BC Adult Graduation Diploma

Qualify for entry into NIC programs and increase job opportunities. Many employers require grade 12 completion. Study face-to-face or online, during the day or evening, in courses that work around your life and learning style. Receive support every step of the way.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: College Wide
Starts: September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June
Length: Varies
Delivery:  Off-campus, Digital Unscheduled Class

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The teachers here treat you like equals. If you don’t understand something, you can reach out to them. It makes a huge difference.

Patricia Dawson-Hunt, NIC BC Adult Graduation diploma graduate

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Program Requirements

Five courses selected from the following:

  1. ENG-096 or ENG-098 or higher-level English
  2. MAT-053 or MAT-055 or higher-level mathematics
  3. Plus, any three courses from the following Adult Basic Education provincial level or higher-level courses:

Completion Requirements

In order to receive a BC Adult Graduation diploma, students must:

  1. Be granted credit for at least 3 courses as an adult at NIC, through the secondary school system, or through prior learning assessment (PLA).
  2. Have completed at least 1 course through North Island College.
  3. Complete all required and elective requirements listed under BC Adult Graduation Diploma program overview.
  4. Earn at least 20 credits in the secondary system or complete 5 courses in the post secondary system. Courses and credits can be counted from the secondary school system and/or the post-secondary school system and/or the Adult Basic Education program.

Admission Requirements

There are no admission requirements for the BC Adult Graduation Diploma.  Student must apply to the program of their choosing and meet the eligibility requirements listed below. 

  1. To be eligible for the BC Adult Graduation Diploma, a person must be 18 years or older.
  2. Have completed at least 1 course through North Island College.
  3. Complete all required and elective requirements listed under program curriculum tab. 
  4. Earn at least 20 credits in the secondary system or complete 5 courses in the post secondary system. Courses and credits can be counted from the secondary school system and/or the post-secondary school system and/or the Adult Basic Education program.

Once eligible students may complete the Application for Credential form

Educational Advisors are available to discuss your goals and course options.

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Nadine Simpson

Nadine Simpson


Adult Basic Education

BSc, Biology (Vancouver Island University, 2006)

BA, Anthropology (Vancouver Island University, 2006)

Subjects: Mathematics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5083 | Location TTB - 122

Sara Child

Sara Child

Faculty, Researcher

Adult Basic Education, Humanities & Social Sciences

Master of Education Indigenous Language Revitalization (UVic, 2017)

Subjects: Early Childhood Education, English, Human Service Worker, Kwak'wala Language
Port Hardy Campus 250-949-7912 ext. 2841 | Location PH

Sandra Faust

Sandra Faust


Adult Basic Education

Bachelor of Arts, English (University of Victoria)

Subjects: English
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8709 | Location SOU - 118

Wilma Gus

Wilma Gus

Department Chair, Faculty

Adult Basic Education

Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development with Adult Education focus (University of Victoria, 2001)



Subjects: Mathematics
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8750 | Location CEN - 137

Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston


Aboriginal Education, English

Aboriginal Leadership Certificate (UBC 2016)

Masters of Arts in English Literature (UBC 2010)

PID (VCC 2004)

Bachelors of Arts in English Literature (Malaspina U-C 2003)

Subjects: Aboriginal Leadership, English
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 4021
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4069 | Location VLG - N1

Noreen McCaffrey

Noreen McCaffrey


Adult Basic Education

Subjects: English, English As a Second Language
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5059 | Location TTB - 127
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Danita Schmidt

Danita Schmidt
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5060 | Location TTB - 117

Tony Trudel

Tony Trudel


Adult Basic Education, English As a Second Language

BC Teaching Certificate - Secondary Math (University of Victoria, 2009)

Subjects: English, English As a Second Language, Mathematics
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9770 ext. 7770 | Location CWG - 240C
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711

Did you Know ...

You can earn credit toward Grade 12 and college - at the same time.
If you’re planning to take any other North Island College program, you can earn credit toward completion of your BC Adult Grad diploma - with the same courses. For example, many trades programs earn you three of five required course credits toward your Grade 12. And completing your Grade 12 may qualify you for a wider range of job opportunities upon graduation. Contact a student advisor for details.

Flexible Course Schedules

You will find a wide variety of upgrading courses available at all NIC locations starting in September, January, and June. Some are offered on a set schedule and meet at the same time every week. Other courses, like our continuous-entry and online courses, often have flexible start dates where you set the pace. Most of the continuous-entry and online courses must be completed within four months of your start date (some allow five months to complete). They all include instructor support and follow-up. Educational advisors at your nearest campus can provide a current timetable of courses suited to your goals, including in-class, distance, and online options that make it possible for you to build your timetable around jobs and child care.

Come Talk to Us

Our educational advisors are available by appointment (on campus or by phone) to talk to you about all your upgrading options, BC Adult Graduation diploma completion and how we can help set up a study plan that fits your goals.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Course
NISU Fees $15

Tuition  is free for Adult Basic Education courses for domestic students. For University-level courses, tuition is charged and is approximately $311 per course.

Student Union (NISU) fees are charged for both Adult Basic Education and University-level courses. NISU fees vary from $10 to $15 per course.

Book costs and Lab fees are dependent on the courses being taken.  Not all courses have Lab fees.