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 our eCampusAlberta page for more information or to register.

  • Foundations for LearningOnline

    NorQuest College has partnered with community adult learning centres to offer college preparatory programming in Albertan communities. The program is focused on building laddering opportunities that allow rural learners to obtain college credits and transfer into post- secondary programming.

    We will assess your skills and prior learning so that you begin at the level that is right for you. Qualified staff will help you design an individual learning plan to meet your specific needs and ensure that you understand your educational path.

    Students are led through learning materials by qualified instructors. Learning resources are available online at any time. Tutorial support is available to students at their local community adult learning centre.

    Please note: These courses are delivered via eCampusAlberta. Each course is $150 plus fees and books.

    To register, select the courses you would like to take, then visit www.eCampusAlberta.com/norquest.

  • 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, digital technologies, and continuous learning, as they apply to your career path.

    Students enter Pathways Preparation (Term 1) for four months of career and personal portfolio building to prepare for their individual “pathway.”

    In Term 2, pathways consist of one of the six choices outlined in the chart (see Program Details). All but the Community Programming pathway are offered through NorQuest College.

     

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

    Prep for Practical Nurse is a 16-week program designed to prepare you for NorQuest’s Practical Nurse. Students are required to take two of the following three prerequisites required for the Practical Nurse program and two specific career and technology studies courses (Anatomy and Physiology I (ANPH1001) and Anatomy and Physiology II (ANPH1002)).

  • 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 an adult learning post-secondary environment. The curriculum and projects are high interest and fast-paced.

    Starts every 8 weeks between September and May.

  • Aboriginal Studies 20
    Study Aboriginal people from a Canadian and Alberta perspective. Expand your knowledge of policies, legislation, conflict, and cultural change. The four themes covered are “The Métis: Conflict and Cultural Change,” “Treaties and Cultural Change,” “Legislation, Policies, and Cultural Change,” and “Schooling and Cultural Change.” The course will follow the Alberta Education program of studies.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • English Preparation with an Aboriginal Focus FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to improve their literacy skills in order to advance their education, employability skills, and career potential. Reading comprehension, writing skills, and basic interpretation skills are developed so that students are better prepared to transition into high school-level humanities courses.  The course materials will include Aboriginal perspectives. Participants will study works by Aboriginal authors and engage in discussions that are respectful and reflective of an Aboriginal perspective. Successful completion of this course allows progression to English Preparations or Humanities Prep.
  • English Reading Essentials: 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 Writing Essentials
    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.
  • ESL Intermediate Listening and Speaking Foundations
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format will help English language learners improve their listening and speaking skills. In this class, the students will gain confidence and competency in listening and speaking through the use of high-interest content. Intermediate-level grammar vocabulary and pronunciation strategies will be taught.
  • ESL Intermediate Reading and Writing Foundations
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format will help English language learners improve their reading and writing skills. In this class, the students will gain confidence and competency in reading and writing through the use of high-interest content. Intermediate-level grammar points and vocabulary will be taught.
  • Essential Mathematics FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to study mathematics concepts related to whole numbers. Topics include whole number addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and place value. Successful completion of this course allows students to progress to Pre-Algebra.
  • Essential Skills Foundations
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students functioning at GE 5–7 (CLB 4 and 5) to improve their essential skills for future upgrading and learning, the workplace, and the community.  Working with soft and specific essential skills, as defined by Human Resources Skills Development Canada, the course covers reading, document use, numeracy, writing, and computer use.
  • GED Preparation FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to learn strategies to prepare for writing the GED exam. Students focus on developing and improving their writing, reading, science, social studies, and math skills. Students also practise various GED assessment tests to help them feel more comfortable in a timed testing environment.
  • High School Math Prep FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to study the basic algebra skills required for high school mathematics courses. Topics include number systems, rational numbers, algebraic expressions and equations, problem solving, exponent laws, geometry and measurement. Successful completion of this course allows students to progress to Math 10C.
  • Humanities PrepOnline
    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 Preparation FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to improve their literacy skills in order to advance their education, employability skills, and career potential. Reading comprehension, writing skills, and basic interpretation skills are developed so that students are better prepared to transition into high school level humanities courses. Successful completion of this course allows progression to English 10.
  • Math 30 Prep - Fast TrackPart-time (PT)
  • Mathematics 31Online
    Study calculus and prepare for engineering or science-related programs at university or technical institutes. Work with functions, secants, tangents, derivatives, limits, curve sketching, anti-derivatives, areas, and integrals.
  • 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-Algebra FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to develop the mathematics skills they need for algebra-based courses. Topics include integers, signed fractions and decimals, ratios, proportions, and measurement. This course prepares students for further math studies in Apprenticeship , GED, and High School Math Preparation.
  • 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.
  • Prep for Practical Nurse Math FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format assists students to prepare for entry into health-related diploma programs. Students focus on developing the math skills they need to be successful in the PN program and the health-care workplace.  Successful completion of the course gives students the mathematics prerequisite needed for entry into the Practical Nurse Diploma program at NorQuest College.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Trades Math and Science Preparation FoundationsOnline
    Delivered in partnership with community centres, this flexible learning format allows students to focus on developing the math and science skills they need to pass the apprenticeship exam. Students will also practise simulated trade exams to help them feel more comfortable in a timed testing environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.