Academic Requirements

Regular Academic Admission

The academic requirements for admission to Langara are:

  • Successful completion of a BC secondary program (Grade 12) or the equivalent, or
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the first day of the first semester of attendance, or
  • Successful completion of an A.B.E. (Adult Basic Education) or G.E.D. (General Educational Development) program.

Optional BC Grade 12 Provincial Exams

BC Grade 12 students who are following the Ministry of Education 2004 Graduation Program are not required to write optional provincial exams for admission or course prerequisite purposes at Langara. For those students who choose to write an optional exam, Langara will consider the higher of the school mark or the blended grade (combination of school and provincial exam marks). Langara will use only the final blended grade for any courses that have required provincial exams (e.g., English 12). Please note that students completing the Adult Graduation Program must write the provincial exam for English 12 if they wish to use the course for admission or prerequisite purposes.

Conditional Admission

BC secondary school students who are under 19 years of age who will not graduate from secondary school because they are missing only one course AND are registered in the missing course may apply for conditional admission.

To be considered for conditional admission, students must submit an Appeal for Admission and Readmission Form and ensure that the following information is received by Registrar and Enrolment Services:

  1. Students must have completed the online PSI Selections form and indicated that their transcript be sent electronically to Langara AND their PEN must be on file at the College. An official Ministry of Education paper transcript must be submitted if grades are not received electronically.
  2. Students must submit an interim transcript of the course that they are completing with a grade of at least 60%.

Students who have registered for Langara courses before their final secondary school grades arrive must complete the Appeal for Admission and Re-Admission form and submit the necessary documentation in order to maintain their course registration. For the September semester, this form and supporting documentation must be received in Registrar and Enrolment Services before July 31. Those students who have not graduated and have not been approved for conditional admission will be removed from any courses they have registered for.

Secondary/Post-Secondary Concurrent Studies

BC secondary students entering or currently in Grade 12 who have demonstrated academic excellence may apply for limited admission to university-transfer or open career courses while attending secondary school.

Enrolment will be restricted to three credits of study per semester. Admission will be approved on a semester by semester basis until students have met Grade 12 graduation requirements or have reached the age of 19 years.

Students wanting to apply under this category of admission must submit:

  1. An application for admission, co-signed by a parent or legal guardian;
  2. A letter of support from their secondary school principal or delegate; and
  3. An official copy of their final transcript of their Grade 11 year and a copy of any interim transcripts of their Grade 12 year.

Appeals for admission and re-admission are accepted at Registrar and Enrolment Services up to one week before the first day of classes.

Langara College is not able to guarantee registration in specific programs or courses even if students have been granted admission. Successful registration is also dependent upon having the required prerequisites for individual programs and/or courses.

Transfer Credit

Transfer guides and course planning sessions, designed to assist students with course selection in university-transfer programs, are available from the Counselling Department. Students transferring between institutions in British Columbia may refer to the BC Transfer Guide.

Transfer to Langara College

Upon request, 60% of Langara College citation, certificate, diploma, associate degree and bachelor degree program requirements may be transferred from another recognized post-secondary institution. These credits must have been completed within the first 60% of the program. Transfer credit is not included in the calculation of GPA.

To request transfer credit, students must submit a Transfer Credit Request form (also available from Registrar and Enrolment Services), an official transcript from the transferring institution, course outlines for courses completed outside BC, and the appropriate fees. The deadline for transfer credit required to meet prerequisite requirements is ten weeks before the semester begins; the deadline for transfer credit required to meet graduation requirements is the end of February each year. Students who need the credit only to meet prerequisite requirements may go to the appropriate department for a prerequisite override. Students with an acceptable post-secondary English or Communications course may apply at Registrar and Enrolment Services for a Langara English Test (LET) or a Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exemption. Official transcripts are required.

International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement Courses

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma or have passed an Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board may be eligible for college credit. Please refer to the BC Transfer Guide or contact Registrar and Enrolment Services for further information. Students must complete a Transfer Credit Request form and submit an official IB or AP transcript.

Transfer credit is not included in the calculation of the student's Langara College GPA.

Transfer To Other Institutions

Students planning to transfer from Langara College to another educational institution should consult Registrar and Enrolment Services of that institution to determine the transferability of courses taken at Langara College. The institution to which the student's official transcript is sent may evaluate courses, appraise letter grades, and compute grade point averages in accordance with its own policies and regulations. Students may also refer to the BC Transfer Guide. Students planning to transfer should discuss their plans with a college counsellor.

Prior Learning, Flexible Assessment and Recognition

Langara College values students and the learning they have acquired through non-formal education, work and life experiences. Prior Learning, Flexible Assessment and Recognition (PLFAR) is a way that such learning may be assessed for college credit. The College has implemented a PLFAR service for Langara College students. Opportunities for PLFAR are dependent upon the resources available to support the process, and therefore, may only be available from time to time. Students are advised to check with the relevant department to confirm whether flexible assessment is available within the department. Students registered in PLFAR sections are charged half the regular tuition rate per credit.

Document Verification

All documents are routinely verified. Evidence of falsified documents will result in the denial of admission to Langara College. Information on falsified documents is shared with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Retention of Student Records

Langara College retains records of academic performance indefinitely. The College retains materials that support admission from one year after the first registration to five years after last activity on the student record, depending on the type of document. Before submitting irreplaceable material to support an application, check with Registrar and Enrolment Services.

Registrar and Enrolment Services will destroy all admissions material after one year if a student does not register into courses.

Protection of Student Privacy

Langara College respects and protects the privacy of students and prospective students by placing strict controls on the collection, use and disclosure of personal information within our systems in compliance with British Columbia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

For further information please contact Registrar and Enrolment Services.

Specific Program Requirements

Many Langara programs have specific admission requirements in addition to those listed above. Find specific admission requirements described in Programs & Courses.