Academic Upgrading

Put yourself on the path to further education. We’ll help you get there. Improve your reading, math, and computer skills with basic literacy and essential skills courses. Get ready for your GED, take high school upgrading, and more.


Interested in Upgrading? Students must apply before they can register in courses or apply for funding. See below for more information on how to apply.

Applications for the Fall 2018 term open at 8:00AM on May 15, 2018.

Step 1 - Select the right upgrading program

We offer programs from basic literacy through high school upgrading and pathways that help you enter specific programs at Bow Valley College or the Alberta College of Art + Design. View the full list at bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-courses/academic-upgrading.

Step 2 - Apply for Upgrading

Term Status and how to apply

Spring 2018
(May 3, 2018)

Applications for Spring 2018 are closed, except the following:

Fall 2018
(Aug. 30, 2018)

Applications for Fall 2018 will open on May 15 at 8:00AM:

New learners applying after May 23 will not be eligible for an Alberta Works funding form (TPI), as we have reached our capacity for Fall 2018 provincial funding.

Winter 2019
(Jan. 7, 2019)
Applications for the Winter 2019 term will open on September 12, 2018.

Some upgrading courses, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial assistance. If you are interested in applying for Alberta Works, please contact the Prospective Student Centre for more information.

  • If you attended high school in Canada within the past 5 years, please bring a copy of your transcripts to the Office of the Registrar when you submit your application for admission.
  • If you haven't completed any grade 10 to 12 courses in Canada in the last 5 years you will need to take the Bow Valley College placement test.

See the Admissions and Placement Testing page for the test schedule and additional testing information

Step 3 - After you apply

After you apply, Bow Valley College will send you an email within 2 to 3 business days. This email will tell you if you are accepted into your program and what you need to do next. 

After you are accepted, you will be sent information by email about how to register in courses.

Alberta Works financial assistance is limited. Visit the Alberta Works page to find out how to apply for financial aid.

  • There is a separate deadline for Alberta Works funding
  • Only accepted learners may apply for funding
  • Apply to Bow Valley College as early as possible if you want to apply for Alberta Works funding
  • Bow Valley College does not guarantee or manage the funding process.

Some upgrading programs, such as Anytime Online, are not eligible for Alberta Works financial aid. Contact the Prospective Student Centre for guidance on which programs may qualify for financial aid.

If you require academic accommodations, contact Learner Success Services four months prior to the start of scheduled classes to set-up your academic accommodation plan.

We will make reasonable effort to provide suitable accommodation, however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that your start date may be deferred to provide the accommodation. While the college attempts to facilitate all accommodation requests, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.

Get help

Contact the Prospective Student Centre for assistance. We can be reached at info@bowvalleycollege.ca or 403-410-1402 during regular business hours.

  • Indigenous students can call 403-476-2256 to speak with the Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist.
  • If you want to apply using a paper application, you can download a PDF application form here. Students applying for Anytime Online upgrading courses must apply online.

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