Adult Basic Education (High School Equivalent)

College Preparation for Adults - Basic Skills to Grade 12

Adult Basic Education or ABE program is for adults who want to:

  • Complete prerequisite courses needed for further study
  • Obtain a graduation certificate
  • Prepare for employment
  • Refresh their skills and confidence for work or further studies
  • Reach a personal goal

Powell River Campus

At this time all Adult Basic Education courses are offered online only.

ABE students can utilize the Powell River Campus student labs to access their course materials, if needed, during regular campus hours.

For more information please contact Student Services at: 604-485-2878 or email 

Courses Offered

BIOL 067 Biology 12 - Provincial

CHEM 047 Chemistry 12 - Provincial

CHEM 067 Chemistry 12 - Provincial

ENGL 037 English - Intermediate

ENGL 047 English - Advanced

ENGL 067 English - Provincial 

MATH 037 Introductory Algebra

MATH 047 Principles of Math 11 - Advanced 

MATH 067 Precalculus 12

PHYS 047 Advanced Physics

Admission Requirements

Minimum 17 years of age and out of school for one year


High school graduation


Enrolled in a VIU academic or trades/vocational program.

Note: An assessment may be required for placement purposes if prerequisites were completed more than 5 years prior to admission. To book an assessment, please call 604-485-2878.

Seniors - Age Exemption

Domestic students 65 years or older are entitled to free tuition for Academic courses, space permitting. This exemption applies to tuition fees and Student Activity Fees only; it does not apply to Students’ Union Fees, Professional Development and Training courses, Trades programs, or textbook purchases and Differential Tuition and/or Other Mandatory Student Fees.

For more information please contact an Advisor by calling the campus at 604-485-2878 or by email.

Study Package


Tuition Fee Schedule

Financial Support

Financial support may be available through Services Canada, First Nations Bands, the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) and other sources. Check with the agencies concerned or a VIU advisor.

Course Levels

Students can work toward an ABE certificate, a BC Adult Graduation Diploma or focus on prerequisite courses for entry to specific programs. Students should talk to an advisor to discuss upgrading possibilities. Call the Powell River Campus to book an appointment for information on course availability, start date, and registration.


Continuous Intake: students can start every two weeks
Course Term - 15 weeks