Our Adult Basic Education Program is better known as “Literacy and Essential Skills”
Learners gain foundational skills and knowledge in reading, writing, math and computers
All courses will be taught in Real Time Online (RTOL) for Fall 2020:
- Daily live interactive online lessons Monday through Friday
- All lessons recorded and available online
- Live lessons offered daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Minimum Technology Requirements for Fall 2020
Because all our offerings in Fall 2020 will be delivered through online formats, learners are required to have regular access to the following:
Students must have access to a desktop, laptop or tablet that:
- Has reliable internet access
- Allows you to watch video and hear audio
- Has a camera
- Has a microphone
- Supports Microsoft Teams
- Supports D2L
- Allows you to receive and send email through your myBVC account
- Allows you to view PDF and Word documents
- Allows you to create text documents of 500 words and more
- Applicants are expected to obtain a minimum score on the Bow Valley College Admission/Placement Test
- Where possible, applicants may provide an official transcript or statement of marks
"When I first came back to school for upgrading at Bow Valley College, I was petrified. But as times went on, I got to know the teachers and the learner support people. Their doors are always open, no matter how busy they are, they always take the time to answer my questions."
Student, Academic Upgrading 2018
Courses in Program
Adult Basic Education credit
This course builds on basic reading and comprehension skills. Students will compare texts, study literary conventions and terms, and build vocabulary. Students read fiction including short stories and novels, as well as non-fiction texts. This course prepares students for Language Arts 4.
Prerequisites: Placement Test
This course builds on basic writing skills. Students will write sentences and paragraphs, as well as workplace materials. Students will incorporate proper spelling and grammar, as well as compose writing using email and word processors. This course prepares students for Language Arts 4.
Prerequisites: Placement Test
Language Arts 4 is a literacy course that prepares students to read and write in academic and real-world contexts. Learners are exposed to a variety of texts such as non-fiction, short stories, multimedia, and audio/visual presentations in order to build comprehension strategies. Learners engage with texts through skill-building tasks in order to enhance communication skills. This course prepares learners for Language Arts 5.
Prerequisite: C- in READ0103 and C- in WRIT0103
Language Arts 5 is a literacy course that continues to prepare students to read and write in academic and real-world contexts. Learners are exposed to a variety of texts such as non-fiction, short stories, multimedia, and audio/visual presentations in order to build comprehension strategies. Learners engage with texts through skill-building tasks. Learners will develop strategies of organization, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This course prepares learners for English Language Arts 10-1/-2.
Prerequisite: C- in ENGL0704 or C- in READ0104 and C- in WRIT0104
This course teaches students basic level math skills. Students will learn addition, multiplication, and fractions. Students also work with word problems. This course prepares students for Basic Math 2.
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in basic operations, and learn rounding, graphs, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and percent. This course prepares students for Basic Math 3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0701, D in READ0102, D in WRIT0102
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in ratio and proportion, percent, measurement, and geometry. This course prepares students for Prep Math 10, GED Math, and Math 10-3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0702, D in READ0103, D in WRIT0103
This course develops students' math skills. Students study number concepts, patterns and relations, variables and equations, measurement, geometry, and statistics. This course prepares students for Math 10C.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0703 and D in ENGL0704 or D in READ0104 and D in WRIT0104