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Minimum Academic Qualifications

Please note that this section of the UBC Calendar has been updated with information specific to undergraduate admissions in 2021. For information regarding undergraduate admissions in 2020, please see the archived version of the 2020/21 Academic Calendar.

The minimum academic qualification for admission is secondary school graduation from a recognized secondary school, including the following Grade 11 and 12 courses:

Grade Required Courses1
Grade 12 English Studies 12 or English First Peoples1
Grade 11 Any English Language Arts 11 or any English First Peoples 11
Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12
Any course which satisfies the Social Studies 11 BC/YT graduation requirement
At least one approved Science 112
A Language 113
1 Or appropriate equivalent International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or Post-secondary course. See the table Specific Program Requirements for Applicants Following the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum and the sections titled Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Courses Approved to Satisfy Pre-requisites and Post-Secondary Course Credits that Count Toward High School Graduation.
2 Applied Physics 11 and 12 (together these courses meet both the Grade 11 Science requirement and the Physics 11 requirement), Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Environmental Sciences 11, Life Sciences 11, or Physics 11
3 A beginner's Language 11 does not satisfy this requirement. Applicants may present any International Baccalaureate (IB) Ab Initio Language in place of Language 11.

Equivalent courses offered in French will also be accepted. (Fran├žais 12 is not accepted in place of English 12.)

For BC/YT high school graduates of 2019 or earlier: Applicants were required to write the final examinations offered by the BC Ministry of Education (BC Provincial Examinations) that are required for graduation. For admission decisions, BC Provincial Examination results will be used if the examination result advantages the academic assessment. However, in cases where a significant discrepancy exists between the course grade and the examination grade, UBC reserves the right to use the examination grade only.

All BC/Yukon applicants applying directly from secondary school must present a Grade 11 language course. All BC/YT Grade 11 language courses meet this requirement, with the exception of a beginner's Language 11, which does not. All Indigenous Languages of Canada 11 courses, including those taken via Dual Credit at a BC/YT post-secondary institution, can satisfy this requirement. Applicants may present any International Baccalaureate (IB) Ab Initio Language in place of Language 11. Students who did not enter the BC/YT school system until Grade 10 or later may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement.

For BC/YT students: Applicants will be required to provide a completed Grade 12 Literacy Assessment when it is required for graduation before UBC can make an offer of admission.

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