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Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading

Program Code:AUC
Campus:Newmarket, Newnham, Scarborough, Vaughan, Yorkgate
Credential Awarded:Seneca College Certificate

Program Description

Academic and Pre-College

The Academic Upgrading Program is a tuition free program sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that prepares students to meet college entry requirements. As a student in Academic Upgrading, you’ll also benefit from a program orientation prior to starting classes and additional career counselling and instruction in academic advisement, career counseling and computer skills training.

ACE Certificate

Once you've completed four advanced level subjects, including English & Communications and an Advanced Level math course, you'll be eligible for the Seneca College Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate, which is accepted as equivalent to Grade 12, and is generally accepted by colleges across Ontario for admission to postsecondary college level programs. It is also accepted for entry into apprenticeship programs.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age or mature early school leavers. All applicants are tested and interviewed in order to determine program suitability and student entry-level.


Tuition is free.

Start Dates

The program is offered on a continuous or semestered intake basis depending on the program location. For more information, or to book an appointment for an entrance assessment or orientation, please call:

  • Vaughan
    1490 Major Mackenzie Drive West/Dufferin
    905-417-1781, ext 5833
  • Scarborough
    3660 Midland Avenue/McNicoll
    416-293-3722, ext 261
  • Newnham Campus
    1750 Finch Avenue East/Don Mills
    (416) 491-5050, ext. 26620
  • Newmarket Campus
    16655 Yonge Street, Unit 3/Mulock
    (905) 898-6199, ext. 228
    (905) 773-7141, ext. 228 (Toronto Line)
  • Yorkgate Campus
    1 Yorkgate Boulevard/Jane & Finch
    (416) 491-5050, ext. 44772

Special Funding

You may qualify for a Special Support Allowance to help you pay for transportation and child care costs. Please apply at each site.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.


Your timetable may include subjects at a variety of levels determined during an entrance assessment. You may need to complete specific prerequisites for some courses.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Introductory Level
MTH070 Mathematics
Intermediate Level
CLT083 Computers
EAC140 English and Communications
MTH097 Mathematics
BIO080 Principles of Biology
CHM080 Principles of Chemistry
Advanced Level (ACE Credits)
BIO093 Principles of Human Biology
CHM093 Applied Chemistry
CPR090 Computer Fundamentals
CPR090 Communication & Self Management
EAC149 English and Communications
Students may complete ONE of the following
BNM091 Business Mathematics
MTH092 Technical Mathematics
MTH099 Apprenticeship Mathematics

2015/2016 Academic Year

Introductory Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
MTH070 Mathematics 5
Intermediate Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
CLT083 Computers 2
EAC140 English and Communications 8
MTH097 Mathematics 6
BIO080 Principles of Biology 6
CHM080 Principles of Chemistry 6
Advanced Level Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO093 Principles of Human Biology 6
CHM093 Applied Chemistry 6
CPR090 Computer Fundamentals 2
CSM090 Communication and Self Management 2
EAC149 English and Communications 4
Students may complete ONE of the following:
BNM091 Business Mathematics 6
MTH092 Mathematics 2
MTH099 Apprenticeship Mathematics 6

Contact Us

Registration & Records Advisors:
Vaughan & Newmarket Campuses: Denise Pegler / Irene Gialedakis
(905) 898-4455 Ext. 243 / Ext. 228
Newnham & Scarborough Campuses: Femi Nelson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22107
Yorkgate Campus: Rebecca Singh
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33781
Program Contacts:
Newnham Campus: Janet Wilson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26620
Yorkgate Campus: Bebena Demian
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 44772
Scarborough Campus: Gerald Anthony
(416) 293-3722 Ext. 261
Vaughan Campus: Irene Gialedakis / Denise Pegler
(905) 417-1781 Ext. 5833
Newmarket Campus: Irene Gialedakis
(905) 898-4455 Ext. 228
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