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School of Access

Programs and Courses

We can help you improve your English, math and science skills for life, school and work. We'll help you prepare for success in Camosun or other college and university programs, and explore career and education options. Our programs are offered on both campuses and in various communities, and we often collaborate with other schools at Camosun.

Academic Upgrading

Academic and Career Foundations

Program Credential Description Length
Academic Upgrading - Fundamental and Intermediate Courses only or Certificate
  • Upgrade to the Grade 10 level
  • Earn pre-requisites for your next program
  • Take individual courses or complete the certificate
Building Employment Success for Tomorrow (BEST) Certificate
  • Assess your interests, abilities and potential
  • Learn work search strategies and current labour market trends
  • Set personal, career and educational goals
8 weeks

English and Math Access

Program Credential Description Length
BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD) Diploma varies
College Preparatory

Courses only


Community Learning Partnerships (CLP)

Program Credential Description Length
Indigenous Academic Upgrading Courses only or Certificate
  • Held in local First Nations communities
  • Designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students
  • Take courses in English, math and basic computer studies
Indigenous College Prep Certificate
  • Held in local First Nations communities
  • Prepares Indigenous students for entrance into college level courses and programs
  • Take courses including Intermediate math (Grade 10)
  • UCEP (University College Entrance Preparation) fundable by bands
8 months

Access to Career and Academic Programs

The School of Access collaborates with other schools at Camosun to offer short programs that help you fulfill English and math admission requirements while taking courses related to your chosen career program.

School of Trades & Technology

Program Credential Description Length
Civil Engineering Technology Access Certificate 8 months
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Access Certificate 8 months
Mechanical Engineering Technology Access Certificate 8 months

Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

Employment Training and Preparation

Employment Training and Preparation Programs

Program Credential Description Length
Employment Preparation


  • Learn entry-level employment skills
  • Obtain external certifications
  • Get practical workplace experience
  • Explore volunteering and employment opportunities

Choose from the following study options:

  • Essential Employment Skills
  • EARTH Gardening
8 months
Sector-Specific Employment Training Certificate
  • Develop skills and knowledge for entry-level employment
  • Obtain external certifications
  • Get practical workplace experience

4 months

Occupations Launch Certificate
  • Use job search skills to find and maintain stable entry-level employment or volunteer opportunities
  • Expand teamwork and leadership skills
  • Extensive work experience, mentorship and peer supported activities

Choose from the following study options:

  • Employment Specialization
  • Community Leadership Specialization
4 months
Pathways for Life, Learning and Work Certificate
  • Designed for secondary school students who have identified barriers to education and employment
  • Participate in a non-academic, hands-on, adult learning environment
  • Practice communication, employment, learning and networking skills
  • Through this South Island Partnership program, you'll have opportunities to determine your best next step after high school
6 weeks

English Language Development

English Language Development Programs

Program Credential Description Length
English Language Development (ESL) Certificate
  • Prepare for the workplace or further studies at college or university
  • Take basic to advanced ESL courses

Level 1 - Basic English for beginning and pre-intermediate students
Level 2 - Academic English for more experienced learners

Health Care Assistant - ESL Certificate
  • Earn a Health Care Assistant certificate while improving your English
  • ELD 056 is taught by an ELD instructor as part of this program offered by Health & Human Services
49 weeks

Student Access Services

We provide one-on-one tutoring and support with course work, academic and life skills for students enrolled in School of Access and college-level programs.

We operate six on-campus Help Centres and provide support at community partnership locations.

Alternatively, the library offers Online Learning Skills Guides

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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