Requirements

(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)
  • English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1
  • Social Studies 30-1 (Etudes Social)
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Am Sgn Lng & Deaf Culture 35
  • Am Sign L & C 35-9Y
  • American Sign Lang Arts 35
  • Arabic L & C 35-12Y
  • Blackfoot Lang & Cult 30
  • Chinese Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Chinese Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Chinese Lang & Culture 30-9Y
  • Chinese Language Arts 30
  • Cree L & C 30-12Y
  • Cree Lang & Culture 30
  • Cree Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Cree Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Cree Language & Culture 30-9Y
  • Francais 30-1
  • Francais 30-2
  • French 30-3Y
  • French 30-9Y
  • French 31
  • French Language Arts 30-1
  • German Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • German Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • German Lang & Culture 30-9Y
  • German Language Arts 30
  • German Language Arts 35
  • Greek 35
  • Hebrew 35
  • Hebrew Language Arts 35
  • Hungarian 35
  • Italian Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Italian Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Japanese 30
  • Japanese Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Japanese Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Japanese Lang & Culture 30-9Y
  • Korean Lang & Culture 35
  • Korean Lang & Culture 35-3Y
  • Latin 30
  • Polish 35
  • Polish Lang & Culture 35 - 12Y
  • Polish Lang & Culture 35 - 3Y
  • Polish Language & Arts 35
  • Portugese 35
  • Punjabi Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Punjabi Lang & Culture 30-9Y
  • Punjabi Lang & Culture 35
  • Russian 35
  • Sikh and Punjabi 35
  • Spanish Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Spanish Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Spanish Lang & Culture 30-9Y
  • Spanish Language Arts 30
  • Swedish 35
  • Ukranian Lang Arts 30
  • Ukranian Lang & Culture 30-3Y
  • Ukranian Lang & Culture 30-6Y
  • Ukranian Lang & Culture 30-9Y
     
  • Adv Acting/Touring Theatre 35
  • Adv Tech-Print/Draw/Sculp(5Cr)
  • Applied Graphic Arts 35
  • Art 30
  • Art 31
  • Ballet 35
  • Band 35
  • Band Music 35
  • Choir 35
  • Choral Music 30
  • CommunicationTech Adv(CTS-5Cr)
  • Contemporary Dance 35
  • Dance 35
  • Dance Composition 35
  • Directing 35
  • Drama 30
  • Drawing(Adv Techn) 35(CTS-5Cr)
  • Film Studies 35
  • General Music 30
  • Instrumental Jazz 35
  • Instrumental Music 30
  • Jazz Dance 35
  • Music 35
  • Musical Theatre 35
  • Painting (Adv Techn) 35
  • Performing Arts 35A
  • Portfolio Art 35
  • Pottery/Ceramics(Adv Techn) 35
  • Sculpting (Adv Techn) 35
  • Shooting the Screenplay 35
  • Tap Dance 35
  • Technical Theatre 35
  • Technical Theatre EPS 35
  • Theatre Arts 35
  • Vocal Jazz 35
     

Group C (Sciences)

Group D (Optional Subjects)

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Computer Science (CSE) Advanced Level, Career and Technology Studies (CTS) (5 credits)

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+
89 3.95  
88 3.90  
87 3.85  
86 3.80  
85 3.75  
84 3.70 A-
83 3.63  
82 3.56  
81 3.50  
80 3.43  
79 3.37  
78 3.30 B+
77 3.23  
76 3.15  
75 3.08  
74 3.00 B
73 2.93  
72 2.85  
71 2.78  
70 2.70 B-
69 2.60  
68 2.50  
67 2.40  
66 2.30 C+
65 2.23  
64 2.15  
63 2.08  
62 2.00 C
61 1.93  
60 1.85  
59 1.78  
58 1.70 C-
57 1.60  
56 1.50  
55 1.40  
54 1.30 D+
53 1.23  
52 1.15  
51 1.08  
50 1.00 D
0-49 0 F

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:

  1. Successfully pass Alberta Education Diploma Exams or other provincial education equivalents.
  2. Apply to the RDC Academic Upgrading program and successfully complete the RDC High School equivalent courses required for program admission.
  3. 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.

Residency Requirement

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.

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