Basic Skills Certificate A - Fundamentals

Adult Special Education programs allow students with learning difficulties to study basic literacy, math, communication, workplace awareness and other life skills.

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Program details

The Basic Skills Certificate Fundamentals- (BSCA-F) Program is a 10-month program which supports students in an individualized course of study to achieve their educational and personal development goals. This program is for students who wish to develop academic and independent living skills. Program content includes courses which focus on basic English and math skills, interpersonal and self-management skills, and skills for increasing independence.

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Admission requirements

Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age or be at least 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system for at least 12 months or have a school-leaving certificate. Any applicant not meeting the age requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counselor and be interviewed by the ASE Admissions Committee. The recommendation and interview information of the underage applicant will be referred to the Dean. The applicant will be admitted only if approved by the Dean and space is available. In cases of underage admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.

General Requirements: All students must participate in an intake interview with the ASE Admissions Committee.

All students must:

  • Complete a reading and math assessment
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and participate in a group setting
  • Demonstrate emotional stability- have no behavioural or emotional problems that would significantly interfere with the learning or safety of self or others
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning
  • Have a documented learning difficulty

Eligibility for admission is based on evidence of the above requirements being demonstrated in the assessment interview and must include at least two of the following (students must provide documentation at their own effort and expense):

  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Records of previous participation in special or supported programs in a public institution or school (ex: IEP or school transcript)
  • Documentation of disability from a physician or medical specialist
  • Referral from Community Living BC (CLBC)
  • Recommendation from an instructor in the Okanagan College Adult Upgrading Department, another college, or high school
  • Referral from a community agency

Special Circumstances: Students who lack appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally on the recommendation of the instructor with the approval of the Department Chair. In cases of conditional admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.


Program outline

Students will be supported to achieve their educational and personal development goals. Courses within the BSCA-F Program are skills-based and are adjusted to meet individual student needs. Course work begins at each student's level of competency. Skills aimed at and achieved will vary according to the needs, goals, and abilities of the students.

BSCA-F students must complete 4 courses:

LSIN 010 Literacy - English I

LSIN 010A Numeracy - Mathematics I

LSIN 020 Human Relations

LSIN 023 Health and Safety

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