Understanding Graduation Requirements


Courses in Grades 11 and 12 are designed to prepare students for a post-secondary destination. There are five types of courses offered: university, university /college, college, workplace and open.


University Preparation Courses – these courses are intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet entrance requirements for many university programs. Courses focus on theory and also investigate related applications.


College/University Preparation Courses – these courses are intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet entrance requirements for certain college and university programs. There is a focus on both theory and practical application.


College Preparation Courses these courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the requirements for entrance to most college programs or for admission to apprenticeship or other training programs. Courses focus on concrete applications of theoretical material.


Workplace Preparation Courses – these courses are intended to prepare students to move directly into the workplace after secondary school or to be admitted into apprenticeship or other training programs.  Courses focus on employability skills and on practical workplace applications and theoretical materials that support these practical applications.


Open Courses in Grades 11 and 12 – These courses allow students to broaden their knowledge and skills in a particular subject that may or may not be directly related to their postsecondary goals, but that reflects their interests. These courses are appropriate for all students regardless of post-secondary destination. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad educational base and to equip them for active and rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the specific requirements of university or college programs or the workplace in mind.


A credit is granted when a course of at least 110 hours (that is, a regular full-year or full-semester course) is completed successfully. A partial credit may be granted for a shorter course. A credit is granted to a student by the principal of a secondary school on behalf of the Ministry.

DEFINITION OF SEMESTERED AND NON-SEMESTERED SCHOOLS Semestered schools are schools that offer courses are on a half-year basis.  Students normally earn four credits in the first semester, from September to January, and another four credits in the second semester, from February to June.  Non-semestered schools are schools that offer courses on a full-year basis.  Students normally earn eight credits during the school year, from September to June.

CHANGING COURSE TYPES: GRADES 9 TO 10 Students, who successfully complete any academic or applied course in Grade 9, will have acquired the core knowledge necessary to proceed to either type of course in Grade 10. However, some students may be encouraged to successfully complete additional course work. This additional course work entitled “Cross-over Materials”, will allow the student to demonstrate the achievement of learning expectations that are included in one course type and not the other.

CROSS-OVER MATERIALS This additional course work described by the Ministry as “Cross-over” is not credit based and does not count toward the 30 credits required to meet diploma requirements. “Cross-over” materials are offered in French, Science and English, and are released through the Independent Learning Centre Ministry of Education Branch through www.ilccei.com and hard copy. The student can take all (30 hours) or a portion thereof (learning-gap-analysis), depending on the recommendation of the Principal.

TRANSFER COURSES The purpose of transfer courses is to enable students who alter their post secondary plans to transfer from one type of course to another in Grades 10, 11, and 12. Transfer courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between two courses of different types. Transfer courses are available for students who have completed Grade 10 courses and need to change their stream of study. These courses are either .5 or .25 credit value.