(This page is part of the official Academic Calendar)
Admission requirements for each college program can be found under Programs.
Alberta Grade 12 Course Groups
Admission requirements for specific programs will often refer to Alberta Grade 12 course groups. These groups are:
Group A (Humanities)
|Group B (Fine Arts)|
Group C (Sciences)
Group D (Optional Subjects)
Five credits at the 30, 33 or 35 level (Grade 12)
Note: May also include two three-credit Alberta grade 12 subjects (Excluding Special Projects 30) or five credits in Advanced Series Career and Technology (CTS) courses.
Note: Math 30 Applied, Social Studies 30-2, and FLA 30-2 are considered Group D subjects, as long as a higher level in the same subject is not also used for admission. For example, if Math 30-1 is used to satisfy the Group C requirement, Math 30 Applied can’t be used to satisfy a Group D requirement.
Alberta Education Courses Used For Admission and Prerequisite
RDC Academic Upgrading courses and upgrading courses from other colleges are equivalent to Alberta high school diploma courses for admission purposes.
|Alberta Education Course Name||RDC Course Name|
|Accounting 10/20||Accounting 075|
|Biology 10/20||Biology 075|
|Biology 30||Biology 095|
|Chemistry 10/20||Chemistry 075|
|Chemistry 30||Chemistry 095|
|Computing 20||Computing 085|
|ELA 10-1/ELA 20-2||English 075|
|ELA 30-1, ENGL 30 (old)||English 095|
|ELA 30-2, ENGL 33 (old)||English 090|
|Math 10-1, 10 Pure (old), 10-C||Math 075|
|Math 23 (old), Math 20 Applied||Math 075|
|Math 20-2||No equivalent|
|Math 20-1, Math 20 Pure, Math 20 (old)||Math 085|
|Math 30 Applied, Math 33||Math 085|
|Math 30-2||Math 092|
|Math 30-1, Math 30 Pure, Math 30 (old)||Math 096|
|Math 31||Math 097|
|Physics 10/20||Physics 075|
|Physics 30||Physics 095|
|Social Studies 13||No equivalent|
|Social Studies 23||No equivalent|
|Social Studies 33||Social Studies 090|
|Social Studies 30-2||No equivalent|
|Social Studies 30-1||Social Studies 095|
|Spanish 10/20||Spanish 101|
|Spanish 30||Spanish 102|
Academic Upgrading- Alberta Education Grade Comparison
Note: This grade comparison does not represent grade conversions made by RDC instructors when grades are assigned. It is a statement of competence equivalency between Academic Upgrading Program and Alberta Education courses and is used for admission purposes only.
|Alberta Education %||GPA||Letter Grade|
|100 - 90||4.00||A, A+|
Credentials from Other Provinces and Countries
If you are from another province or country, you must have courses comparable to those of Alberta applicants. Contact the Office of the Registrar for information on specific requirements.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for admission to credit programs.
Enrolment Quotas and Limits
Many RDC programs and courses have limited enrollment, and fill quickly due to a high number of applications.
Home School Applicant
RDC recognizes that students learn and acquire knowledge in a variety of settings. Nonetheless, this learning needs to be measured. Applicants must meet competence equivalency for the prerequisite courses required for admission to the specific program.
An applicant, who has completed a Home Education Program, may qualify for admission in three ways:
- Successfully pass Alberta Education Diploma Exams or other provincial education equivalents.
- Apply to the RDC Academic Upgrading program and successfully complete the RDC High School equivalent courses required for program admission.
- Apply to a RDC program and subsequently submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application; then apply for a Challenge Examination of RDC High School equivalent courses required for program admission.
In order to qualify for an RDC program credential, students must complete 50% of the credit requirements for the credential through enrollment in RDC courses. Please note that some RDC programs may have a different residency requirement.