2021-22 Calendar

Adult Upgrading

The Adult Upgrading (AU) department offers courses for adult learners with a wide range of backgrounds and needs for educational upgrading. Courses provide students with basic literacy skills, prerequisites for admission to post-secondary programs, and requirements for the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma. Support services are available for students with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, landed immigrant, or student authorization issued by Immigration Canada.

  • Age Requirement: Applicants must: be at least 19 years of age, or 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system for at least 12 months, or have a senior secondary graduation diploma.

  • All students entering any Fundamental Level English or Basic Literacy course for the first time are required to complete an individual admission interview with a Fundamental Level English instructor as a prerequisite. Prospective students should contact the Fundamental Level English instructor or the Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program Coordinator at the receiving Okanagan College campus to arrange an admission interview before registration.

  • Any applicant not meeting these requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counsellor and be referred to the Adult Upgrading Underage Committee of the campus which the applicant wishes to attend. The Committee will interview the applicant who will be admitted only if recommended by the Committee and space is available.

While no specific academic background is required, students entering some Adult Upgrading courses may be required to complete a skills assessment if they do not meet specific course prerequisites.

AU Mathematics Courses:

Students must have completed the prerequisites within the five years prior to the start date of the AACP mathematics course in which they wish to register. Any student not meeting this requirement will be required to write a mathematics skills assessment to determine their Math Skills Indicator (MSI) level. The MSI level is determined by a score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE), the Penticton Adult Upgrading Mathematics Skills Assessment, or the Basic Algebra Skills Test.

AU English and Science Courses:

Students must have completed prerequisites for science courses within the five years prior to the start date for the AU science course in which they wish to register. Students may gain admission to the AU English courses and science courses with an English competency requirement based on a score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE) and writing assessment. Interviews may also be conducted to help determine the appropriate level.

Hours of Study: Both day and evening classes may be offered, Monday through Friday. Adult Academic and Career Preparation full-time students are those enrolled in three or more courses, or receiving 15 hours or more of instruction per week, or enrolled in a two-month Spring or Summer semester course requiring 96 hours or more of instruction.

Course Advising: Before registration, prospective students are encouraged to discuss course and program plans with an advisor or instructor from the department. Appointments for course advising can be made by contacting the Advising office at each OC campus.

Semester Length: Semesters vary from four to five months, depending on centre. Summer semesters are two months.

Semester Start Dates:

September, January, May and July

Penticton, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke 
September and January

September, January and May

Program Area:


Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Jan, May, Sep)
  • Penticton (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec)
  • Revelstoke (Jan, Feb, Sep, Nov)
  • Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep)
  • Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


Tuition free – see department for details.


Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 07/31/2021