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If you're an adult learner looking to apply to post-secondary institutions or a high school student needing to improve your marks, the Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses at CapU are a great place to start to get into your select university program.

ABE courses are tuition-free for Canadian citizens and permanent residents and are available full-time or part-time, through online learning or in a classroom.

The department offers prerequisites in math, English, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and history courses.

This Adult Education program can help you:

  • successfully complete your high school diploma courses and achieve your BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood);
  • improve your marks in Grade 11 or Grade 12 courses needed as prerequisites for post-secondary studies;
  • improve your GPA in college programs;
  • complete university prerequisites; and
  • get your English 100 credit and English 12 in the same semester.

ABE courses in English, math, biology, chemistry and physics will also be offered at the CapU Squamish campus starting in the Fall 2024 term.

For more information about Adult Basic Education at CapU, select from one of the options below, or, please contact upgrading@capilanou.ca.  

Apply & Register

If you're new to ABE, you'll need to first apply and register for courses.

Apply & Register

Adult Upgrading Grant

Apply for an AUG to help you pay for incidental fees.

Get the grant

ABE FAQ

Do you have a question about ABE? Find the answers here.

I have a question

Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 6, 2023 – Jul 2, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 4, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 22, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 6, 2023 – Jul 2, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 4, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 22, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 3, 2023 – Oct 1, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 3, 2023 – Oct 1, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Dec 6, 2023 – Oct 1, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 3, 2023 – Oct 1, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Feb 4, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Feb 4, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Feb 4, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Feb 4, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – Jul 8, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – Jul 8, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – Jul 8, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – Jun 3, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Most of the questions students have about the ABE programs are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions area.

Note: If you are a current or returning ABE student go to the next step.

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

In the education planner form:

  1. Create an account
  2. Create an application
  3. Select "Capilano University"
  4. Select term to start:  
    • Fall, Summer or Spring
  5. Select your applicant category:
    • new applicant (domestic)
    • returning student
    • current student (changing program)
  6. Select faculty: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development
  7. Select campus:
    • North Vancouver
    • Sunshine Coast
    • Ts̓zil Learning Centre
  8. Select attendance:
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  9. Upload your supporting documents (optional)

Find more information on How to Apply.

Apply on EPBC

Current students can contact any one of their current instructors to register.

Returning students (not a student in the current term, but have taken ABE courses in the previous 2 years), please email upgrading@capilanou.ca to request a registration appointment with an instructor.

After you’ve applied to CapU, we will email you an invitation to view our information session video and complete our required assessments on eLearn (Moodle).

In the email, we will give you instructions for how to access eLearn (Moodle).

We have assessments for English, math, and sciences, as well as questionnaires for our other subjects.

Our instructors need to know which class is at the right level for you, so before you can register for Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses, you’ll need to complete the assessments.

Note: The assessments have no academic value other than assisting instructors in placing students in the correct level for their studies.

You cannot register for courses until you’ve completed the assessments.

Once you are finished your assessments in eLearn, please email upgrading@capilanou.ca to request a registration appointment with an instructor.

New ABE students register for ABE courses on Zoom with an instructor.

During your 30-minute registration appointment, you can ask questions and select your courses.

Current and returning students

During the time arranged in Step 3, meet with an instructor via Zoom, and confirm your selection of classes with an email from your myCapU email account.

If you don’t pay your fees on time you may be charged a late fee or even deregistered from your courses. 

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents do not pay tuition fees for ABE courses.

You will still pay:

Find more information about the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG).

Financial Aid & Awards

Most of the questions students have about the ABE programs are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions area.

Note: If you are a current or returning ABE student go to the next step.

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

In the education planner form:

  1. Create an account
  2. Create an application
  3. Select "Capilano University"
  4. Select term to start:  
    • Fall, Summer or Spring
  5. Select your applicant category:
    • new applicant (domestic)
    • returning student
    • current student (changing program)
  6. Select faculty: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development
  7. Select campus:
    • North Vancouver
    • Sunshine Coast
    • Ts̓zil Learning Centre
  8. Select attendance:
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  9. Upload your supporting documents (optional)

Find more information on How to Apply.

Apply on EPBC

Current students can contact any one of their current instructors to register.

Returning students (not a student in the current term, but have taken ABE courses in the previous 2 years), please email upgrading@capilanou.ca to request a registration appointment with an instructor.

After you’ve applied to CapU, we will email you an invitation to view our information session video and complete our required assessments on eLearn (Moodle).

In the email, we will give you instructions for how to access eLearn (Moodle).

We have assessments for English, math, and sciences, as well as questionnaires for our other subjects.

Our instructors need to know which class is at the right level for you, so before you can register for Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses, you’ll need to complete the assessments.

Note: The assessments have no academic value other than assisting instructors in placing students in the correct level for their studies.

You cannot register for courses until you’ve completed the assessments.

Once you are finished your assessments in eLearn, please email upgrading@capilanou.ca to request a registration appointment with an instructor.

New ABE students register for ABE courses on Zoom with an instructor.

During your 30-minute registration appointment, you can ask questions and select your courses.

Current and returning students

During the time arranged in Step 3, meet with an instructor via Zoom, and confirm your selection of classes with an email from your myCapU email account.

If you don’t pay your fees on time you may be charged a late fee or even deregistered from your courses. 

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents do not pay tuition fees for ABE courses.

You will still pay:

Find more information about the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG).

Financial Aid & Awards

Fees

Tuition & Other Fees

ABE students do not pay tuition but are subject to other fees.

See the Fees

Mandatory Fees

Every CapU student pays certain mandatory fees to study at the University.

See Mandatory Fees

Incidental Fees

There are fees for certain services on CapU campuses. Find out more here.

See Incidental Fees

Required Courses

Total program credits: 10.00

Adult Graduation Diploma Requirements

Total credits: 10.00

Required:

Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:

BENG 052

Or

Provincial Level English

2 credits

BENG 053 & 054

 

Provincial Level English

2 credits

Required:

Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:

BMTH 043 & 044

Or

Advanced Level math

2 credits

BMTH 047 & 048

Or

Advanced Level math

2 credits

BMTH 053 & 054

 

Provincial Level math

2 credits

Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:

 BFPS 052

Or

Provincial level Indigenous culture and history

2 credits

BMTH 053 & 054

Or

Provincial level math

2 credits

BCHM 053 & 054

Or

Provincial level chemistry

2 credits

BPHY 053 & 054

Or

Provincial level physics

2 credits

BBIO 053 & 054

Or

Provincial level biology

2 credits

BHST 052

Or

Provincial level history (Spring only)

2 credits

BCMP 051

Or

Provincial level computers

2 credits

BCMP 052

Or

Provincial level computers

2 credits

BCMP 053

 

Provincial level computers

2 credits

Total program credits: 10.00

We offer grades 10-12 equivalent courses in math, English, biology, chemistry, physics, computers and history.

How to Declare

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

Have a question?

Get in touch with us!

About this program

CapU's North Vancouver main campus or CapU Lonsdale

upgrading@capilanou.ca

About this program

ABE at kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus

juttaangus@capilanou.ca

About this program

ABE at the Ts̓zil Learning Centre

TLC@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Library Building, room LB152

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca