BC Adult Basic Education 

The BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood)

Did you know that adults who did not graduate from secondary school as teenagers can graduate with the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood)? The Adult Dogwood is issued by the Government of British Columbia, and can be earned through the UUP department. Click here to go directly to the BC Ministry of Education web pages regarding the Adult Graduation program.‌

Who is eligible for the BC Adult Graduation diploma?

To be eligible for the Adult Dogwood, students must be 18 years or older.

What courses can be used towards the diploma?

Any course that is authorized by either the Ministry of Advanced Education or the Ministry of Education as a requirement for graduation may be used towards the Adult Dogwood.

How many courses are required?

To be eligible for the Adult Dogwood, a student must complete three courses after enrolling in an adult program. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) may be used to meet any of the requirements for the Adult Dogwood. 

What are the BC Adult Graduation Diploma requirements?

The following table shows the Adult Dogwood requirements:

British Columbia School System Qualifying Courses

College ABE Program Qualifying Courses

 

 

 

 

A Language Arts 12* course

4 credit course

or  

a Provincial Level      (ENGL 091) or higher English course

 

AND

   

A Mathematics 11 or 12* course

4 credit course

or

an Advanced Level (MATH 084 or 085), or higher Mathematics course

 

AND EITHER

   

OPTION 1

     

Three (3) Grade 12 ministry-authorized courses (4 credits each)

12 credits

 

three (3) additional courses at the Provincial Level or higher

 

OR

   

OPTION 2

     

Social Studies 11 (4 credits) and two (2) Grade 12 ministry-authorized courses (4 credits each)

12 credits

or

advanced Social Sciences and two Provincial Level or higher

TOTAL: 20 credits

   

TOTAL: 5 courses

 

Note: Courses higher than the provincial level used to meet the Adult Dogwood diploma requirements may or may not be accepted for university transfer. Students should check with the institution and program for which they are applying to find out about transferability of courses.

How to apply for the BC Adult Graduation Diploma

Apply for your BC Adult Graduation diploma by April 1. Fill out the form, attach your transcript showing your five completed courses, and take or mail it to UFV Office of the Registrar.  The graduation fee of $25 is waived for ABE/ABEUP students.   

For more specific details about the BC Adult Graduation diploma, contact the UUP Instructional Assistant on your campus.

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