See Secondary School Prerequisite Equivalency Table

A prerequisite is a requirement that must be on your student file before you can register into some courses. A prerequisite may be a secondary or post-secondary course, a test, or departmental permission. For a complete listing of course prerequisites, please visit the course index and select the desired course. Unless otherwise noted, a minimum 'C-' or 'S' grade in the prerequisite course is required.

When you register, the system will search your file for required prerequisites. If it does not find the required prerequisite, you will not be able to register for the course. If you are currently registered into a Langara course that is the prerequisite for the course you want to register into, the system will use that course as the prerequisite. You will need to check your registrations after final grades are run for the current semester. If you have not met the minimum grade requirement, you will be dropped from your requested course.

If you have questions regarding prerequisites or would like to discuss what options are available to you, you may contact the following:

  • The relevant department. Emails and phone numbers can be found on the Departmental Contacts page.
  • The Counselling Department at 604-323-5221 or counselling@langara.ca.
  • The Helpline (during registration) at 604-323-5595.

Types of Prerequisites

COURSES, both secondary and post-secondary

Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, and Computer Science courses are valid for only three years.

Transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions must be requested at least 10 weeks before registration starts. You must apply for transfer credit; it is not automatically entered on your file. Download Transfer Credit Request Form.

BC Secondary school courses are entered into your file upon receipt of your official transcript.

Secondary school courses from outside of BC:

  • Graduates of Canadian institutions: You must provide Registrar and Enrolment Services with an official secondary school transcript if you want to use secondary school courses as prerequisites. Please see the Secondary School Prerequisite Equivalency Table for more information about prerequisites taken at VCC or in secondary schools outside of BC.
  • Graduates from outside Canada: You will need to consult with the relevant department regarding your secondary school courses. See the Departmental Contacts page.

DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION

If you believe you have the prerequisite for a course but do not have the prerequisite on your file, you may contact the department to request departmental permission to register.

In some instances, departments need to speak with the student regarding their educational background to determine eligibility for registration into the course.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

To meet prerequisite requirements for some courses, you may be required to write a placement or diagnostic test. Placement/Diagnostic Tests must be taken at least 7 days in advance of registration. See Diagnostic Tests for more information.

CHEMISTRY DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Please consult here for the test schedule. There is no pre-registration for the Chemistry Diagnostic Test.

LANGARA ENGLISH TEST (LET)

The Langara English Test (LET) is an alternative to the Language Proficiency Index (LPI).

Please consult here for the test schedule.

  1. You must write the test at least 7 days in advance of your registration time if you need the results to meet prerequisite requirements.
  2. Registration forms are available at the Registrar and Enrolment Services, Counselling Department, and the Continuing Studies Office.
  3. You must pre-register by appearing in person at the Continuing Studies Office, by phoning 604-323-5322, or by using the online registration system. You must already have a Langara ID number to register online. Instructions for registering online can be found here.
  4. You must include your Langara Identification Number on your LET application form if you wish to have your results posted automatically to your student file.
  5. You must present your Registration Receipt and photo I.D. before you may write the test.
  6. You may check the results on your file by logging into myLangara. Detailed instructions are available here.

The LPI and LET are treated as equivalents for prerequisite purposes. Whether you write the LPI or the LET or both placement tests, the most recent placement test score will be used for prerequisite purposes. See the LET/LPI equivalency table.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY INDEX (LPI) TEST

Test date and registration information can be obtained from the Counselling Department or at www.lpitest.ca.

  1. You must write the test at least 30 days in advance of your registration time if you need the results to meet prerequisite requirements.
  2. You must write your Langara Identification Number on the test form and must indicate that you want your test results sent to Langara.
  3. If you have not included your Langara Identification Number on the test form, you must provide Registrar and Enrolment Services with a copy of your results well in advance of your registration time. You must log into myLangara to confirm that your results have been received and your file updated.
  4. If you write the examination more than once, the most recent score counts, not the highest score.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE UPGRADING

If your marks on the LET or LPI are not high enough to allow you to take a first-semester English course or other course that requires the LET or LPI, you may upgrade your skills through one of the following courses:

  1. ENGL 1107 and 1108 are upgrading courses in grammar and composition for students of English as a Second Language. If you wish to take these courses, you must score a level 2 on the LET or LPI minimum 24 on essay.
  2. ENGL 1110 - upgrading course in grammar and essay writing for native speakers of English who have an LETN 02 or by permission of the department. If you have an LPI score of 22 (essay), please contact the English Department Chair at 604-323-5391 for appropriate placement.
  3. English Upgrading and Composition Writing through Continuing Studies at Langara (for both native and non-native speakers of English).

MATH-STATS DIAGNOSTIC TEST (MDT)

Please consult here for the test schedule.

  1. Students who do not have recent appropriate prerequisites for Mathematics and Statistics courses must write the Math-Stats Diagnostic Test (MDT).
  2. The Diagnostic Process will consider your mathematical background as well as your most recent relevant transcripts, your overall academic background and goals, and your results from a diagnostic test (MDT).
  3. You will meet with an advisor from the Math/Stats Department immediately after writing the test.
  4. You must bring your most recent relevant transcript(s) with you to the testing and advising session.
  5. Students from out-of-province or those who have been away from mathematics for three or more years must write the MDT to assess their level of preparedness.
  6. Information regarding registration for the Math-Stats Diagnostic Process can be obtained from the Langara Counselling Department, Registrar and Enrolment Services, the Information Kiosk, or the Continuing Studies Office. Preregistration at the Continuing Studies Office is required. The non-refundable and non-transferable registration fee is $45.00.
  7. Results of the MDT will be automatically transferred to your file if you have provided your Langara Identification Number on the MDT application form.
  8. Langara students may access results, using their Langara ID Number and PIN, by logging into myLangara, usually within two days after the test date.
  9. Please refer to the MDT registration form for more information or call the Mathematics/Statistics Information Line at 604-323-5583 or visit the Department's website.

PHYSICS DIAGNOSTIC TEST (PDT)

Please consult here for the test schedule.

There is no fee or pre-registration for the Physics Diagnostic Test. For further information, visit Physics Diagnostic Test.

IMPORTANT: The College reserves the right to cancel the registration in a course for a student who does not have the required prerequisite.

SECONDARY SCHOOL PREREQUISITE EQUIVALENCY TABLE

PREREQUISITEVCC-KING EDWARDBC/YUKONALBERTA/ NWT/ NUNAVUTSASKATCHEWANMANITOBA
ACCOUNTING 11 ACCOUNTING 062 & 072 ACCOUNTING 11 ACCOUNTING 20 OR 21 ACCOUNTING 20 OR 20A ACCOUNTING 200
APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 12   APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 12 *      
BIOLOGY 11 BIOLOGY 061 & 071 BIOLOGY 11 BIOLOGY 20 BIOLOGY 20 BIOLOGY 200 OR 30S OR 30G
BIOLOGY 12 BIOLOGY 083 & 093 BIOLOGY 12 * BIOLOGY 30 BIOLOGY 30 BIOLOGY 300 OR 40S OR 40G
CHEMISTRY 11 CHEMISTRY 061/071 CHEMISTRY 11      
CHEMISTRY 12 CHEMISTRY 0983 & 0993 CHEMISTRY 12 *      
COMPUTER SCIENCE 12 COMPUTER SCIENCE 083 & 093 COMPUTER SCIENCE 12 COMPUTER SCIENCE 30 OR 31 COMPUTER SCIENCE 30 OR 30A COMPUTER SCIENCE 300
ENGLISH 12 SEE VCC-KING EDWARD NOTE BELOW ENGLISH 12 * ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30-1
OR ENGLISH 30
ENGLISH 30A & 30B
OR
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 30A & 30B
ENGLISH 300 OR 301
ENGLISH 40S + 40G
ENGLISH 40S + 40S
ENGLISH LITERATURE 12 LITERATURE 083 & 093 ENGLISH
LITERATURE 12 *
     
FRENCH 11 FRENCH 061 & 071 FRENCH 11 FRENCH 20 OR 21 FRENCH 20 OR 20A FRENCH 200
FRENCH 12   FRENCH 12 * FRENCH 30 OR 31 FRENCH 30 OR 30A FRENCH 300
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 11 MATHEMATICS 061 & 071 MATHEMATICS 11
ALGEBRA 11
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 11
     
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 12 MATHEMATICS 083 & 093 MATHEMATICS 12 *
ALGEBRA 12 *
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 12 *
     
PHYSICS 11 PHYSICS 061 & 071 PHYSICS 11 PHYSICS 20 & 30 PHYSICS 20 & 30 PHYSICS 30S
PHYSICS 200
PHYSICS 12 PHYSICS 083 & 093 PHYSICS 12 *     PHYSICS 40 S
PHYSICS 300
SPANISH 11   SPANISH 11 SPANISH 20 OR 21 SPANISH 20 OR 20A SPANISH 200
SPANISH 12   SPANISH 12 * SPANISH 30 OR 31 SPANISH 30 OR 30A SPANISH 300

NOTE: VCC-KING EDWARD - ENGLISH EQUIVALENCY -

ENGLISH 081 & 091; CANADIAN VIEWPOINTS 081 & 091; ENGLISH 083 & 093, ENGLISH 099 & 098; ENGLISH 096; WRIT 085 & READ 086 & ORSK 087 & WRIT 095 & READ 096 &CNST 097; ORSK 082 & WRIT 085 & READ 086 & ORSK 092 & WRIT 095 & READ 096; ORSK 090 & WRIT 095 & READ 096

* Please note: in order to use provincially-examinable courses as prerequisites, the Provincial Examinations must be written.

Official International Baccalaureate and Advance Placement Transcripts must be submitted for equivalency evaluation.

 

PREREQUISITEONTARIOQUEBECNEW BRUNSWICKNOVA SCOTIAPRINCE EDWARD ISLANDNEWFOUNDLAND
ACCOUNTING 11            
APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 12            
BIOLOGY 11 BIOLOGY 11 (GENERAL OR ADVANCED) OR SBI3U OR SBI3C 35 - 314 BIOLOGY 111 OR 112 OR 113 BIOLOGY 11 (ACAD)
BIOLOGY 11 (ADV)
BIOLOGY 521A BIOLOGY 2201
BIOLOGY 12 OAC BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY 12 OR 13 or SBI4U
GENERAL BIOLOGY 535 - 534 BIOLOGY 120 BIOLOGY 12 (ACAD)
BIOLOGY 12 (ADV)
BIOLOGY 621A OR 631A BIOLOGY 3201 OR 4221
CHEMISTRY 11            
CHEMISTRY 12            
COMPUTER SCIENCE 12 OAC COMPUTER SCIENCE
OR ICS4M
         
ENGLISH 12 ENGLISH 13
OAC ENGLISH
ENGLISH 12 ADV. LEVEL
ENG3U OR ENG3C OR ENG4U OR ENG4C OR ETC3M OR ETS4U OR EWC4U OR ETS4C OR EWC4C
TWO ENGLISH COURSES NUMBERED 603-XXX (CEGEP) ENGLISH 121 OR 122
CANADIAN LITERATURE 122
ENGLISH 441 OR 541
CANADIAN LITERATURE 441
ENGLISH 12 (ACAD)
ENGLISH 611 OR 621 ENGLISH 3101 & 3201
ENGLISH 3101 & 3202
FRENCH 11  FSF3U OR FEF3U OR FIF2D   FRENCH 111, 112 OR 113 FRENCH 431 FRENCH 521 FRENCH 2100
FRENCH 12  FSF4U OR FEF4U OR FIF3U   FRENCH 121, 122 OR 123 FRENCH 441 FRENCH 621 FRENCH 3200
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 11            
PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICS 12            
PHYSICS 11 PHYSICS 11 ADVANCED LEVEL   PHYSICS 111 PHYSICS 11 (ADV)
PHYSICS 12 (ACAD)
PHYSICS 431 & 531
PHYSICS 521 PHYSICS 2204 & 3204
PHYSICS 12 PHYSICS 12 ADVANCED LEVEL
PHYSICS 13
OAC PHYSICS
PHYSICS 554-534
PHYSICS 554-554
PHYSICS 553-534
PHYSICS 112 & 121
PHYSICS 112 & 122
PHYSICS 441 & 541
PHYSICS 12 (ADV)
PHYSICS 621  
SPANISH 11  LWSCU OR LWECU          
SPANISH 12  LWSDU OR LWEDU          

Official International Baccalaureate and Advance Placement Transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar and Enrolment Services office for equivalency evaluation.