Pre-Business Program (A146)


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Program Overview

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 Description


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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technology and the environment on an organization’s operations.
  2. Examine fundamental accounting and financial concepts, including recording transactions, creation of financial statements and closing of books to support the operation of an organization.
  3. Solve basic numeric problems and interpret data related to business and business-related fields using mathematical concepts, including components of algebra, linear equations, break-even analysis and interest applications.
  4. Examine fundamental marketing concepts, processes and systems including branding, product price, place and promotion to achieve business objectives. 
  5. Apply computer skills and knowledge of information technology to support the management of an organization.
  6. Develop self-knowledge and reflective practice to make informed personal development and career choices.
  7. Use business language and terminology appropriately to communicate information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and graphic formats. 
  8. Facilitate the completion of tasks to meet deadlines in a business environment using time management and organization skills.
  9. Apply fundamental research skills to gather and interpret information to inform business decisions.


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 Professional Development


semester courses
Code Course name
BUS1049 Business Essentials II
MARK1036 Marketing Essentials II
ACCT1036 Principles of Accounting
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.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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


$4,135.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Lacey Fontaine

"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."

Student Name
Sushil DawadiSushil

"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."

Contact Us

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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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