College Preparation

Whatever your need we have an option for you! 

We understand the needs of adult learners. Juggling education, family life and work is not always an easy thing to do. That's why Portage College offers courses in a variety of ways, at all grade levels, so you can work on the specific courses you need. Intakes take place in fall, winter and spring. Call a student advisor to find out about funding options and how you can begin your studies. 

Delivery options include: 
• Full time 
• Part time 
• Online 
• Onsite Learning - tutorial support with experienced teachers.

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Admission Requirements

Educational:

  • Program Math Assessment
  • Canadian Adult Achievement Test C: omit Math and Mechanical Reasoning and Science
  • Course placement is dependent on Stanine of 4 in: Reading Comprehension and Language

Other:

  • High School Transcripts if applicable
  • Written Composition
  • Interview
  • Training Plan                                   

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Transferability
Portage College has transfer agreements in place with other colleges and universities which allows you to gain access to post-secondary learning opportunities. College Preparation qualifies you for programs at post secondary institutions, offers courses for credits towards a high school diploma and increases job opportunities.

Offered at these locations:
Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Lac La Biche, Saddle Lake and St. Paul.

College Preparation and UCEP

  • BIOLOGY 20

    Course ID: BIOL020

    Name: BIOLOGY 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    This course will deal with the biosphere, cellular matter and energy flows, matter and energy exchange in the ecosystems, and matter and energy exchange by the human organism. Students investigate the tremendous impact of science and technology on society and, at the same time, become aware of the roles and limitations of biology, science in general and of technology in problem solving in a societal context.

  • BIOLOGY 30

    Course ID: BIOL030

    Name: BIOLOGY 30

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students obtain an understanding of systems of change in human organisms, reproduction and development, cells, chromosomes and DNA, as well as change in population and communities. The impact and limitations of science and technology on society is also an integral part of this course.

  • CAREER AND LIFE MANAGEMENT 20

    Course ID: CALM020

    Name: CAREER AND LIFE MANAGEMENT 20

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course enables students to make well-informed, considered decisions and choices in all aspects of their lives and to develop behaviors and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of self and others, now and in the future.

  • CHEMISTRY 20

    Course ID: CHEM020

    Name: CHEMISTRY 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major scientific concepts developed in this course focus on acids, bases, gases, quantitative relationships in chemical changes, chemical bonding, and organic chemistry. In addition, Chemistry 20 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society.

  • CHEMISTRY 30

    Course ID: CHEM030

    Name: CHEMISTRY 30

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major scientific concepts developed in this course examine thermochemical changes and electrochemical changes in acids and bases. Chemistry 30 also explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society.

  • GRAPHIC TOOLS

    Course ID: COM1035

    Name: GRAPHIC TOOLS

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students learn the basic commands and functions of computer graphics software, including bitmapped graphics and vector graphics. (The course may utilize software such as Adobe Illustrator, Paint, CorelDraw Graphics Suite or Adobe Elements). Students also develop basic skills in manipulating existing graphics, as well as in producing their own graphics.

  • JOB PREPARATION

    Course ID: CTR1010

    Name: JOB PREPARATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop successful employment search skills and a personal employment search portfolio.

  • CLASS 7 LEARNER PREPARATION

    Course ID: DTR010

    Name: CLASS 7 LEARNER PREPARATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    This course is designed to give students background information to prepare them to write their learner’s permit exam. Learner must successfully pass Class 7 exam before taking training to learn to drive a car. A learner would take DTR010 or DTR 020, but not both.

  • DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Course ID: DIAW101

    Name: DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Hours: 3

    Credits: 0

    This introductory course is designed to allow the learner to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity within our culture. A unique combination of video and animation sets the path of exploration through a fictitious company. The interactive learning environment is designed for learner engagement and participation.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-1

    Course ID: ELA10-1

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Note: This course is offered only at the Lac La Biche Campus until further notice. English Language Arts 10-1 is intended for students who demonstrate strength in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts. Emphasis in this course is on literature studies and the writing process. Students will read and analyze short stories, poetry, drama, novels and non-fiction.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-2

    Course ID: ELA10-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 10-2 is designed to concentrate on the development of language arts’ strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of text. The emphasis in this course is on verbal and non-verbal communication. It will focus on the examination of the five basic components of communication with an emphasis on developing reading speed/comprehension and writing accuracy/fluency. Students study short stories, essays, poems, novels and plays.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-1

    Course ID: ELA20-1

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English Language Arts 10-1and 20-1 are replacements for English 10 and 20 and reflect similar standards. English Language Arts 10-1 is intended for students who demonstrate strength in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts. Emphasis in these courses is on literature studies. These courses prepare students for English Language Arts 30-1, which is intended for students who wish to enrol in degree programs at post-secondary institutions following graduation.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-2

    Course ID: ELA20-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English Language Arts 20-2 is designed to concentrate on the development of language arts’ strategies and skills to strengthen student use of language and understanding of text. The emphasis in this course is on verbal and non-verbal communication skills. This course augments a learner’s competence in the five basic areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an emphasis on understanding and producing writing in common genres such as essays, summaries, and business letters. Students will edit and revise writing, study short stories, drama, poetry, non-fiction, novels, film and media. This course prepares students for the English Language Arts 30-2 course which is intended for students who wish to enroll in a diploma or certificate program at a post-secondary institution or who wish to enter the labour force following graduation.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1

    Course ID: ELA30-1

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 30-1 is a five-credit course designed for students who wish to master the composition skills necessary for an analytical approach to literature (as emphasized in college/university programs). It examines the traditional literary genres and also explores visual media. This course challenges students to deal with abstract concepts with sophistication. Students analyze short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, the novel, film and media.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-2

    Course ID: ELA30-2

    Name: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    English 30-2 is a five credit course with a functional orientation emphasizing clear skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Students undertake communication activities as they study short stories, non-fiction, poetry, modern and Shakespearean plays, films, and novels. This course helps prepare students for further training in college diploma programs or for situations they may encounter in the world of work. Students will study the novel, short stories, poetry and drama, and learn to represent ideas visually.

  • GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Course ID: GPSYCH020

    Name: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    General Psychology 20 provides a general background in psychology including the history of psychology, the principles of learning and thinking, along with various emotional problems and behavioural disorders.

  • KEYBOARDING 1

    Course ID: INF1020

    Name: KEYBOARDING 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Mastery Level 1. Students develop accurate touch keystroking to text and data (alphanumeric keyboarding competence reaching 20+ words per minute and numeric keyboarding competence reaching 80+ keystrokes per minute) appropriate for personal use and the application of efficient workstation procedures.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY PRACTICES

    Course ID: HCS3010

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY PRACTICES

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    HCS3010

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY SYSTEMS

    Course ID: HCS3000

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY SYSTEMS

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    HCS3000

  • WORD PROCESSING 1

    Course ID: INF1030

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop skills using basic commands and functions in word processing software, including document editing, formatting and printing.

  • DATABASE 1

    Course ID: INF1050

    Name: DATABASE 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students are introduced to the basic commands and functions of database software, and demonstrate how this software can be used as a personal tool in data and information management.

  • SPREADSHEET 1

    Course ID: INF1060

    Name: SPREADSHEET 1

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students have an opportunity to use basic functions and commands in spreadsheet software for general data manipulation and personal record keeping.

  • DIGITAL PRESENTATION

    Course ID: INF1070

    Name: DIGITAL PRESENTATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    This course allows the students to use hypermedia (presentation) tools. Students develop basic skills with tools used for computerized presentations involving text, data, graphics, sound and animation. Students may use Adobe Illustrator software and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • KEYBOARDING

    Course ID: INF2020

    Name: KEYBOARDING

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop accurate touch keystroking of text and data (alphanumeric keyboarding competence reaching 30+ words per minute and numeric keyboarding competence reaching 100+ keystrokes per minute) appropriate for personal use and the application of efficient workstation procedures.

  • WORD PROCESSING 2

    Course ID: INF2050

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 2

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students expand their skills with word processing software commands and functions to produce mailable reports, correspondence (including letters and memos) and tables from rough draft copy.

  • DATABASE 2

    Course ID: INF2070

    Name: DATABASE 2

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students expand their skills using database software as a tool for data and information management.

  • SPREADSHEET 2

    Course ID: INF2080

    Name: SPREADSHEET 2

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students have an opportunity to build advanced worksheets in spreadsheet software for data manipulation and personal record keeping. Students learn “how to” use spreadsheets as in applications such as Biology or Business.

  • CORRESPONDENCE

    Course ID: INF2090

    Name: CORRESPONDENCE

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students enhance their personal use keyboarding competencies by increasing the rate of accurate touch keystroking of the alphabetic, numeric and selected punctuation keys by creating mailable documents.

  • REPORTS

    Course ID: INF2100

    Name: REPORTS

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students expand their rate of production as they prepare MLA and APA reports and manuscripts.

  • WORD PROCESSING 3

    Course ID: INF3060

    Name: WORD PROCESSING 3

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    The students use Microsoft Word as a tool to develop business letters, memos, letters of application, resumes, memorandums, business cards, business forms, technical charts and tables. This application-oriented learning approach has the students working towards “finished products” that they would encounter frequently in the business world.

  • PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE INTEGRATION

    Course ID: INF3095

    Name: PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE INTEGRATION

    Hours: 25

    Credits: 1

    Students develop document production skills requiring the integration of data, text and graphics. Advance use of integrating software packages is also covered.

  • MATH 10C

    Course ID: MATH10C

    Name: MATH 10C

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Math 10C is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills. It prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, become mathematically literate, and make informed decisions as contributors to society. The goal of Math 10C is to provide a starting point to develop the attitudes, knowledge, skills and understandings needed for specific post-secondary programs or entry into the workforce. It prepares students for either the Math-1 or the Math-2 course sequence beginning at the grade 11 level. The topics included are measurement and trigonometry, polynomial factoring and operations, linear relations and functions, and systems of linear relations.

  • MATH 10-3

    Course ID: MATH10-3

    Name: MATH 10-3

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 10-3 is a course which provides students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, trigonometry and finance. Math 10-3 prepares students to take Math 20-3.

  • MATH 20-1

    Course ID: MATH20-1

    Name: MATH 20-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 20-1 is a course which has been developed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills recognized for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus. Topics include algebra and numbers; measurement; relations and functions; trigonometry; permutations and combinations; and binomial theorem. It is a recommended course if a student wants to enter a post-secondary program such as engineering, mathematics, sciences and some business studies, or other programs that require advanced math skills.

  • MATH 20-2

    Course ID: MATH20-2

    Name: MATH 20-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The Mathematics 20-2 is a course which is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking to provide student with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of calculus. Topics include: measurement, geometry, number and logical reasoning, statistics, relations and functions, and a mathematical research project.

  • MATH 20-3

    Course ID: MATH20-3

    Name: MATH 20-3

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 20-3 is a course which is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include measurement, geometry, numbers, algebra, and statistics.

  • MATH 30-1

    Course ID: MATH30-1

    Name: MATH 30-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 30-1 is a course which provides the students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus. Topics include trigonometry; relations and functions; and permutations, combinations and binomial theorem.

  • MATH 30-2

    Course ID: MATH30-2

    Name: MATH 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 30-2 is a course which emphasizes the needs of students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics and make informed decisions as a contributor to society.

  • MATH 30-3

    Course ID: MATH30-3

    Name: MATH 30-3

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Mathematics 30-3 is a course which is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the workforce. Topics include measurement, geometry, linear functions, finance, and statistic.

  • MATHEMATICS PREPARATION 10

    Course ID: MAT1041

    Name: MATHEMATICS PREPARATION 10

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Math 10 Preparation is designed for students who wish to enroll in Applied or Pure Mathematics 10, but are not sufficiently prepared for these courses. Topics include exploration of numbers, number connections, patterns, polynomials, and shape and space. Technology is an integral part of Mathematics Preparation 10. Prerequisite - Math 003 with a 60% or consent of the department.

  • PHYSICS 20

    Course ID: PHYS020

    Name: PHYSICS 20

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The Physics 20 program emphasizes the science themes: Change and Systems through a study of kinematics and dynamics; Energy and Equilibrium by examining uniform circular motion and mechanical energy, work and power; and Energy and Matter by investigating simple harmonic motion and mechanical waves. Physics 20 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society. Recommend that students have successfully completed Science 10 and Math 10A.

  • PHYSICS 30

    Course ID: PHYS030

    Name: PHYSICS 30

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major science concepts developed in this course deal with conservation laws, electric forces and fields, magnetic forces and fields, nature of the atom, and waves and particles. In addition, Physics 30 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society. Recommend that students have successfully completed Physics 20.

  • PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Course ID: PPSYCH020

    Name: PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY 20

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    Personal Psychology 20 gives students an understanding of the factors that contribute to personality and behavior, both their own and that of others. The nature of intelligence and perception and the influence of heredity and environment on the individual are also discussed.

  • SCIENCE 10

    Course ID: SCIE010

    Name: SCIENCE 10

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    The major science concepts developed in this course deal with matter and energy in chemical change, and in technological living, and global systems. In addition, Science 10 explores the nature of science itself and develops the relationships between science, technology, and society

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 10-2

    Course ID: SOCS10-2

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 10-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Topic A examines the development of Canada as a nation and its role in the world community. There is an examination of some of the forces that have shaped and continue to shape Canada, and the factors that give Canadians their "unique" identity. Topic B examines the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the Canadian political process and in Canadian society.

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 20-2

    Course ID: SOCS20-2

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 20-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Topic A examines three historical themes in European society: the shift from a local outlook to a more national outlook; the shift from a rural/agrarian way of life to an urban/industrial way of life; and the shift from a hierarchical society to a more equitable society. There is an examination of the impact that new ideas and changes have had and continue to have on society. Topic B examines how global imbalances, environmental factors and differing perspectives influence quality of life in an interdependent global community.

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 30-1

    Course ID: SOCS30-1

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 30-1

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

  • SOCIAL STUDIES 30-2

    Course ID: SOCS30-2

    Name: SOCIAL STUDIES 30-2

    Hours: 125

    Credits: 5

    Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism. An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

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