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    Academic Upgrading

Program Code:ACADEMIC
Campus:Newnham, Yorkgate, Newmarket, Vaughan, Scarborough
Credential Awarded:Seneca College Certificate

Program Description

Academic and Pre–College

The Academic Upgrading Program is a tuition 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 academic advisement, career counseling and computer skills training.

ACE Certificate

Once you’ve completed four advanced level subjects, including English & Communications and an Advanced Level math course, you’ll be eligible for the Seneca College Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate, which is accepted as equivalent to Grade 12, and is generally accepted by colleges across Ontario for admission to postsecondary college level programs. It is also accepted for entry into apprenticeship programs.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • 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.


Tuition is free.

Start Dates

The program is offered on a continuous or semestered intake basis depending on the program location. For more information, or to book an appointment for an entrance assessment or orientation, 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. 26662
  • Newmarket Campus
    16655 Yonge Street, Unit 3/Mulock
    (905) 898–4455, 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 subjects at a variety of levels determined during an entrance assessment. You may need to complete specific prerequisites for some courses.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Communication and Self Management
English and Communications
Principles of Biology
Principles of Chemistry
Advanced Level (ACE Credits)
Principles of Human Biology
Applied Chemistry
Computer Fundamentals
Communications & Self Management
English and Communications
Students may complete ONE of the following
Apprenticeship Mathematics
Business Mathematics
Core Mathematics

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