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ACP | Department of Academic and Career Preparation

Need course prerequisites to enter a university program?

Need to upgrade English, Math or Science skills?

Want to earn your BC Adult Graduation Diploma?

Want to qualify for a promotion at your workplace?

Newcomer to Canada looking to meet BC education requirements?

ACP has several qualifying pathways to help you move forward. You can benefit from:

  • Program levels to suit all learning abilities —  Fundamental up to Grade 12 courses, and university qualifying studies
  • Flexible scheduling — day or evening classes with full and part-time study options
  • Start dates throughout the year — continuous intake, individually paced courses and semester-based intake courses
  • Small class sizes and extra tutoring support
  • Upgrade Science subjects including Biology, Physics, and Chemistry
  • Convenient program locations — Surrey, Langley, Richmond and Cloverdale campuses

Who are our students?

Students in ACP courses have different backgrounds, ages and abilities. Some just graduated from high school while others still need to meet graduation requirements, and some are returning to school after years in the workforce: this diversity creates wonderful learning opportunities for our students.

Each student has a goal: upgrading math skills to enter a trades program, honing writing skills to pursue a university degree, acquiring science skills to meet nursing program requirements, improving English and math skills to make work tasks easier. Whatever your end goal, ACP has a pathway to get you there!

Program Admission Requirements

The ACP program is open to high school graduates and to non-graduates nineteen years of age or older. Also, with special permission, students of high school age may attend. For more details, see the 'Admissions Categories' section in the University Calendar.

Through KPU's Pathway, students complete their upgrading to meet KPU's English proficiency requirement while also working toward their intended undergraduate program in the Faculty of their choice. Click here to read more...

Permission to Register and Prerequisites

Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites and co-requisites as listed in the current course calendar.  Waivers may be requested if you can clearly demonstrate that you have the equivalent skills and knowledge.  Students are responsible to complete the "Permission to Register" form and contact one of the department Chair(s): for English (ENGQ), and for Math, Biology, or Physics (MATQ, BIOQ, PHYQ) for their signature.  The student must then take the completed form to Student Enrolment Services for processing.

Application Process

  • Apply online at
  • To book a free ACP English assessment, a free ACP Math:  Space in testing sessions is subject to availability.  ACP Math and English assessments can be booked by calling  Student Enrollment Services at 604-599-2000 - at the prompts, press 2, 4 and 2.  These assessments can also be booked at any campus in person at Student Enrollment Services., and/or submit high school transcripts
  • Receive test results and book an appointment with the ACA Academic Advisor
  • Once admitted to KPU, register for courses and start your studies

Need Financial Assistance?

Adult Upgrading Grants (A.U.G.)