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3.2.1 High School Student Admission 2020/2021

3.2.1 High School Student Admission

The admission average is calculated using the best five Grade 12 subjects required for admission to the degree program of the applicant’s choice. For Alberta applicants, admission averages are calculated using the blended grade which appears on the official Alberta Education transcript.

A. Bachelor of Arts Programs

Applicants to three- or four-year Bachelor of Arts degree programs who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Bachelor of Arts programs is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. [Approved by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Arts in April, 2020]

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. In order to maximize future program and course choices, applicants are encouraged to present a broad range of subjects across Groups A, B and C.
  2. Applicants should keep in mind that their chosen program may contain courses for which there are specific grade 12 prerequisites that must be met in addition to the subjects used for admission.
  3. A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented.
  4. A maximum of one group D subject may be presented for admission.
  5. Two courses from the same second language cannot be used to meet more than one Group A subject requirement.
  6. It is recommended that courses include Social Studies 30-1 and a 30-level Language Other than English.
  7. Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.
  8. Applicants intending to complete an area of concentration in Political Economy are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
  9. Applicants intending to complete a minor in Computing Science, Mathematics, or Physics are required to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
  10. Applicants intending to complete a major, area of concentration, or minor in Psychology or Sociology, or who plan to enter the Bachelor of Education (After Degree) program are strongly recommended to present Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  11. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.

B. Bachelor of Management Program

Applicants to the four-year Bachelor of Management degree program who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 65% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Bachelor of Management program is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. Three subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. In order to maximize future program and course choices, applicants are encouraged to present a broad range of subjects across Groups A and C.
  2. A maximum of one Group B subject may be presented for admission.
  3. A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented for admission.
  4. It is recommended that courses include a 30-level Language Other than English.
  5. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.
  6. Applicants should keep in mind that their chosen program may contain courses for which there are specific grade 12 prerequisites that must be met in addition to the subjects used for admission.

C. Bachelor of Science Programs

Applicants to three- or four-year Bachelor of Science degree programs who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 60% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Bachelor of Science programs is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. two subjects from Group C
  4. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. Applicants pursuing a Chemistry concentration or major are strongly encouraged to present Chemistry 30.
  2. Applicants pursuing a Biology concentration or major are strongly encouraged to present Biology 30 and Chemistry 30.
  3. Applicants pursuing an Environmental Science concentration or major are strongly encouraged to present Biology 30 and Chemistry 30.
  4. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.
  5. Applicants should keep in mind that their chosen program may contain courses for which there are specific grade 12 prerequisites that must be met in addition to the subjects used for admission.

D. Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees Program

Applicants to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program who present high school qualifications when seeking admission to the first year of university studies must normally present a minimum admission average of 65% with a passing grade in each subject.

Admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program is competitive; meeting the minimum admission average requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally present the following course requirements: (see Table 3.2.1.A, Classification of Alberta Grade 12 Subjects)

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  3. two subjects from Group C
  4. One subject from Group A, B, C, or D

Note:

  1. It is recommended that courses include a 30-level Language Other than English.
  2. Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.
  3. Applicants should keep in mind that their chosen program may contain courses for which there are specific grade 12 prerequisites that must be met in addition to the subjects used for admission.
  4. Applicants pursuing a Chemistry major are strongly encouraged to present Chemistry 30.

E. International Baccalaureate

IB Grade Grade 12 Percentage
7 98%
6 90%
5 82%
4 73%
3 55%
2 45%
1 less than 45%

Concordia University of Edmonton recognizes course work completed in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. When an applicant presents both a high school Grade 12 subject and the corresponding IB course for admission, the higher grade will be used in the admission average calculation. IB course grades are converted as shown in the table to the right.

Applicants may be eligible to receive transfer credit for IB courses with a grade of 5 or higher. See Table 3.2.1.C for details.

F. Advanced Placement

AP Grade Grade 12 Percentage
5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%
1 Not accepted for admission

Concordia University of Edmonton recognizes course work completed in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. When an applicant presents both a high school Grade 12 subject and the corresponding AP course for admission, the higher grade will be used in the admission average calculation. AP course grades are converted as shown in the table to the right.

Applicants may be eligible to receive transfer credit for AP courses with a grade of 4 or 5. See Table 3.2.1.D for details. Other courses may be considered on an individual basis:

G. Out-of-Province Admission

Applicants who have been educated outside the province of Alberta but within Canada should consult the Out-of-Province High School Equivalency Chart, table 3.2.1.F. Applicants must normally present the equivalent Grade 12 subjects required for their chosen program.

Applicants who have completed their Grade 12 year in British Columbia or the Yukon are not required to present optional provincial examinations for admission consideration. With the exception of English 12, the higher of the school grade or the blended grade (school grade and provincial examination mark) will be used when calculating the admission average.

H. International Admission

1. American High School Equivalents

Applicants educated in the United States of America must normally present a Grade 12 diploma, the appropriate admission average, and course equivalents to Alberta Education Grade 12 subject requirements for their chosen program.

2. British Education System

Applicants educated in a country that follows the British Education System must normally present a combination of five program-specific subjects from the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-level) or the General Certificate of Education Advanced Supplementary Level (AS-level). Admission is based on the completion of required GCSE or IGCSE subjects with a minimum grade of C in each subject and the required A- or AS-level subjects (final or predicated result).

Admission to Bachelor of Arts programs requires at least two passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English and one additional subject). Admission to Bachelor of Science programs requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one Science – Biology, Chemistry, or Physics). Admission to the Bachelor of Management program requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one additional subject). Admission to the Bachelor of Management & Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program requires three passes at the A- or AS-level (normally, English, Mathematics [Algebra], and one Science – Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).

Additional acceptable education certificates include, but are not limited to, Caribbean Examination Council Secondary Education Certificate, Hong Kong Certificate of Education, Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination, Uganda Certificate of Education, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, West African School Certificate or Senior Secondary School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. For information regarding other acceptable certificates, contact Admissions.

Concordia University of Edmonton may award transfer credit for A-Level courses when a final grade of C or higher is attained. AS-Level courses will not be considered for transfer credit.

3. Other Jurisdictions

Applicants educated in a jurisdiction other than those noted above must submit all academic transcripts as defined in section 3.1.1.C. For additional information regarding acceptable educational credentials, contact Admissions.