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, accounting, math and English. Many credits earned through this program can be used towards diploma level programs at the college. Upon graduation, students are given advanced standing in the Centre for Business diploma programs. Graduates are also well-prepared to continue on to further education in the Centre for Business or to pursue other career paths.

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 and marketing plus foundation courses in math, English and general education. On completion of the program, students will be awarded advanced standing in Centre for Business diploma programs.

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  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester 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


semester courses
Code Course name
BUS1049 Business Essentials II
MARK1036 Marketing Essentials II
ACCT1041 Accounting Essentials
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 diploma programs and three-year Business Advanced Diploma programs. Successful completion of the Pre-Business certificate program may give you exemptions in certain Business courses, depending upon the grade level achieved.

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.

Tuition and Fees


$4,008.00 *

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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 and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

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  

"I had a lot of anxieties about returning to school as a mature student after 10 years away from a classroom setting. The Pre-Business program was an excellent opportunity for me to ease into the college environment while earning course credits for my subsequent Business Administration – Human Resources program. The staff and faculty were steadfast in their support and encouragement of my academic goals, and definitely contributed to my success at George Brown."

Lacey Fontaine (Graduate 2014, Pre-Business)

“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 College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The Pre-Business program is taught at our St. James Campus at 200 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario. Sign up for an information session, book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.

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.

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