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    Academic Upgrading

Program Code:ACADEMIC
Campus:Newnham, Yorkgate, Newmarket, Vaughan, Scarborough
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Term/Continuous Intake
Credential Awarded:Seneca College Certificate

Program Description

Academic and Pre–College

The Academic Upgrading Program is a FREE program sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities that prepares students to meet college entry requirements. As a student in Academic Upgrading, you’ll also benefit from a program orientation prior to starting classes, and additional career counselling and instruction in computer skills.

ACE Certificate

Once you’ve completed four advanced level courses, including EAC 149 and a 09–series Math, you’ll be eligible for the Seneca College Academic and Career Entrance (A.C.E.) Certificate, which is accepted as equivalent to Grade 12, and is generally accepted by colleges across Ontario for admission to post–secondary college level programs. It is also accepted for entry into apprenticeship programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age or mature early school leavers. All applicants are tested and interviewed in order to determine program suitability and student entry–level.
  • Applicants for whom English is not his/her first language must provide evidence of ESL Assessment at Level 6 or above

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Start Dates

The program is offered on a continuous/ termed intake basis. For more information or to book an appointment for testing, please call:

  • Vaughan
    1490 Major Mackenzie Drive West/Dufferin
    905–417–1781, ext 5833
  • Scarborough
    3660 Midland Avenue/McNicoll
    416–293–3722, ext 261
  • Newnham Campus
    1750 Finch Avenue East/Don Mills
    (416) 491–5050, ext. 26620
  • Newmarket Campus
    16655 Yonge Street, Unit 3/Mulock
    (905) 898–6199, ext. 228
    (905) 773–7141, ext. 228 (Toronto Line)
  • Yorkgate Campus
    1 Yorkgate Boulevard/Jane & Finch
    (416) 491–5050, ext. 44772

Special Funding

You may qualify for a Special Support Allowance to help you pay for transportation and child care costs. Please apply at each site.


Your timetable may include courses at a variety of levels determined during an entrance assessment. You may need to complete specific pre–requisites for some courses.

Introductory Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
MTH070 Mathematics 5
Intermediate Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
CLT083 Computers 2
EAC140 English and Communications 8
MTH097 Mathematics 6
BIO080 Principles of Biology 6
CHM080 Principles of Chemistry 6
Advanced Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO093 Principles of Human Biology 6
CHM093 Applied Chemistry 6
CPR090 Computer Fundamentals 2
CSM090 Communication and Self Management 2
EAC149 English and Communications 4
Students may complete ONE of the following:
BNM091 Business Mathematics 6
MTH092 Mathematics 2
MTH099 Apprenticeship Mathematics 6
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