Students must earn a minimum of 80 credits in required and elective courses in order to meet the Ministry of Education graduation requirements and receive the Provincial Dogwood Graduation Diploma. Below is an overview of what is needed to graduate:
- 48 credits from required courses
- 28 credits from elective courses
- 4 credits from Graduation Transitions
- A minimum of 16 credits at the grade 12 level
By engaging in as many opportunities as possible, students broaden their educational experience and are better prepared for life after secondary school. Students are encouraged to aim well above the minimum credit level.
Students going on to post-secondary need to fulfill the exit requirements for graduation as well as the entrance requirements for their specific post-secondary program. Students are advised to check with their chosen post- secondary institutions early and often as these requirements are subject to change.
REQUIRED COURSES: 48 credits
SUBJECT AREA: MINIMUM CREDITS
Physical Education 10 4
Planning 10 4
English 10 4
A Mathematics 10 4
Science 10 4
Social Studies 10 4
English or Communications 11 4
A Mathematics 11 4
A Social Studies 11 or First Nations Studies 12 4
A Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 4
A Science 11 or 12 4
English or Communications 12 4
ELECTIVE COURSES: 28 credits
Students must earn at least 28 elective
credits from courses numbered 10, 11 or 12.
GRADUATION TRANSITIONS: 4 credits
Graduation Transitions is intended to prepare students
for a successful transition to life after secondary school.
OVERALL TOTAL: 80 credits
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Attributes of a BC Graduate
Characteristics of the ideal BC graduate:
In their intellectual development, graduates should achieve:
Competency in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science, including the ability to use these skills in problem solving and decision making.
The ability to use and understand information technologies.
The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences; this includes the ability to access, synthesize and present information; it also includes:
-Knowledge of both a first and second language.
-An understanding and appreciation of artistic and aesthetic expressi
The ability to think critically and solve problems, using information to develop opinions and make sound judgments and decisions.
An understanding of the importance of a lifelong commitment to continuous learning.
In their human and social development, graduates should achieve:
The knowledge and skills required to be socially responsible citizens who act in caring and principled ways, respecting the diversity of all the people and the rights o others to hold different ideas and beliefs.
The knowledge and understanding they need to participate in democracy as Canadian and global citizens, actin in accordance with the laws, rights and responsibilities of a democracy.
The attitudes, knowledge and positive habits they need to be healthy individuals, responsible for their physical and emotional well- being.
The attitudes and competencies they need to be community contributors who take the initiative to improve their own and others’ quality of life.
In their career development, graduates should achieve:
The confidence and competencies they need to be self-directed individuals who display initiative, set priorities, establish goals, and take responsibility for pursuing those goals in an ever changing society.
Knowledge and understanding of the range of career choices available to them, the prospects for success in those careers, and the actions required to pursue specific career paths.
Experience in planning for, and working towards, career and life goals.
The skills required to work effectively and safely with others, and to succeed both as individual and collaborative workers.
The Graduation Program is designed to support every graduate to acquire these attributes.
See www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation for details and policies.