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Academic Upgrading

“Academic Upgrading…because “high school you” didn’t have the dreams that you have now!”

Oulton College is happy to bring you Academic Upgrading to help you achieve your dream of a career in the health sciences field. Upgrading in Math, Biology, and English is available to help get you into a rewarding career like Practical Nurse, Primary Care Paramedic, Dental Assistant, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, Optician, Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant.

Students are taught a curriculum that has been approved by The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by a certified teacher, with a Certificate in Pre-College Science Studies earned by candidates who enroll in the entire program. (Don’t need the whole list of courses? No problem – transcripts will be provided for individual credits.)

Are you ready?

The first step is to send us an online inquiry and attach your most up-to-date transcript. We require a Grade 12 diploma, Adult Diploma, or GED and a meeting with an admissions advisor in order to start the process.

Courses that will be offered will include:

  • Foundations of Math 110
  • Biology 112
  • English 122

The next session of AU for Fall 2023 will be scheduled as follows:

  • September 18 to October 27:
    • AU Math from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • AU English from 1 PM to 4 PM (tentative based on enrolment)
  • November 6 to December 15:
    • AU Chemistry from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • AU Biology from 1 PM to 4 PM 

How to Apply

  • Inquire online here
  • Send us your most up to date transcript

*Candidates of the academic upgrading- pre science program are not guaranteed admissions into another program. The application process for these will be applied equally.

Course Descriptions:

Foundations of Math 110 provides a pathway designed for entry into most academic programs. You will develop logical reasoning skills and apply this to proofs and problems involving angles and triangles, the sine law and the cosine law. You will also model and solve problems involving systems of linear inequality in two variables and explore the characteristics of quadratic functions. Costs and benefits of renting, leasing and buying are explored and investment portfolios are analyzed.

Biology 112 explores the unity and diversity among living things. In Biology 11, you study the cell as the basic unit of life and the diversity of organisms that make up the world’s ecosystems. You will also study some of the systems that allow organisms to interact with the outside environment. You will investigate the impact of biology and technology on society and the impact of human activities on the natural world.

English 122 begins with an introduction to four literary theories or perspectives from which to view texts. The course concludes with a research module in which you will look at what makes a good essay, how to narrow a topic focus, how to plan research so it is targeted, how to evaluate and cite sources, and how to choose quotations so you will have an impact with your words. Woven throughout the course is a required independent reading component. You will choose texts and submit a weekly journal report of your reading experiences.