The Basic Skills Certificate-B (BSCB) Program supports students to achieve their educational and personal development goals. This program is for students who wish to develop academic and independent living skills. Program content includes courses which focus on literacy and math skills, interpersonal and self-management skills, creativity and self-expression, workplace awareness, and skills for increasing independence. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete the program (under special circumstances and with permission of the Dean this maximum may increase).
Courses are scheduled from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, or be at least 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system for at least 12 months, or have a school-leaving certificate. Any applicant not meeting the age requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counselor and be interviewed by the ASE Admissions Committee. The recommendation and interview information of the underage applicant will be referred to the Dean. The applicant will be admitted only if approved by the Dean and space is available. In cases of underage admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.
General Requirements: All students must participate in an intake interview with the ASE Admissions Committee.
All students must:
Complete a Level Two reading assessment with 90% or better in accuracy and 75% or better in comprehension. To enter directly into Level Three courses students must complete the Level Three reading assessment (Intermediate One Reading Tasks) with 90% or better in accuracy and 75% or better in comprehension.
Eligibility for admission will be based on evidence of the above requirements being demonstrated in the assessment interview and must include at least two of the following (students must provide documentation at their own effort and expense):
Special Circumstances: Students who lack appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally on the recommendation of the instructor with the approval of the Department Chair. In cases of conditional admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.
A student who is non-verbal or multi-disabled and requires special accommodations can only be accepted into the program when those specific accommodation needs have been addressed and met. The student may be required to attend with a qualified support person who will be required to participate in a learning contract.
Students are required to complete 10 core courses and 2 electives (12 courses in total). Courses within the BSCB Program are not in a required sequence. Courses will be offered in a variety of combinations and a variety of lengths at each centre. Eligible students will be able to enter at the beginning of any semester if space is available. ASE courses are skills based and adjusted to meet individual student need. Course work begins at each student’s level of competency. Skills aimed at and achieved will vary according to the needs, goals, and abilities of the students. To continue skills development, and to complete the BSCB program, students are required to take core courses more than once.
Students may attend full-time (three courses per semester) or part-time in order to accommodate the needs of students for whom part-time participation is most appropriate. Individual, stand-alone courses will still be available. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete the program (except under special circumstances,upon recommendation of the department and with permission of the Dean).
Special Circumstances: Under special circumstances students will be allowed to take longer than four years to complete their program.
Circumstances may include:
BSCB students must complete:(courses are taken more than once)
The remaining two courses will be Electives offered from the following list:
LSIN 016 Writing Your Life and LSIN 034 Banking and Budgeting may be counted more than once as Electives.
Students may choose to take up to four additional optional electives with permission of the department if:
Completion of 10 core courses and 2 elective courses (12 courses in total). Courses must be completed within a maximum of four years unless there are special circumstances, upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Dean. Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 50% in each course with an overall average of 70%. Graduating or past PACE students may use the following 6 LSPM courses as replacements for the following 6 BSCB courses where up to 2 BSCB courses are still required to graduate from the BSCB Program.
|BSCB Course||PACE Course|
|1 of Literacy Workplace Awareness 2 or 3||LSPM 005 Career Exploration|
|2 Human Relations||LSPM 003 Workplace Int. Skills A or LSPM 004 Workplace Int. Skills B|
|1 of Literacy - English 2 or 3||LSPM 001 Strategies for Success A|
|Two Electives||LSPM 022 Strategies for Success B and LSPM 007 Working World A or LSPM 008 Working World B|
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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/27/2021