Basic Education (Beginning skills to end of Grade 8)
Basic education courses are designed for adults who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills from beginner levels to the end of Grade 8. Students work together in small groups or in self-paced classes. We offer classes in the morning, afternoon and evening. We also offer computer literacy classes twice per week. To register for basic education, you must be 18 years or older and speak English comfortably.
Find out more about this program:
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Program Status
- Apply to this Program
- Fees and Other Costs
- Additional Information
Students work in small classes or receive individual instruction in self-paced classes.
Study times, including seminars: Monday to Thursday
English - 12 hours per week
Math - 12 hours per week
Computer Literacy - 6 hours per week
For additional information about our math courses, please view the mathematics education chart.
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
College policy: Admission to Vancouver Community College is based on the underlying principle of the potential for success within the time limits of the specific courses/programs. Basic education is a program for adults who want to improve their reading, writing or math from beginning levels to the end of Grade 8. Basic computer skills are also offered.
Students applying for basic education classes must:
- Meet with the department and complete a reading, writing or math assessment. Bring any special tool or device (computer, tablet) needed for writing in basic education classes.
- Understand and speak or use English comfortably.
- Recognize and write some letters of the English alphabet.
- Answer questions on reading materials at the level they are able to read.
- Work co-operatively in a group or independently in the self-paced classroom.
Basic education is not an appropriate placement for students who have a strong academic background indicated by post-secondary training at a university or similar academic institution.
Students are referred to the Vancouver Community College program that best meets their educational needs. Students who need more work on oral language skills are normally referred to ESL programs. Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing or visually impaired are normally referred to a program for students with disabilities.
VCC is accepting applications from international students.
Apply to this Program
After you apply, you can check your to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.
Fees and Other Costs
Off-campus basic education locations:
The Living Room
528 Powell Street
English and Mathematics
Monday to Thursday, 10 hours per week, afternoons
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
350 W. Georgia Street
English and Mathematics
Monday and Wednesday, 10 hours per week, afternoons and evenings
To make an appointment for an interview or get more information call 604.871.7000, ext. 7369.
|Course Name||Outline||Course Code||Credits|
|Computer Literacy Level 1||COMP 0311||0.0|
|Computer Literacy Level 2||COMP 0312||0.0|
|English Level 1||ENGL 0311||0.0|
|English Level 2||ENGL 0312||030|
|English Level 3||ENGL 0313||0.0|
|English Level 4||ENGL 0314||0.0|
|English Level 5||ENGL 0315||0.0|
|English Level 6||ENGL 0316||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 1||MATH 0311||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 2||MATH 0312||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 3||MATH 0313||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 4||MATH 0314||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 5||MATH 0315||0.0|
|Mathematics Level 6||MATH 0316||0.0|