Glossary of Transfer Terms
A program of study, usually involving theoretical knowledge and research, and usually leading to a diploma, certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree.
Being allowed into an institution, faculty or program once the entrance requirements are met. Some admission is limited by spaces available, and by selection criteria.
The formal way of notifying a post-secondary institution that you want to be a student there.
A degree in an applied subject such as accounting, interior design or forest technology.
The system used by post-secondary institutions to determine which courses are equivalent to one another.
Taking a course for interest, and not for credit. Auditing students usually don't do assignments or exams, and don't get a grade.
Basis of Admission
The evidence, primarily academic, on which your admission decision is based, e.g., high school record, college credits and GPA, etc.
The British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, who is responsible for the management of BC Transfer Guide and Education Planner.
The process whereby a block of credits is granted to students who have successfully completed a cluster of courses, certificate or diploma, recognized as having an academic wholeness or integrity, and related in a meaningful way to part of the degree program.
The book of rules, regulations, policies, programs (and requirements), and courses for a particular post-secondary institution.
An applied program of study involving theoretical and practical knowledge, usually leading directly to a certificate or diploma in a specific career path.
Recognition of successful completion of a program of study, of varying lengths, often one year.
The head of a program or department. "Coordinator" is sometimes used synonymously with "Chair."
College, or Community College
In BC, an institution offering programs in a wide range of educational choices: career/technical, vocational, upgrading, academic/transfer, ESL, etc.
A program of study with a required number of courses in a specific discipline. Similar to a Major or Minor, but with fewer requirements.
The system of having paid work placements, usually four to eight months, as a component of a program of study.
A description of the main content, organization and expected outcomes of a course, normally including the number of credits awarded, hours of class time, how it's evaluated, assignments, and texts (also called a syllabus).
The value given to a course. May be related to the number of hours of instruction. The majority of academic courses are worth three credits. Many degrees require 120 credits. (See also Unit.)
Head of a Faculty. For example, the Dean of Science is the Head of the Faculty of Science.
Recognition of successful completion of a program of studies (usually about 40 courses, or 120 credits, or 60 units), often with a specific Major, Minor or Concentration.
Degree granting institution
The institutions which grant bachelor's degrees.
Faculty and administrators associated with a particular discipline or program (e.g. the Sociology Department).
Recognition of successful completion of a program of study, usually two years in length. Post-degree diplomas are often one year in length.
Also managed by BCCAT, Education Planner provides information on programs, admission requirements, tuition fees and application dates for all of BC's 27 public post-secondary institutions.
The waiving of a prerequisite or required course for students who have proven they have comparable learning. The student may be required to replace the exempted course with an alternate.
The teachers at a post-secondary institution. Also a grouping of departments and programs in a similar area (e.g., Faculty of Arts).
GPA or Grade Point Average
The average overall grade for all courses taken for credit in a particular semester, year or institution. A cumulative GPA (CGPA) is the average of all grades for courses taken to date at one institution.
In BC, a post-secondary school that provides specialized training in technologies and trades, art and design, law enforcement or indigenous studies.
A process which allows you to build upon previously earned credits or credentials, either from secondary or post-secondary institutions.
Letter of Permission (LOP)
A document which gives you permission to take a course at an institution other than the university in which you are currently enrolled. (See "The Importance of a Letter of Permission".)
Lower division (or lower level)
General introductory courses, usually making up the first two years of a bachelor's degree.
A program of study in a degree where about 25-50% of the courses are in a single discipline (e.g. Philosophy, History).
A program of study requiring fewer courses than a major.
A course taken for learning value. A grade may be assigned, but the course is not usually applicable to a credential.
Post-secondary Application Service of British Columbia, which provides students the opportunity to apply for admission over the Internet (pas.bc.ca) to BC public post-secondary institutions.
As in "precludes credit for Anthropology 301." A preclusion indicates you will not receive credit if you take the precluded course later.
A course you must take before you can take a more advanced course in the discipline.
Your informal checklist of the requirements for a program, and how many of those requirements you have satisfied with your various courses (including transferred courses).
The institution to which you are transferring.
The process of enroling in individual courses after completion of all required admission procedures.
A course you must take in order to complete a credential.
The number of courses or credits (or percentage of the program) you must complete at an institution to graduate from that institution.
The institution from which you are transferring.
See Course outline.
An official transcript is the original record verifying your enrolment and achievement, and certified (e.g., by signature and/or seal) by the institution. It is normally sent directly, by mail or electronically, on your request.
Consists of the granting of credit (transfer credit) toward a credential by one institution, for programs or courses completed at another.
Recognition of learning where the course doesn't have a specific equivalent at the receiving institution. See Types of Transfer Credit for more details.
In BC, a post-secondary institution that offers a range of degrees (bachelors', masters', and doctorates), post-degree certificates and diplomas, and is normally involved in research in addition to teaching.
See Credit. Only the University of Victoria uses a unit rather than a credit system: 1 unit = 2 credits.
Upper division (or upper level)
Less general, more focused courses, usually making up most of the final two years of a bachelor's degree.