Academic Upgrading

NorQuest College is a recognized leader in academic upgrading. We have provided upgrading and foundational training in Edmonton for nearly 40 years, and have prepared thousands of students to progress to further education or pursue more rewarding livelihoods. Whether it's improving high school marks to gain acceptance to the post-secondary program of your choice at NorQuest or another institution, supporting your return to academics to pursue a new career, or improving your literacy and foundational skills for work and life, NorQuest can get you where you need to go in our friendly, mature, and student-oriented environment.

NorQuest is an accredited high school as well as a comprehensive community institution, offering Alberta Education high school credit courses and equivalency courses. Successful completion will allow you to move forward to pursue your goals.

NorQuest's highly qualified and experienced staff will support you in achieving your specific goals by designing an individual learning plan to meet your particular needs as quickly as possible, ensuring that you understand your learning path, and providing student services and supports along the way if you require them.

  • Academic Upgrading (9-12)Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Hybrid, Online

    NorQuest College offers high school courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum and high school equivalency courses accepted by Alberta and Canadian universities and colleges. These courses prepare you to continue on to post-secondary studies at NorQuest or another college, technical institute or university and increase your job opportunities. Each student receives a skills and prior learning assessment and an individual learning plan to reach your specific goals.

    Academic Upgrading courses are also available through eCampus Alberta

    eCampus courses are available online and have multiple start dates. Visit the eCampusAlberta website for more information or to register.

  • Foundations for LearningOnline

    NorQuest College's Foundations for Learning program is designed for learners in rural areas to take courses in foundational level math, science, English, and English language proficiency in their home communities with local tutor support.

    • Courses are 12 weeks in length (Academic Upgrading courses have the option to purchase a 4-week extension), and are delivered using our online learning system.
    • Each course has 45 hours of instruction and an instructor will facilitate the courses in real time, live either on-site or off-site through the online learning system, web conferencing and video conferencing
    • Instructors will also have “virtual hours” when students can schedule one-on-one appointments.
    • 30 hours of on-site tutorial services will be available at the local Community Adult Learning Council to provide students with academic support in their home communities. Online tutorial support will also be available to students through NorQuest College.
    • Attendance is not recorded.

    This program will help learners gain skills in math, science, English, and English language proficiency, and provide opportunities for learners to continue on to post-secondary programs.

    Courses include:

    Beginning in November:

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    **Note: This course will be offered for 12 weeks as an evening delivery through web conferencing. Students will be required to complete an online placement test through their local Community Adult Learning Council in order to register.

    The program will be delivered in partnership with local Community Adult Learning Councils (CALCs). Together, we will help deliver more academic opportunities for learners in rural areas.

  • Literacy and Essential Skills PathwaysFull-time (FT), Part-time (PT)

    This program prepares foundational learners to move into employment training programs, further upgrading or work experience-essential skills certification. Tailored to your career goals, current skill sets, and progress, the Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways program focuses on individual learning plans. You will explore career possibilities and work on improving your essential skills in reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, digital technologies, and continuous learning, as they apply to your career path.

     

  • Prep for Practical NurseFull-time (FT), Online

    Prepare to enter NorQuest College's Practical Nurse diploma program and obtain 2 of the 3 prerequisites for entry in just 4 months.

  • Youth In TransitionFull-time (FT)

    This full-time program focuses on increasing academic and personal communication skills for ESL (English as a second language) youth, ages 17 to 25, who wish to transition into further education. The curriculum and projects are high interest and fast-paced.

    Starts every 8 weeks between September and April.

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
    Study contemporary Native history and the ways in which Native society takes part in and is influenced by contemporary Canadian and world politics and commerce. Explore the development of pre-contact First Nation societies and Native self-government. Learn about world colonization and its effects on the world's Indigenous peoples.
  • Academic ScienceOnline
    Strengthen your knowledge of the core areas in science. Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. Learn key concepts in biology and chemistry.
  • Academic Skills 6
    Improve your language development through projects, presentations, and discussions. Gain confidence in technology through the use of Microsoft Office applications and Internet research.
  • Anatomy and Physiology IFull-time (FT), Distance, Open Studies, Online
    Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide support and movement, coordination, and regulation. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • Anatomy and Physiology IIFull-time (FT), Distance, Open Studies, Online
    Study the organization of the human body and the structures and functions of the body systems that provide transport and protection; absorption, diffusion, and excretion; and reproduction. Learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Terminology used by health professionals and theory and principles related to microbiology will be introduced. In the Practical Nurse program, a final mark of C- is required to progress to PATH 1000.
  • Biology 20Online
    The major science themes developed in this course are diversity, energy, equilibrium, matter and systems. The major concepts allow connections to be drawn among the seven units of the course.
  • Biology 30
    Study cell division, molecular biology, genetics, population and community dynamics, reproduction and development, and the nervous and endocrine systems. Examine the effects of technology on humans. Prepare to write the provincial diploma exam.
  • Biology 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • Bridge R - Reading
    Increase your reading speed and comprehension by reading and discussing short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. Improve your reading skills in preparation for future English courses.
  • Bridge W - Writing
    Increase your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure. Write sentences and paragraphs. Improve your writing skills in preparation for future English Language Arts courses.
  • Chemistry 030Online
    Study thermochemical changes, electrochemical changes, organic chemistry, acids, bases, and equilibrium
  • Chemistry 20Online
    The major science themes developed in this course are matter, change, systems, and diversity. The major concepts allow connections to be drawn among the four units of the course.
  • Chemistry 30
    Study thermochemical changes, electrochemical changes, organic chemistry, acids, bases, and equilibrium. Prepare to write the provincial diploma exam.
  • Chemistry 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • Communications 007
    Improve your personal communication skills for academic life, family life, and the workplace. Learn the theory behind effective communication for a wide range of situations, and put the theory into practice in this participation-based class.
  • Computer StudiesOnline
    Develop basic computer and keyboarding skills. Learn the fundamentals of Windows, Word, Excel, the Internet, and email. Create and format Word documents and work with spreadsheets in Excel. Search the Internet for information, and use email to send and receive messages.
  • Computer Writing
    Enhance your writing skills by organizing and developing your thoughts and ideas using the computer. Learn keyboarding, basic word processing, and editing techniques to assist you in the writing process.  Learn the writing process, from coming up with and organizing ideas, writing paragraphs and essays to the final revision and editing stage of writing.
  • English 030-1Online
    Build on the knowledge you gained in English 10-1 and English 20-1 by studying short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, a novel, film, and media. Write essays analyzing the universal themes used in literature. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations.
  • English 030-2Online
    Write paragraphs, essays, business letters, and speeches. Study a novel, short stories, poetry, drama, media, and a feature film. Present your ideas visually. Make class presentations.
  • English 089
    Prepare to write college-level assignments by reviewing and practising paragraph and essay development. Practise writing effective compositions. Improve your understanding of sentence construction, punctuation, and basic mechanics. Prerequisite: Placement test or a permission letter from MacEwan College
  • English 30-1 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • English Bridge: Aboriginal Perspectives
    Improve your understanding of parts of speech, grammar, and writing. Enhance your reading comprehension and speed while exploring strategies and improving your ability to retain information. Focus on literature by Aboriginal authors.
  • English Language Arts 10-1Online
    Analyze short stories, poetry, drama, a novel, non-fiction, and a feature film. Use a step-by-step writing process to write personal and literary journals, paragraphs, essays, poetry, and scripts. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations. Learn editing and revising skills. Respond to literature using art, collages, music, or compositions. Improve your reading and writing skills in preparation for English 20-1.
  • English Language Arts 10-2Online
    Write paragraphs, personal essays, and business letters. Learn how to edit and revise your writing. Read a variety of literary forms. Practise your communication skills and critical thinking skills. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations. Improve your reading and writing skills in preparation for English 20-2.
  • English Language Arts 20-1Online
    Build the foundations of literary theory, style appreciation, and analytical skills that are needed for English 30-1. Analyze short stories, drama, poetry, non-fiction, a novel, a feature film, and media. Create essays and reports. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations.
  • English Language Arts 20-2Online
    Continue studying the types of literature including short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. Learn to write expository, persuasive, and personal paragraphs and essays. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations. Study literature as well as cartoons, illustrations, and a feature film. Evaluate media, including advertising and propaganda. Develop communications skills. Improve your reading and writing skills in preparation for English 30-2.
  • English Language Arts 30-1
    Build on the knowledge you gained in English 10-1 and English 20-1 by studying short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, a novel, film, and media. Write essays analyzing the universal themes expressed in literature. Represent ideas visually or through class presentations. Fine-tune the skills you need to write the provincial diploma exam.
  • English Language Arts 30-2
    Write paragraphs, essays, business letters, and speeches. Study a novel, short stories, poetry, drama, and a feature film. Evaluate TV news, advertisements, and cartoons. Represent your ideas visually or through class presentations. Learn the skills needed to pass the provincial diploma examination.
  • English Language Arts with an Aboriginal Focus
    This course assists Aboriginal learners starting from a grade equivalent of grades 8 to 10 in reading and writing to prepare to take English Language Arts courses at the high school level. Course materials and resources will be chosen to reflect Aboriginal realities, culture, and worldviews, with the academic focus based on Alberta Education curricular outcomes in English Language Arts. Students successfully completing this course will be prepared to enter English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2.
  • English Preparation
    Improve your reading and writing skills as you prepare for English Language Arts 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, Reading 089 or English 089. Increase your word attack skills, reading speed, and research and analytical skills. Enhance your sentence, paragraph, and essay-writing skills using the five-step writing process. Improve your spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. Learn through individual, group, teacher-directed, and computer-assisted instruction.
  • Essential Math
    This is a whole numbers course. Concepts covered include whole number addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and place value.
  • Essential MathOnline
    Become familiar with basic math skills. Review operations with whole numbers. Study basic fractions, decimals, word problems, and math vocabulary.
  • GED Prep
    Brush up on writing, literature, science, social studies, and math. You will receive instruction in basic math and geometry, essay writing, and grammar and reading.
  • High School Prep Math
    Prepare for Mathematics 10C. Topics include number systems, exponent laws, solving linear equations, word problems, polynomials (operations), measurement, and a unit on shape and space.
  • High School Prep MathOnline
    Study the basic algebraic skills required for high school mathematics courses. Topics include number systems, rational numbers, algebraic expressions, patterns and equations, problem solving, exponential laws, measurement, shape and space, graphing, and geometry.
  • Humanities Prep 1Online
    Improve your reading and writing skill sets through discussions of a variety of topics in preparation for further academic studies or integrated training programs. Read a variety of texts. Learn the steps in the writing process.
  • Humanities Prep 2Online
    Improve your reading and writing skill sets through discussion of a variety of topics in preparation for further academic studies or integrated training programs. Read a variety of texts. Learn the steps in the writing process.
  • Information Processing 1Online
    Using Microsoft Office, develop the word processing, keyboarding, spreadsheet, and presentation skills suitable for personal and business use applications. Gain skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Introduction to Social Studies
    Increase your knowledge of Alberta’s history. Understand Canada’s geography and the authority of decision making. Participate in a global perspective of shared values and traditions. Gain insight and knowledge that invites critical, creative, and historical thinking.
  • Math 030-1Online
    The Mathematics -1 route is designed to prepare students for post-secondary programs that require advanced math skills or calculus. Topics include trigonometry, transformations, and exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and radical functions and equations, along with permutations, combinations, and the binomial theorem.
  • Math 030-2Online
    The Mathematics -2 route is designed to prepare students for diverse post-secondary programs in health, arts, business, and technologies. Topics include logical reasoning, probability, fundamental counting principle, and rational, trigonometric, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations.
  • Math 089
    Acquire the mathematical skills you need for college-level math courses. Study simple algebra and equations, measurement, and percents. Review whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio, percent, and proportions. Study measurement and simple algebra and equations. Prerequisite: Placement test or a letter from MacEwan College.
  • Math 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • Physics 030Online
    Master concepts related to momentum and impulse, electromagnetic radiation, and forces.
  • Physics 20Online
    The major science themes developed in this course are change, energy, equilibrium, and systems. The major concepts allow connections to be drawn among the four units of the course.
  • Physics 30
    Master concepts related to momentum and impulse, electromagnetic radiation, forces, and atomic physics. Prepare to write the provincial diploma exam.
  • Physics 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • Pre-AlgebraOnline
    Study the math skills required for algebra-based courses. Topics include integers, signed decimals, signed fractions, ratios, proportions, percent, and measurement. Prepare for the Apprenticeship Prep program or the High School Prep Math course.
  • Pre-Algebra 1 - 100
    Learn the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and decimals. Review whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  • Pre-Algebra 2
    Learn the basics of ratios and proportions, percents, measurement, and graphing to prepare for academic math. This course includes signed numbers, equations, ratio, percent, proportion, and measurement.
  • Prep for Practical Nurse Math
    This online math course is designed for learners planning to enter the Practical Nurse program. The course focuses on the math skills students need to be successful in the PN program and the health-care workplace.
  • Pre-Trades Math and Science
    Develop your practical math skills to the level required for Alberta apprenticeship. Learn the science skills you need to prepare for the technical instruction required in any trade. Prepare for the Trades Entrance Examinations levels 1-4.
  • Reading 089
    Increase your reading skills by practising skimming and scanning strategies, increasing your speed and comprehension, and developing effective inference and generalization techniques. Prerequisite: Placement test or a letter from MacEwan College
  • Reading Enhancement
    If you have difficulty recognizing words, this course is for you. Learn how to recognize and pronounce words so that you can become a better reader.
  • Reading Level 4
    Read fiction, non-fiction, and functional selections to build your vocabulary and comprehension strategies.
  • Reading Level 4B
    Read fiction, non-fiction, and functional selections to build your vocabulary and comprehension strategies.
  • Reading Level 5
    Read fiction, non-fiction, and short stories to build your vocabulary and comprehension strategies.
  • Reading Level 5B
    Read fiction, non-fiction, and short stories to build your vocabulary and comprehension strategies.
  • Reading Level 6
    Read fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and a novel to prepare you for entry into academic upgrading.
  • Science 10Online
    Develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge common to all sciences. Learn the key concepts of energy, matter, and change within the contexts of biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Social Studies 030-1Online
    Examine theories of politics and economics in democracy, socialism, capitalism, and fascism. Study European history since 1919 and the influence of Europe on the rest of the world. Research current affairs.
  • Social Studies 030-2Online
    Write essays providing specific examples that support generalizations and explain issues. Use news magazines to access information about current affairs.
  • Social Studies 20-1Online
    Explore multiple perspectives on the origins and influence of nationalism on regional, international, and global relations. Gain the necessary skills to progress to Social Studies 30-1
  • Social Studies 20-2Online
    Explore multiple perspectives on the origins and influence of nationalism on regional, international, and global relations. Gain the necessary skills to progress to Social Studies 30-2.
  • Social Studies 30-1
    Examine theories of politics and economics in democracy, socialism, capitalism, and fascism. Study European history since 1919 and the influence of Europe on the rest of the world. Research current affairs. Prepare to write the provincial diploma examination.
  • Social Studies 30-2
    Write essays providing specific examples that support generalizations and explain issues. Use news magazines to access information about current affairs. Prepare to write the provincial diploma examination.
  • Strategic ReadingOnline
    Improve your reading comprehension and speed. Learn strategies to improve your understanding of what you read and your ability to retain information.
  • Success Skills 4B
    Improve your oral and written communication skills for work, school, and home. Learn to use Microsoft Word and email.
  • Success Skills 5
    Improve your language development through project work, technology, and extension activities.
  • Success Skills 5B
    Improve your language development through project work, technology, and extension activities.
  • Writing Level 4
    Write notes, letters, journals, and short paragraphs while learning how to punctuate and use grammar correctly.
  • Writing Level 4B
    Write notes, letters, journals, and short paragraphs while learning how to punctuate and use grammar correctly.
  • Writing Level 5
    Work on sentence and paragraph structure to write narrative, descriptive, and informative paragraphs.
  • Writing Level 5B
    Work on sentence and paragraph structure to write narrative, descriptive, and informative paragraphs.
  • Writing Level 6
    Write descriptive, comparison and contrast, persuasive, and/or informative paragraphs. Learn to respond to works of literature.