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Dual Credit and Concurrent Studies

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  • Dual Credit lets you take KPU courses for credit towards university and high school graduation

  • Concurrent Studies lets you get a head start on your post-secondary education

  • University credits may be transferable to other institutions

Dual Credit

Want to get a head start on your post-secondary education?

KPU and some local lower mainland school districts have partnered together to create the Dual Credit program. This program allows you to take one or more KPU courses in your grade 12 year of high school and use those academic credits towards your post-secondary education and your high school graduation requirements.

The Dual Credit program is an excellent opportunity to help you transition from high school to university while earning both high school graduation and university credits. Credits earned at KPU may be transferrable to other post-secondary institutions.

Studying at KPU gives you access to various student support services, including study strategies and career exploration, and helps demystify the university experience. Speak with your school district's career programs staff to see if this program is offered at your school. Your application process begins in grade 11 with courses taken in your grade 12 year.

Current Partnerships

KPU currently has signed memorandums of understanding for academic dual credit with the following BC school districts:

  • Abbotsford School District (#34)
  • Delta School District (#37)
  • Langley School District (#35)
  • New Westminster School District (#40)
  • Richmond School District (#38)
  • Surrey School District (#36)

Private schools:

  • Canada Star Secondary School
  • Khalsa Secondary School
  • Maple Leaf World School at KPU
  • Royal Bridge High School

Other partnerships are under development.

Admission Requirements

Requirements are subject to change. Please check with your district career education office for the latest requirements.

  • B or higher in English 11 (recommended)
  • B or higher in Math 11 (recommended)
  • Two references from either your Administrator, Counsellor or Teacher
  • Recommendation to the program from your school administrator/counsellor
  • Letter of consent from your parent/guardian
  • Completed application package

Application fees and student fees are waived for successful applicants. Tuition may be paid by your school district, for select courses (varies each term). Check with your district career education office to find out more.

Examples of Courses Offered

Faculty of Arts

  • ANTH 1100: Social & Cultural Anthropology
  • ARTH 1130: Introduction to Film Studies
  • ASIA 1100: Introducing Asia
  • COMM 1100: Foundations of Communication Studies
  • CRIM 1100: Introduction to Criminology
  • CRWR 1100: Introduction to Creative Writing I
  • EDUC 1100: Introduction to Higher Education
  • FINA 1100: Introduction to Drawing
  • HIST 1110: Reel History: History through Film
  • JRNL 1160: Introduction to Journalism
  • PHIL 1100: Introduction to Philosophy
  • POLI 1125: Introduction to Political Science
  • PSYC 1100: Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • SOCI 1125: Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures

Melville School of Business

  • ACCT 1100: Introductory Financial Accounting I
  • BUSI 1110: Fundamentals of Business in Canada
  • BUSI 1215: Organizational Behaviour
  • CADD 1100: Drafting Fundamentals (cohort program)
  • CBSY 1105: Computer Business Applications
  • CMNS 1140: Introduction to Professional Communication
  • ECON 1150: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENTR 1200: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MRKT 1199: Introduction to Marketing

Please note, courses offered are subject to change. For more information, please contact Dual Credit

Dual Credit with an Indigenous Focus

KPU is partnered with the Surrey School District to offer indigenous grade 12 students the opportunity to explore post-secondary courses with an indigenous focus. Your application process begins in grade 11 with courses taken in your grade 12 year.

The Dual Credit program offers an excellent opportunity to help you transition from high school to university while earning both high school graduation and university credits. Studying at KPU gives you access to various support services for indigenous students, including our Elder in Residence and the Gathering Place.

KPU proudly shares the name of the Kwantlen First Nation. In hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Kwantlen means tireless runner and this is reflected in the university motto: "Through tireless effort, knowledge, and understanding."

Courses offered

Faculty of Arts

  • IDEA 1100: Interdisciplinary Foundations
  • INDG 1100: Introduction to Indigenous Studies

While our current course offerings are limited, we are committed to adding new courses with an indigenous focus to our Dual Credit program. For more information, please contact Dual Credit.

KPU Scotiabank Strive Dual Credit Program

Scotiabank Strive

The KPU Scotiabank Strive dual credit program provides post-secondary education opportunities to historically underserved students. Graciously funded through a ScotiaRISE grant, this program will operate over 6 semesters, starting in Spring 2022 with the Surrey school district. The second semester (Fall 2022) will switch to the Richmond school district and then alternate between the two school districts for the remainder of the program.

Both Surrey and Richmond school districts will identify grade 11 and 12 marginalized BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of colour) students to participate in the program, ensuring these students have access to these types of educational opportunities. The program has 35 seats reserved specifically for Strive students and has dedicated academic supports, including tutoring options, literacy support, Learning Centre support and a student mentor, the Strive student ambassador. These supports are design to create a safe, comfortable learning environment, encouraging students to be more involved, more willing to share and more incline to get help when needed.

We'd like to thank Scotiabank for their support in funding this program. This partnership provides students the opportunity to gain credits for both high school and KPU, while having an equitable and inclusive educational experience. Through this opportunity, we hope students will be inspired and encouraged to explore their potential and strive towards furthering their education to reach their goals and dreams.

Concurrent Studies

KPU is pleased to offer grade 12 students the opportunity to concurrently enroll in university courses, while still in high school. Students are welcome to take one or more KPU courses concurrently with their regular, scheduled high school classes. Students can begin applying in grade 11. Credits earned count toward studies at KPU and may also count toward high school graduation. Credits may also be transferrable to other post-secondary institutions. Similar to the Dual Credit, Concurrent Studies is for students who want a head start on their university studies.

Difference Between Dual Credit and Concurrent Studies

Dual Credit is a partnership program between KPU and some lower mainland school districts. Participating high schools provide funding and support for eligible students to take agreed upon university courses. Courses taken provide students with credit towards KPU programs, as well as high school graduation.

In contrast, Concurrent Studies allows grade 12 students from any school district the opportunity to independently take university courses outside of any partnership program. Courses taken at KPU provide credit towards KPU programs with no guarantee of credit towards high school graduation requirements. Students are responsible for paying all associated tuition costs and student fees. Please visit KPU's Tuition Estimator for a breakdown of costs and tuition.

Who Can Apply?

Concurrent Studies is intended for grade 12 students with excellent verbal and written communication skills, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Students should begin their application process in grade 11. After submitting your online KPU application to an open intake in the Faculty of Arts, Melville School of Business or Faculty of Science and Horticulture, you will need to provide:

  • A high school transcript showing interim and final grades for courses completed or in progress
  • Written consent from parent or legal guardian if under the legal age of majority on the first day of class
  • A letter of support from your high school principal

For more information, please contact Concurrent Studies.