Upgrading & Pathway Programs


If you'd like to apply to Dalhousie, but do not meet our general admission requirements there are a number of pathways to enrolment at Dalhousie.

Upgrading and pathway options

University Prep: Dalhousie College of Continuing Education

University Prep courses will prepare you to succeed in a wide range of studies. Prep courses are now offered online, allowing you to customize a learning plan that works for you, with flexible part-time schedules.

Extended Learning: Faculty of Agriculture 

Offered online by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, N.S., Extended Learning upgrading courses in physics, chemistry and pre-calculus can be used toward enrolment at either Halifax and Truro campuses.

Transition Year Program

If you're an applicant who is African Nova Scotian or Indigenous you may be eligible for the Transition Year Program (TYP), a pathway to undergraduate study at Dalhousie which offers financial support and a living allowance. 

Indigenous Student Access Pathway

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Beyond Dalhousie

Below is a list of some of the commonly used institutions/courses for upgrading. If you have questions about other options or courses please contact an advisor.

Acadia University

Open University Pre-University Math 0110: equivalent to Academic Math 12
Open University Advanced Pre-University Math 0120: equivalent to Pre-Calculus 12

Nova Scotia Community College

Courses equivalent to English 12: COMM 1041 or COMM 1100 or COMM 1000 or COMM 1001 or COMM 1205 & 2215 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements) or COMM 1227 & 1228 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).

Courses equivalent to Academic Math 12: MATH 1046 & 1047 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).

Courses equivalent to Pre-Calculus Math 12: MATH 1050, or MATH 1013 & 1023 together (both portions must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).

Courses equivalent to Physics 12: PHYS 1046 or PHYS 1047

Courses equivalent to Chemistry 12: CHEM 1046 or CHEM 1050

Courses equivalent to Biology 12: BIOL 1046 or BIOL 1050

 

Nova Scotia Department of Education – Correspondence Studies Program

For more information please visit the Correspondence Studies website

All courses taken through the NSDE – CSP are equivalent to a grade 12 in-class version.    

Saint Mary’s University

Writing Skills: equivalent to English 12

Pre-Calculus Math I & II: Together are equivalent to Pre-Calculus 12. Both portions must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s program requirements

Online Biology 12: equivalent to Biology 12

Chemistry 12: equivalent to Chemistry 12

Physics Part I & II: Physics I is equivalent to Physics 11 and Physics II is equivalent to Physics 12

Please note: Pre-university Math is not considered to be equivalent to Academic Math 12

Virtual High School (Ontario)

For more information please visit the Virtual High School website

All courses taken through the VHS and coded 4M/4U are equivalent to a grade 12 in-class version.

 

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