in a college environment. It also allows the student to experience what it is like to study in that subject area, and determine if it is in fact the area in which they would like to pursue a career.

Even students unsure of their career choice can register into pre-programs in which they have some interest and take the career planning course. This course helps them to identify and clarify their areas of interest and to identify career choices that would be a good fit for them. Also, some of the courses that students take in pre-programs can later be counted toward the completion of another post-secondary diploma program. For example, the English taken in Pre-Health can fulfill the English requirement in another post-secondary diploma program, such as RPN. Sometimes, students who perform exceptionally well in the first semester of their pre-program are accepted into a post-secondary diploma program.

6. Are Access programs intended for a student who had to leave school a few credits short of graduating due to personal problems?

Yes. Access has a number of programs that support adults facing and recovering from mental health, addiction, or personal issues. Our mental health programs include For You, Redirection Through Education (RTE), and Assistant Cook Extended Training (ACET). These programs provide a supportive and challenging environment where students increase their self-confidence and learn the life and academic skills they need to reach their educational, employment, and personal goals. These programs are sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and Long-Term Care and are free of charge to the student.

7. How do you accommodate students with special needs?

To assist students with physical, visual and learning disabilities achieve greater independence and academic success, Disability Services provides counselling and adaptive technology support services, which makes specialized hardware and software available. Applicants to the College with Disability requirements should connect to Disability Services for assistance during the application process, as they can receive accommodations for admission or placement testing, not just once accepted as a student. Contact Disability Services via the Student Affairs Office at 416.415.5000 x 2622.

As well, the Access Centre provides support and programs for a diverse group of students who face barriers and/or require specialized services, such as immigrants, Aboriginal students, Mental Health system survivors, cancer survivors and the differently-abled. These services and programs provide special needs students with the skills and tools to successfully pursue their academic, work, and life goals. Programs such as For You, Redirection Through Education, and LBS provide individual counselling. To provide one-on-one help with math and English, the Access Centre provides Tutoring and Learning Centres (TLCs). Staffed by faculty and peer tutors, the Centres have computers equipped with a range of software to assist students with their grammar, writing, listening, and pronunciation skills. Unique language needs are met through specialized tutorials. The College offers students with special needs access to counselling, career training, and disability services through the Student Services Department.

General FAQs

1. Please describe GBC/Soulpepper partnership?

NA.

2. Are colleges planning on synchronizing semester start dates with the secondary schools?

It is being looked at, however, we don't see this changing in the near future.

3. Can someone go into Practical Nursing and transfer into Bachelor of Science Nursing?

Currently, there is no bridging from the Practical Nursing program to the Bachelor of Science Nursing, although some credits are transferable once a person is in the degree program. Students interested in the Bachelor program must have the required credits at the university level. Please see
www.georgebrown.ca/degrees/ for information on our Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

4. Does pre-Health Science prepare students to go into the Bachelor of Science Nursing?

No. This program prepares students to go into Practical Nursing.

5. Are there any opportunities for a student who graduates with a basic/workplace level diploma?

We have the College Vocational program that prepares students to either enter the workforce or in some instances, go on to our pre-programs. If students and/or counsellors are unsure what the options are, they can call the Advising Line at 416-415-5000, ext. 2949.

6. What is the best way to apply for a program, online or by mail
Applying online rather than by mail facilitates the processing of applications, and is the preferred method of www.ontariocolleges.ca.

7. Should a student who is interested in a highly competitive program use two choices on his/her application, if there are two start dates?

If the student is applying for September intake, they need not do this. If the program is offered in January, they can add that date online. Those who have not applied online, can contact www.ontariocolleges.ca by phone to add January.

8. Can a student take an engineering program at George Brown and transfer to a university?

Many of our students have gone on to pursue university studies. No formal articulation agreements are in place for direct entry into third year, however, our students have been known to get credits for what they have studied at George Brown by various universities.

9. Can applied degrees be used to gain admission to master/graduate-level programs at universities in Canada and abroad?

George Brown graduates receive a Bachelor's level of education that allows them to apply for graduate studies within their field. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet the admission requirements for that specific graduate program. Please note that students looking to go on to Teachers' College should apply to the Consecutive ECE program.

10. Can a student apply for a degree program out of high school and how does this affect admission criteria and how does the application work for joint programs?

Students applying to any of our degree programs, including joint degrees, must apply through www.ontariocolleges.ca. Please refer to Admissions Web Page or the Admissions Office at 416.415.2000 for information on admission criteria.

11. How does the Consecutive ECE program work?

Students apply to George Brown College's Consecutive ECE program. This program is taught at our Ryerson campus. The first two years are taught by George Brown faculty and the last two years are taught by Ryerson faculty. The students then graduate with a degree from Ryerson. Our George Brown students pay college fees for the first two years and then university fees when they become Ryerson students for the last two years.

12. What programs/services are available for special education students? (LD/MID)

George Brown currently serves 900 students with special needs. We offer a vast array of services which are listed at this site: http://georgebrown.ca/studentlife/.

13. Is there a marked differential used for U and C courses? Are there cut off marks for any of your limited enrolment courses?

We treat every student the same and do not offer a differential for U or C courses. Please contact the Admission Assessor for each program regarding cut-off marks for limited enrolment programs.

14. What is the difference (if any) in starting a nursing program at GBC as opposed to Ryerson?

The curriculum is the same; it's really a matter of personal preference. Students often choose us because we have a much more personable environment and a more intimate classroom setting.

15. What degree programs do you offer?

Please go to our Degree Programs Page.

16. What are the approximate cut-off ranges to get into the different programs? What are the most competitive programs to get into?

Some cut-off ranges are as follows: Dental hygiene 80%, Dental tech. 70%, Denturism 70%. These will change from year to year, as the pool of applicants and marks change. The percentages referred to above are based on overall rankings scores not grade point averages. The following are the most competitive programs: Dance, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Dental Technology, Denturism, ECE, Fitness and Lifestyle Management, Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician, Practical Nursing, Restorative Dental Hygiene, Theatre Arts and Graphic Design.

17. What recommendations do you have for a student applying to a highly competitive program? Should they start in Continuing Education?

Students should consider that it may not be possible to gain admission on their first try. If the program they are applying to requires a portfolio or some other admissions supplement, a foundations program could be considered. For example, if a student is lacking a strong portfolio for Graphic Design, the could take Arts Fundamentals and build a good portfolio. They should also check for part-time study options through Continuing Education.

If applying for a program for which there is mandatory admission testing, Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Orthotics/Prosthetics, applicants should spend time preparing for the tests in English, math and science as they are key to gaining admission. Information on the testing is available at the Assessment Centre. If the program they are applying to requires a portfolio or some other admissions supplement, i.e., Graphic Design a foundations program may help them prepare for admission to the College. For other highly competitive programs, a strong secondary academic performance is the best guarantee of gaining admission. If a grade average is not high, it may be best for a student to repeat the required course(s) to get a better grade.

18. Do you help them find jobs after their diploma/degree? What scholarships (entrance) do you offer?

Throughout a student's time at George Brown, we offer career counselling as well as career courses within their curriculum. Once they graduate, students still have access to our Career Counselling Centre. First-year students can apply for an entrance award; the application is sent to them in their admissions package.

19. Do you have co-op placements?

Many of our programs offer either paid co-op or placement. Please refer to the individual program pages in the calendar.

20. Are any of your culinary/hospitality programs paired with a university?

Students who successfully complete the Culinary Management program may be granted advanced standing at Ryerson University, Johnson and Wales University (with campuses in Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado and North Carolina) and other leading international universities.

21. What is the difference between your Environmental degree and Seneca's?

The George Brown program focuses on laws, policies and ethics associated with construction of buildings, infrastructure and environmental remediation. Also the GBC program deals extensively with sustainability and the influence of "green" technology. Seneca focuses on the actual cleaning up of contaminated sites.