Types of Courses

Choosing the Approrpiate Level for Success

Before selecting courses and/or streams, students must consider:
üCareer goals
üAcademic ability
üWork habits
How to choose?
When selecting the most appropriate course type and pathway, it is important to consider the following: 

• Talk to parents and teachers
• Examine career goals, personal interests                                                                                                                             • Academic strengths (university, college, or apprenticeship destination)

       • Decisions can be made on a subject-by-subject basis; many courses have pre-requisites (courses that                      must be successfully completed first); 

       • Student learning style, preferences and most recent achievement in the subject should be used as a                       guideline  

       • the development and consistent application of learning skills and work habits supports success in all                       course types, pathways and in life. 


Many colleges have programs that transition into University Options

• Many colleges now offer full 4-year Bachelor's degrees. 

• Many colleges have articulation agreements with universities that allow students who have successfully completed a college diploma to move into Year 2 or 3 of a university program. 

• Many universities recognize successful completion of college programs for entry into related university programs. Some bridging courses may be required, depending on the program. 

• Most apprenticeships require completion of additional course modules offered at a college or training centre. 

• Most colleges and universities offer testing to potential applicants to help determine if gaps in knowledge or skills need to be addressed through prep courses.



A Guide for Grade 9 Parents and Students


Pathway Options for Grades 9 & 10

In Grade 11 & 12 many courses have pre-requisites. Plan ahead to ensure all options will be available. 

    •Emphasis on THEORY.  

    •Works independently in a focused manner.

    •Completes homework consistently and thoroughly.

    •Recommend a minimum of 70% in Grade 8 courses.

    •Select English courses in the academic stream if you are planning on UNIVERSITY.

    •Depending on the university program other academic courses may be required (such as science and mathematics).

May need assistance to organize and complete homework regularly.

Less homework assigned.

Students planning to pursue post-secondary studies at COLLEGE or pursue an APPRENTICE-    ABLE TRADE should select courses in the applied stream. 
Designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and enrich your education.
Courses cover materialand skills necessary for daily activities.

For students who are not meeting expectations at their grade level.
 All subjects DO NOT have to be taken at the same stream!

With the exception of Math, Grade 9 students who take applied level MAY transition into Academic for Grade 10.

Pathway Options for Grades 11 & 12

Different course types are available to Grade 11 and 12 students: 

                    • College 

                    • University 

                    • Workplace 

                    • Open 

                    • “M” university/college 

                    • Non-credit 

 Post-secondary programs usually have secondary school pre-requisites and recommended courses.  Visit the following websites to conduct research about pre-requisites required: