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Independent Learning Centre

High School Courses – Information

Course Types

Grades 9 and 10

Academic courses emphasize theory and abstract problems.

Applied courses focus on practical applications and concrete examples.

Open courses prepare you for further study in certain subjects and enrich your education generally.

You may change course type when you move from a Grade 9 course to a Grade 10 course. For example, if you complete Grade 9 applied science, you may take Grade 10 academic science.

Grades 11 and 12

University preparation courses prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.

University/college preparation courses prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for specific programs offered at universities and colleges.

College preparation courses prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for most college programs or apprenticeship and other training programs.

Workplace preparation courses prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the expectations of employers or the requirements for admission to certain apprenticeship and other training programs.

Open courses broaden your knowledge and skills in a subject. Open courses may not be designed for specific requirements of universities, colleges, or the workplace.