Study in Canada

The B.C. Secondary School Curriculum and Graduation Program

  • The British Columbia Grade 10, 11 and 12 academic program prepares students for entrance to university and college programs.
  • During Grades 10, 11 and 12, students must complete at least 80 credits of course work to satisfy the minimum requirements for graduation.
  • Students may be eligible to receive course credits, and external language credits for work completed in their home country, or for work completed outside the classroom.

Students are required to complete the following 4-credit courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English 10 English 11 or Communications 11 English 12* or Communications 12
Social Studies 10 Social Studies 11 An additional 12 credits of coursework at the Grade 12 level
Science 10 At least one Science course
Mathematics 10 At least one Mathematics course
Physical Education 10
At least 4 credits of Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills coursework at the Grade 10, 11 or 12 level

Students must also complete:

  • 4 credits of Graduation Portfolio Assessment credits
  • 28 additional credits of elective courses
  • A minimum of five government examinations at the Grade 10, 11 or 12 level, of which one must be English 12 or Communications 12

* To enrol at most Canadian universities or colleges, students must complete English 12.

The program of studies is designed to ensure that students:

  • Meet British Columbia High School graduation requirements
  • Experience leadership and global learning
  • Experience and prepare for University

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Sample Timetable

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Summer Term

Students may enrol in a Summer program for periods of 2 to 6 weeks, during July and August. The program begins the first week in July. They will study English and enjoy a variety of recreational activities. Tuition fees will vary, depending on the length of study. For more information, please see www.viu.ca/highschool/summerstudy or contact the Principal at highschool@viu.ca.

Report Cards and Grades

One report card will be provided to students and parents. The High School at Vancouver Island University uses the grading system recommended by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Student reports will indicate grades in letters and in percentages, accompanied by written comments.

Note: Successful completion of any course requires a minimum grade of 50% (C-).

In Progress means that the student is making progress, but additional studies are required to successfully complete the course.

Grade Percent (%) Points Rating
A 86-100 4.0 Excellent
B 73-85 3.0 Very Good
C+ 67-72 2.5 Good
C 60-66 2.0 Satisfactory
C- 50-59 1.0 Pass
F Below 50 0.0 Fail
I In Progress    

Provincial Examinations

Provincial examinations are mandatory for Grade 10 & 12 courses. The examinations are 2 ½ hours in length, and can be written in January, April, June, August, or November.

  • Grade 10 - 20% towards a student's final grade; 80% of the final grade comes from schools marks
  • Grade 12 - 40% towards a student's final grade; 60% of the final grade comes from schools marks

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