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.

A146 Business students sitting and posing together for a picture in business attire.

Overview

Program name
Pre-Business
Code
A146
Location
Duration
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Open
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

PRE-PROGRAMS

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.

OUR PROGRAM

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 coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Recognize the economic, social, political and cultural variables that impact a business.
  2. Understand the basic general concept of business organization and functions.
  3. Have a basic understanding of accounting terminology and processes.
  4. Have a fundamental understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to study college level mathematics courses.
  5. Apply knowledge of the marketing function to the operation of an organization.
  6. Possess the necessary computer skills for success in a college level business program.
  7. Use a variety of college level communication skills both written and verbal.
  8. Have acquired the academic preparedness and prerequisites required for entry into a college level business program.
  9. Understand the various behaviour patterns in the self and others.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP 1010Business Computer Applications I
BUS1047Business Essentials I
MARK1035Marketing Essentials I
MATH1027Business Math with Remediation
COMM1003English Skills
COMM 1007College English
PREP1012Personal and Professional Development

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse name
BUS1049Business Essentials II
MARK1036Marketing Essentials II
ACCT1041Accounting Essentials
GHUM1025Speaking with Confidence
MATH1008Mathematics for Business and Management I
COMM1007College English
GNEDGeneral 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

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

$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.

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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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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

Call the Pathway Advisor at 416-415-5000, ext. 2562 or email preparation@georgebrown.ca.

Learn more about our college preparation programs and work preparation programs at georgebrown.ca/pathways.

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.

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