BC Adult Graduation Diploma

Grade 12 equivalency diploma

Where: College Wide, Online College Wide
Starts: September through June
  • Earn your BC Adult Graduation diploma for entry into specific programs or as a way to increase your employment options.
  • Study face-to-face or online, during the day or evening, in courses that work around your schedule, learning style and time commitments.
  • At NIC we support your needs every step of the way, from your initial assessment, to your self-paced learning plan and one-on-one assistance in class.
Career possibilities: Your BC Adult Graduation diploma will open up a wide variety of career opportunities, including entry-level positions with government agencies and businesses in local industries.
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  • College is NOT high school. At NIC, you are part of an adult learning community, with fellow classmates who are working toward a specific goal.
  • Your past high school grades don’t matter. What matters is where you’re headed. We’ll help you get started at a level that feels right and you’ll move forward at your own pace with one-on-one instructor support.
  • You'll start at a level that feels right for you. Skills assessments make choosing courses easy, ensuring that you are placed in the right class level for success.
  • Education is for everyone.  No one can take it away from you.  Our world is rapidly changing and we need to keep up with it for our families and ourselves. Upgrading is one way to do this. Upgrade yourself.  Keep current.

Did you Know ...

You can earn credit toward Grade 12 and college - at the same time.
If you’re planning to take any other North Island College program, you can earn credit toward completion of your BC Adult Grad diploma - with the same courses. For example, many trades programs earn you three of five required course credits toward your Grade 12. And completing your Grade 12 may qualify you for a wider range of job opportunities upon graduation. Contact a student advisor for details.

Flexible Course Schedules

You will find a wide variety of upgrading courses available at all NIC locations starting in September, January, and June. Some are offered on a set schedule and meet at the same time every week. Other courses, like our continuous-entry and online courses, often have flexible start dates where you set the pace. Most of the continuous-entry and online courses must be completed within four months of your start date (some allow five months to complete). They all include instructor support and follow-up. Educational advisors at your nearest campus can provide a current timetable of courses suited to your goals, including in-class, distance, and online options that make it possible for you to build your timetable around jobs and child care.

Come Talk to Us

Our educational advisors are available by appointment (on campus or by phone) to talk to you about all your upgrading options, BC Adult Graduation diploma completion and how we can help set up a study plan that fits your goals.

Admission Requirements

  1. Must be 19 years or older at the time of completion. A person who is 18 and has been out of school for at least a year may be admitted to an adult program with approval from the enrolling institution.
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing BC Adult Graduation Diploma as the program name.
  3. Meet with an educational advisor to discuss your goals and course options. A skills assessment may be booked at this time to ensure you are placed at the right level for success.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Program Requirements

Five courses selected from the following:

  1. ENG-096 or ENG-098 or higher-level English
  2. MAT-053 or higher-level mathematics
  3. Plus, any three courses from the following Adult Basic Education provincial level or higher-level courses:

Completion Requirements

In order to receive a BC Adult Graduation diploma, students must:

  1. Be granted credit for at least 3 courses as an adult at NIC, through the secondary school system, or through prior learning assessment (PLA).
  2. Have completed at least 1 course through North Island College.
  3. Complete all required and elective requirements listed under BC Adult Graduation Diploma program overview.
  4. Earn at least 20 credits in the secondary system or complete 5 courses in the post secondary system. Courses and credits can be counted from the British Columbia school system and/or the Adult Basic Education program.